MTPR

Columbia Falls Montana

Middle Fork of the Flathead River.
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The Flathead National Forest and Glacier National Park are updating the comprehensive river management plan for the three forks of the Flathead River.

The plan will describe the current status of the river, outline goals and desired conditions, determine user capacities and create a monitoring strategy and plan.

Workers in SmartLam's current facility in 2015
Corin Cates-Carney

The Columbia Falls company SmartLam Technologies is expanding.

The timber products company plans to increase production and more than double its workforce to 75 employees. In January, it’s moving its operation to the former Weyerhaeuser lumber mill property in Columbia Falls.

Montana's Flathead Valley from above.
Nicky Ouellet

Flathead County Commissioners voted unanimously today not to relocate the county’s overcrowded jail to property owned by the Weyerhaeuser Company in Columbia Falls. 

The Environmental Protection Agency designated the former Columbia Falls Aluminum Company as an official Superfund site in September 2016.
Courtesy Columbia Falls Aluminum Company

An EPA toxicologist will be in Columbia Falls Thursday night to talk about a forthcoming human health risk assessment for the CFAC Superfund Site.

 

Nicky Ouellet

Flathead County Commissioners today took a step towards legalizing and regulating short-term housing rentals outside of incorporated towns. Vacation rentals by owner, or VRBOs, are currently illegal outside of Kalispell, Columbia Falls and Whitefish, but people are doing it anyway.

Commissioner Pam Holmquist voted in favor of a resolution to change county regulations, which passed on a 2-1 vote.

“We're just trying to help the VRBO individuals and the community have a voice in this,” says Holmquist.

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