Chuck Curry

Glacier National Park's Lake McDonald Lodge.
David Restivo / National Parks Service (PD)

Update 4:15 p.m.

For the second year running, the historic Lake McDonald Lodge will close for the season early because of a fire burning in Glacier National Park.

The Howe Ridge Fire continues to burn more than 3,500 acres on the northwest side of Lake McDonald.

School bus.

There’s breaking news about the threats that have kept nearly 16,000 students at 30 schools in the Flathead Valley out of class since Thursday.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says, "We do want to re-assure the public that we have ruled out any sort of credible physical threat to our kids."

Police car.

Updated 6:40 p.m.

Flathead Valley schools will remain closed tomorrow due to an ongoing investigation into unspecified threats.

Just after 6 p.m. tonight Kalispell Superintendent Mark Flatau said all schools in the Flathead Valley will remain closed. That includes private schools.

Local government officials said the state is unfairly shifting the cost of housing the state’s prisoners to their taxpayers.  They are asking lawmakers to restore the payments to the actual costs

The root of the problem, said Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry is the sheer number of state inmates.

Grizzly Bear Kills Person Near Glacier National Park

Jun 29, 2016
Grizzly bear.

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Montana authorities say a grizzly bear has killed a person in the Flathead National Forest just outside Glacier National Park.