Flathead County

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.

Lew Weaver (left) owns Montana Artesian Water Company, which has been embroiled in legal battles since announcing plans to operate a water bottling plant outside Kalispell three years ago.
Nicky Ouellet / MTPR

About 100 people went to a hearing in Kalispell Tuesday in a lawsuit aimed at preventing a water bottling plant from producing and distributing its product.