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Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial addressing the Glacier Country Pachyderm Club in Kalispell Friday
Nicky Ouellet

Whitefish Chief of Police Bill Dial says he’s doubtful a threatened armed march through Whitefish will actually happen.

A neo-Nazi website is calling for the march on Martin Luther King Day.

Flickr user, Harold (cc-by-2.0)

The so-called Quiet Waters Initiative — a slew of proposals that could redefine recreation on some Montana rivers and streams — rocked the boat at the first of several public hearings this week hosted by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The agency is taking comment on nearly 30 proposed regulation changes that would limit horsepower, set seasonal restrictions and outright ban motorized watercraft along some rivers and stream segments that feed into the Clark Fork, Flathead, Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers.

One of the trucks in a procession meant to honor a Flathead High School student killed in a car accident
George Giavasis

George Giavasis looked out his living room window yesterday afternoon and was taken aback by what he saw. He lives in a residential neighborhood near Flathead High School in Kalispell.

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election last Tuesday, there are numerous reports on the internet of an uptick in election-fueled harassment and intimidation. But's not just the internet, nor just outside of Montana.

Human rights organizations, local police departments and schools here are reporting, or checking out reports, that include pamphlet drops touting Nazi Party ideology, anonymous graffiti bashing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and Facebook posts loaded with vitriol and name-calling.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau
Nicky Ouellet

With less than a week left before the polls close, candidates running for office in Montana are scrambling to reel in votes. Democratic hopefuls converged on Kalispell Wednesday for a joint campaign stop along a 17-city statewide tour. MTPR's Nicky Ouellet talks with U.S. House candidate Denise Juneau about campaigning, voting, and why it matters.

The Kalispell Bypass opened Friday, October 28, ahead of schedule and under budget.
Montana Department of Transportation

Driving the length of the Flathead Valley got a little easier Friday. The Kalispell Bypass along Highway 93 is finished. 

Pastor Shahram Hadian addresses a packed house at an event in Kalispell hosted by ACT for America's Flathead County Chapter
Nicky Ouellet

Earlier this week, a group called ACT for America hosted a speaker in Missoula who drew more protesters than listeners. Last night he spoke in Kalispell to a very different crowd.

Pastor Shahram Hadian drew more than 150 people for a lecture sponsored by ACT’s Flathead Valley chapter about what he calls “the fallacies of a peaceful Islam.”

Weyerhaeuser closed its lumber and plywood mills in Columbia Falls last week.
Eric Whitney

A job at the lumber mills in Columbia Falls was supposed to be the kind of job you’d have forever. But forever came to an end last Friday, when the Weyerhaeuser Company sawed its last logs at its lumber and plywood mills in the industrial heart of the Flathead Valley. The mills had been open since the late 1940s.

Members of Water For Flathead's Future watch a documentary on water bottling at a potluck Wednesday night.
Nicky Ouellet

If water is becoming the new oil, the Flathead Valley could become the new Bakken. That’s what many people fear since news of a proposed water bottling plant outside of Kalispell broke earlier this spring.

Last week, Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality hosted a public meeting to take comments on one aspect of the proposed facility. Comments are due this coming Monday.

With "Tumbleweed," his third recording in five years, singer/songwriter/guitarist Mike Murray brings a new level of maturity to his bluesy, folk-rock music. Murray, from Kalispell, Montana, credits new fatherhood for the personal lyrics and rich production qualities of this group of songs. 

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