Montana Public Radio

Whitefish Montana

Priced Out Of House And Home In The Flathead

Jun 7, 2021
Amber Hogan lost her rental in Kalispell after the owner decided to sell. “I didn’t think I would be able to find a place on my salary,” she said. “I sort of took it as a sign that it was just time to move on from Kalispell.”
Justin Franz / Montana Free Press

KALISPELL — As home prices soar and people move in, Flathead Valley residents are stymied by a dwindling supply of rental properties. For Kalispell's Amber Hogan, that means pulling up roots and leaving Montana.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks specialists Tuesday killed an adult female grizzly and its yearling due to their history of livestock depredation in the Haskill Basin area near Whitefish.

A sign reading "Whitefish Depot" in front of the Great Northern train depot in Whitefish, MT
Josh Burnham

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Amtrak's Empire Builder train has resumed daily service from Chicago to Seattle and Portland, including a dozen stops along Montana's Hi-Line, after cutbacks made due to the pandemic.

What Slowing Vaccine Rates Mean For One Rural Montana County

May 11, 2021
Dawn Stratton, a registered nurse in Kalispell, administers covid-19 vaccines at the Flathead County fairgrounds. While Flathead County is seeing demand for vaccinations lag, the mass clinic at the fairgrounds has overall been a place of hope.
Katheryn Houghton / Kaiser Health News

KALISPELL, Mont. — The COVID vaccination operation at the Flathead County fairgrounds can dole out 1,000 doses in seven hours. But demand has plummeted recently, down to fewer than 70 requests for the shots a day.

'For Rent' sign in front of a house.

A new law in Montana prohibits local governments from requiring builders to include housing units for low- and moderate-income families in new projects. The restriction comes as some communities were getting programs off the ground.

A partial view of hands pushing a wheelchair with an elderly person sitting in it.
Stock photo (PD)

Families of four former Whitefish Care And Rehabilitation residents filed a lawsuit in county court Tuesday alleging that negligence in implementing COVID-19 protocols at the facility led to their family members' deaths.

A man on the street wearing a mask and holding a phone.

The Whitefish City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday requiring individuals to use masks or face coverings inside businesses and in public when social distancing is not possible.

Hospitality Industry May Suffer From Foreign Visa Suspension

Jul 6, 2020
Downtown Whitefish, MT.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

After hosting exchange students from all over the world for the last 15 years, Whitefish resident Sue Moll will have a much quieter house this ski season.

Every year, Moll hosts foreign J-1 visa workers who travel to the U.S. to work at Whitefish Mountain Resort (WMR) as part of a cultural exchange, but the resort won’t be able to hire those employees for the 2020-2021 season.

After the Trump administration suspended some foreign worker visas until at least the end of the year, including the J-1 visa, a number of businesses in the Flathead Valley’s hospitality industry will not be able to utilize foreign workers that they typically hire seasonally.

A snapshot testing site run by the Flathead Community Health Center began testing local workers in West Glacier, Mont. June 16, 2020.
Aaron Bolton / Montana Public Radio

COVID-19 testing sites are starting to open in tourism hotspots as Montana begins its Community Snapshot Testing Initiative. The program is part of the state’s effort to detect outbreaks early as it welcomes back out-of-state visitors.

Whitefish High School graduates sit in evenly spaced chairs at the Majestic Valley Arena near Whitefish June 6, 2020 as classmates and faculty gave speeches and family look on from the bleachers.
Aaron Bolton / Montana Public Radio

Montana’s high school graduates haven’t had a traditional end to their senior year, but some schools were able to send their students off during in-person graduation ceremonies over the past two weeks. One Whitefish student has his own take on what it meant to walk across the graduation stage.