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Flathead County

Plastic bottles for recycling.
(PD)

Starting next month, Flathead County will no longer accept plastics or steel can recycling. The change stems from market forces in China. 

Site of the the proposed Montana Artesian Water Company bottling plant near Creston, MT.
Nicky Ouellet

A company that wants to open a water bottling plant outside Kalispell was given a water right permit by the state Friday.

Montana’s Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has granted Creston-based Montana Artesian Water Company’s permit to pump 710 acre-feet per year from the Flathead Valley’s deep aquifer.

George Wilcoxen at his sentencing in January
Nicky Ouellet

A Bigfork man was sentenced to at least five years in prison Wednesday for felony sexual assault on a minor.

73-year-old George Wilcoxen was accused of sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl in 2013. He was sentenced to 20 years in state prison with 15 years suspended and 30 days in Flathead County Jail.

Lower Twin Creek Fire, west of Kalispell.
Montana DNRC

Multiple wildfires discovered yesterday continue burning across Flathead County. High winds took down power lines and caused smoldering debris piles to escape their perimeters. Four of the fires authorities are responding to range in size from 200 to 300 acres.

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. 

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