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The weeping wall on Glacier Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road.
David Restivo, NPS (PD)

Glacier National Park has awarded a new contract for its popular shuttle service. This comes after Flathead County canceled its contract with the park, claiming it wasn’t paid enough to supply drivers.

Tourists at the Apgar Visitor Center in Glacier National Park.
GlacierNPS (PD)

Glacier National Park will continue offering free shuttle rides for visitors around the park in 2020. The service has been in question after Flathead County pulled out of its contract to run the shuttles.

The weeping wall on Glacier Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road.
David Restivo, NPS (PD)

Glacier National Park officials say they will continue a shuttle service along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, with or without Flathead County. County officials voted last week to end the 12-year long relationship with the park.

Glacier National Park's Logan Pass Visitor Center on a busy summer day.
Tom Westbrook (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0)

Flathead County is canceling its decade old shuttle service in Glacier National Park. County officials say the Park isn’t keeping up its end of the deal as growing crowds drive up costs. 

A firefighter stands in front of flames from a wildfire. Stock photo.
(PD)

Wildland firefighting is a team effort. California has helped Montana during wildfire crises, and now Montana is returning the favor.

California’s fires have consumed tens of thousands of acres and forced thousands to flee their homes. With their resources stretched thin and firefighters battling fatigue, incident commanders reached out for help Sunday.

Downtown Whitefish, MT.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

A Flathead County land use consulting company is suing the City of Whitefish, saying it violated Montana open meeting laws when it crafted its recently implemented affordable housing policy.

FLBS visiting researcher Xiong Xiong collects samples to look for microplastics in Flathead Lake. He is using methods similar to his Yangtze River research project to determine microplastic concentrations in the Flathead Lake watershed.
Heather Fraley / FLBS

Plastics like the fibers in t-shirts and the abrasive beads in body wash are polluting rivers more than previously thought, according to researchers from the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station.

Influenza cases reported by week, Montana 2018-2019 season. Jan. 18, 2019.
Montana DPHHS

Flu season is well underway and as a result, some healthcare facilities in Northwest Montana are restricting visiting hours.

Kalispell Regional Healthcare announced Tuesday that children under age 13 won’t be allowed to visit Kalispell Regional Medical Center, The HealthCenter and Pathways Treatment Center after the facilities noted an increase in influenza admissions.

Montana Artesian Water Company.
Nicky Ouellet / MTPR

A controversial water bottling plant in Flathead County can continue operating. The county’s Planning and Zoning Department said Thursday that it’s been grandfathered into a newly expanded agricultural zone.

Opponents of Montana Artesian Water Company’s plans to commercially bottle and sell water near Creston had hoped the expanded agricultural zone, approved by voters last June, would block the company from operating.

Richard Spencer file photo.
Nicky Ouellet / MTPR

The wife of white nationalist leader Richard Spencer has accused him of physically, verbally and emotionally abusing her in divorce papers filed in Flathead County.

Nina Koupriianova said Spencer abused her throughout their eight-year marriage.

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