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L to R, Kedryn McElderry, Gabe Mahoney, Kyllian Mahoney, Walter Pearson and Cherilyn DeVries are members of Flathead LGBTQ Alliance
Nicky Ouellet

Young people growing up queer in Montana say one of the hardest parts is how truly alone it can feel to be different under the big sky.

For the last seven months, a group of mostly high school students in the Flathead Valley has been trying to change that. They call themselves the Flathead LGBTQ Alliance, and are hosting Ally Night Thursday in Whitefish. The goal is to raise community awareness while providing support and a safe place for kids who are trying to figure themselves out.

Flathead County went big for Republicans two years ago, voting red for every statewide and federal office. But Flathead Democrats are pushing for a blue wave from local races to Montana’s lone U.S. House seat. This afternoon we sent Nicky Ouellet to hear what voters in the Flathead are thinking on election day.

Kalispell Clergy Plan Post-Election 'Vigil For Restoration'
Courtesy Kalispell First Presbyterian Church

As divisive campaign rhetoric reaches fever-pitch on election day, a group of clergy in Kalispell is trying to reunite their communities by hosting a pair of interfaith vigils Wednesday.

The Post-Election Vigil for Restoration was borne out of what First Presbyterian Church Community Pastor Miriam Mauritzen calls a loss of love of neighbor.

Attendees at Vice President Mike Pence's rally on behalf of U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale were given campaign stickers as tickets at the event in Kalispell, MT on Nov. 5, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet

Vice President Mike Pence was in Kalispell Monday morning campaigning for Republican Senate hopeful Matt Rosendale and Congressman Greg Gianforte.

About 550 people attended Pence’s third visit to Montana, held in a hangar at Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell.

Katherine Stats, West Glacier Paradise. Oil on linen panel 18x24.
Hockaday Museum of Art

Like thousands of tourists, businesses and locals, wildfire altered plans for some 40 artists participating in a residency program hosted by Kalispell’s Hockaday Museum of Art last summer.

Drinking fountain.
Joseph Thomas Photography / iStock

State agencies are working on a proposed rule change that early next year would require every public school in the state to test drinking water for lead. One of them, Department of Environmental Quality, also proposes funnelling some of its funding into new grants to help schools pay for testing and remediation.

The Flathead National Forest is now taking comments on how it should manage the three forks of the Flathead River.
U.S. Forest Service

The last of this summer’s six public meetings on the management plan for the future of the Flathead River happens Wednesday in Kalispell.

Hosted by the Flathead National Forest and Glacier National Park, it will focus on recreation monitoring and scenery, two of the river’s outstanding remarkable values protected under its Wild and Scenic River designation.

Ammon Bundy speaking at a forum hosted by the American Academy for Constitutional Education (AAFCE) at the Burke Basic School in Mesa, Arizona.
Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

Some of the biggest names in the contemporary iteration of the Sagebrush Rebellion — including Ammon Bundy — will be in Whitefish on Saturday.

An oily sheen on the shoreline of Flathead Lake near Somers, MT, May 2017.
Nicky Ouellet

A year-and-a-half after a mysterious, oily sheen was reported on the north end of Flathead Lake, a state agency is proposing a ban on new groundwater wells near Somers. It’s part of the cleanup plan for a local Superfund Site.

Browning Public School bus.
Browning Public School Facebook

A school bus full of Browning students and staff was turned away from a Flathead-area convenience store for the second time in a year.

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