Whitefish Montana

Montana’s Washington delegation today announced the Whitefish Lake Watershed Project will receive $2 million in federal funding.

'Protectors' Gather In Montana, Show Solidarity With Standing Rock Sioux

Sep 14, 2016
Self-titled "Protectors" gathered on the Higgins Street Bridge on September 13, 2016 to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. Other rallies happened in Whitefish, Poplar, and Lame Deer.
Cole Grant

Montanans joined in organizing four of the estimated 200 events nationwide yesterday in support of the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Environmental and tribal organizations rallied in Poplar, Lame Deer, Whitefish and Missoula, where our Flathead Valley reporter Nicky Ouellet and Missoula reporter Cole Grant gathered these stories.

The DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline) being installed between farms, as seen from 50th Avenue in New Salem, North Dakota.
Flickr user Tony Webster (CC-BY-SA-2)

Environmental organizations in two Montana cities are participating in a national rally Tuesday afternoon in support of the ongoing protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

Roughly two dozen indigenous rights and environmental groups across the country are organizing events in more than 100 American and a few international cities, including Whitefish and Missoula.

On August 28, 2016, after 365 days, the longest mission in project history, six crew members exited from their Mars simulation habitat on slopes of Mauna Loa on the Big Island. The crew lived in isolation in a geodesic dome set in a Mars-like environment
Courtesy The University of Hawaii

For the past year, two Montana natives lived on Mars — or, as least at close as we can get. Carmel Johnston and Tristan Bassingthwaighte were part of a simulated Mars-mission, funded by NASA and run by the University of Hawaii. From a Hard Rock Cafe on Oahu, they told MTPR's Nicky Ouellet about their past year living and working in an isolated space dome.

Conservationists threw a party Saturday to celebrate permanent land protections in the Haskill Basin watershed east of Whitefish.

A logging proposal just north of Whitefish seems to have widespread local backing. It’s also raised a few quality-of-life related concerns.

The project near Whitefish Mountain Resort is designed to reduce fire danger and protect the City of Whitefish's watershed.
By Donnie Clapp for Whitefish Mountain Resort

The decline of the Canadian dollar can be seen in the empty rooms in hotels and lodges on the U.S. side of the border, in Whitefish.

Some accommodation businesses in the area are struggling to fill rooms while visitation at Whitefish festivals this fall and winter was down about 20 percent.

Montana Ski Areas Gear Up For An Unpredictable Ski Season
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Another ski season is set to begin, and, after a disappointing snow year in most of the state last year, locals are itching to get on the mountain. This year, a big concern shadowing the upcoming season is the possibility of a “godzilla El Niño” pushing warmer temperatures up north.

The hospital in Whitefish has agreed to work more closely with Kalispell Regional Healthcare starting next year. 

The North Valley Hospital Board voted to formalize a relationship with Kalispell Regional on October 27th. Kalispell hospital leaders agreed to an affiliation agreement earlier in the month.

Skiers Talk Risk And Uncertainty At Whitefish Avalanche Workshop
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During the 2013-2014 avalanche year, six people died in avalanches across Montana. At least 108 have died in the state since record keeping started in the 1950s. For the past decade and a half, these kinds of deaths have been trending upward across the country.

More than a hundred people showed up for information and to listen to speakers about risk and communication in avalanches at the Flathead Avalanche Center workshop in Whitefish last weekend.

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