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Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke and South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy campaign in Kalispell on Tuesday, August 9 2016.
Nicky Ouellet

Representative Ryan Zinke whipped a crowd of supporters to nationalistic fervor at a fundraiser in Kalispell Tuesday afternoon, focusing on such topics as the ailing economy, immigration reform and what he called the scandals of Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

Volunteer firefighters from the Flathead Valley walked a mile to raise money for reparis and equpment for the Smith Valley Fire Department's Foys Lake staion, which was damaged by arson fire on July 3.
Nicky Oullet

On the eve of the one of the most active days of the year for fire fighters in Montana, July 3, someone set fire to the Smith Valley Fire Department’s Foys Lake station outside of Kalispell.


Senator Jon Tester is meeting with local community and business leaders in Columbia Falls Friday to discuss job training for workers impacted by impending timber mill closures.

The investigation continues into an alleged arson at a fire station just outside of Kalispell.
Flickr user Ariane Middel (CC-BY-2.0)

The investigation continues into an alleged arson at a fire station just outside of Kalispell.

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

One of the world's largest private owners of timberlands is shutting down two mills in Columbia Falls later this year.

The Weyerhaeuser Company announced the closure of its lumber mill and plywood mill today.

A gun lock is a metal cable attached to a small padlock that goes through the gun's action
Kencf0618 (CC-BY-SA-3)

Last year, at least 265 kids in the U.S. found a gun, pulled the trigger and accidentally shot themselves or someone else. It wasn’t always fatal, but it’s something that very easily could have been avoided.

Kalispell Police Captain of Investigations Doug Overman demonstrates how to use a gun lock at a recent gun safety event in Kalispell.
Nicky Ouellet

Shooting sports advocates and law enforcement officials met in Kalispell today to tell gun owners it’s their responsibility to keep their guns properly stored to keep kids and others in their community safe.

Democrat Denise Juneau and Republican Ryan Zinke
Denise Juneau: courtesy Bronte Wittpen; Ryan Zinke: William Marcus

Candidates for Montana’s House seat are calling for debates to challenge each other on key issues. But the campaigns don’t agree on when and where those debates should take place. Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke and Democrat Denise Juneau have both proposed dates and venues for debates.

"A Town on Fire" screening and panel discussion Friday, June 3, in Helena.
Courtesy MHRN

Hate groups. Anti-government radicals. White supremacists. These are taglines for a new documentary film featuring the cultural climate of the Flathead Valley.

Two years after the only health clinic in the Flathead Valley that provided abortions was violently destroyed, its former owner is suing a local ministry group. 

Susan Cahill’s All Families Health Care clinic was vandalized by Zachary Klundt in March 2014.