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Glacier Park's Logan Pass Visitor Center on a busy summer day.
Tom Westbrook (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0)

Glacier National Park’s new plan to address park congestion in the park drew 70 people together last night in the Flathead Valley. The plan calls for more parking lots and shuttles for visitors, but officials don’t think it’s a long-term fix.


An association of oil and gas industry members from Montana met in Billings this week to talk about issues the industry is facing, like transporting crude oil.

A non-profit organization that serves more than 12,000 people in southwest Montana is updating its community needs assessment. It helps determine which projects get the green light and affects how millions of dollars are allocated. Communities across Park, Gallatin and Meagher Counties identified affordable housing as one of the top priorities in the last assessment three years ago.

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.

Montana's 2018 infrastructure report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
American Society of Civil Engineers

There’s been some improvement in Montana’s roads, bridges and other public works projects since 2014, but they’re still generally in mediocre shape. That’s according to a new report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers. It gave Montana a ‘C’ grade Thursday in its latest analysis of public infrastructure here.

Railroad crossing.
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In a year when news of railroad crashes and train derailments from around the country have jumped into headlines, new data show railroad accidents in Montana are declining at a faster pace than most of the Northwest region.

Electric vehicle charging station.
Flathead Electric Co-Op

The Flathead Electric Co-op Monday announced a new pilot program to bring electric vehicle charging stations to the Flathead Valley.

The Co-op installed the Valley’s first electric vehicle charging stations at its headquarters in Kalispell in 2015. Now it’s hoping to partner with a few local business to install about dozen more.

Montana Vehicle Registration Fees Rise In 2018

Jan 3, 2018

Montanans are required to pay a little more to register their vehicles starting in 2018.

State lawmakers approved the fee hikes in their last session. Basically it means a 3 percent hike for all transactions involving all motor vehicles starting in the New Year. The cost depends on the age of your car or truck. 

American Airlines plane.
Stock photo (PD)

Missoula is getting more direct flights next summer. American Airlines and the Missoula International Airport announced Monday that direct service will begin in June: a seasonal route from Chicago and a year-round direct connection with Dallas.

Airport deputy director Brian Ellestad says that this has been a long time coming.

Due to budget cuts, some state park roads that are normally plowed in winter will only be accessible by foot this season.
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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has closed vehicle access to some state parks in northwest Montana this winter due to state budget cuts.

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