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Causes of known and probable documented mortalities of grizzly bear in the NCDE.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks


On Tuesday, grizzly bear managers announced that a representative from Montana’s Department of Transportation will be joining their committee in hopes of reducing a growing number of bear deaths on highways.

State and local comparison of maximum budgets and cost per student.
Kalispell Public Schools

Three years after a successful bond request to expand schools, Kalispell Public Schools are asking voters to upgrade technology and programming at the district’s high schools for the first time in more than a decade.

Ballots for the levy were sent Monday, asking for $1.2 million to benefit 2,900 high school students taking classes at Flathead and Glacier High Schools, the Linderman Education Center, and the Agricultural Education Center.

A bird's eye view of the southern reaches of the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio


A coalition of wildlife, conservation and outdoor recreation business groups has launched an effort to find ways to fund conservation and maintenance projects on public lands.

Eric Melson says the Montana Outdoor Heritage Project is trying to hear from 10,000 Montanans on what they value about the state’s public lands and outdoor recreation, and how those values should be funded.

Thank You Flathead Valley Listeners!

Mar 13, 2019
Thanks to everyone who joined us in Kalispell for the listener meet-up on March 7.
Anne Hosler / Montana Public Radio

Thanks to all the Flathead Valley listeners who joined us in Kalispell Thursday. It was a pleasure to meet you all and to hear your feedback. It was also a great send-off for Flathead Reporter Nicky Ouellet.

We couldn't imagine a friendlier group! Many of you told us how much you rely on MTPR's news and music programs. We especially appreciate your words of support and encouragement. Thank you again. This is your public radio station, and your feedback helps make it work even better for you.

A map showing the location of a proposed roundabout for the Dern-Springcreek intersection in Kalispell.
Montana Department of Transportation


An intersection west of Kalispell has clocked 50 crashes in the past 11 years. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) says a new roundabout could bring that number down. MDT will make its case at an open house this week. 

Join us at Kalispell Brewing Company and have a beer on us. We want to mix and mingle with you, hear your feedback, and celebrate public radio with our fantastic Flathead listeners.

It's also a send-off MTPR's Flathead Reporter Nicky Ouellet who will soon take over as the news director at Yellowstone Public Radio.

Stop by Kalispell Brewing Company and say hello, March 7, from 5 – 8 p.m.

National Weather Service headquarters in Missoula, Montana.
Josh Burnham / MTPR

A blast of arctic air is barreling down on the Northern Rockies. Some snow and blowing snow is in the forecast, but meteorologist Alex Lukinbeal says the system’s biggest threat comes in the form of bitter cold temperatures.

Josh Burnham

A third annual Women’s March is happening Saturday in cities across the country. But events scheduled in Missoula and Kalispell are steering clear of the national march’s agenda.

Lauren Small Rodriguez is one of the organizers of an entirely Native-led vigil for missing and murdered indigenous women taking place Saturday in Missoula.

Kalispell has received $12.7 million in federal funds to expand a section of the Highway 93 Bypass outside of town.

The U.S. Department of Transportation BUILD grant will expand a two-mile stretch from two to four lanes and remove the roundabout at Foys Lake Road.

House for sale.
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Today we’re taking a look at housing prices in Montana. In our last story, we reported on how tariffs on Canadian and Chinese building supplies are driving up prices for new homes in Montana.

But there appears to be some downward pressure on prices for existing homes.

“Well, so things are starting to change,” says Brint Wahlberg, of the Missoula Organization of Realtors.

Wahlberg says the local median sales price is still holding strong at close to $290,000.

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