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April 8, 2020 2:31 p.m.

Another arctic blast expected Friday into Saturday

Another blast of arctic weather will hit the Flathead Valley late Friday into the weekend with cold and snow and lows down to about 10 degrees by Saturday night.

April 8, 2020 2:02 p.m.

Job Service here to help folks with unemployment questions

The Job Service in Kalispell is here to help folks with questions about jobs and unemployment benefits, director Laura Gardner said.

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April 8, 2020 9:05 a.m.

Warning: Disease carrying ticks out in full force in local woods

A lot of folks are out recreating in the woods during the novel coronavirus outbreak — even with Glacier National Park closed, there are still millions of acres to hike, fish, float, hunt and recreate on while keeping a safe distance.

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April 8, 2020 6:39 a.m.

City council meeting marred by obscenity from hackers

A city council meeting Monday night by Zoom videoconferencing was repeatedly sabotaged by hackers, who yelled out racial slurs, made pornographic references, swore and were generally disruptive.

Barbara K Burch
April 8, 2020 6:09 a.m.

Barbara K Burch

Barbara K Burch, 64, of Kalispell died March 29, 2020 in Kalispell. Barbara is survived by her husband Scott and her children Samuel Scott Burch and Sara Ann Burch. Services are pending arrangements. Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.

April 8, 2020 6:04 a.m.

The Blotter: Father discharges gun in living room, oops

Tuesday, March 31

April 8, 2020 6:03 a.m.

1918 flu swept through North Fork

It is a lot easier to practice “social distancing” on the North Fork than it is in town. Up here we can always go for a walk, play with the dog outside, or even sit on the riverbank and watch for geese. As an old guy I have never experienced anything like this coronavirus. Nor have the few folks older than I am. However this is not the first pandemic to affect the whole country and the world -- even the North Fork.

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April 8, 2020 6:02 a.m.

Grocery stores encourage curbside pickup; Smith’s limiting number of people in stores

As critical elements of an essential service, grocery store employees are providing an indispensable amenity to the public at great risk to themselves. To that end, grocery store management has been encouraging people to participate in curbside pickup or grocery delivery to keep everyone, customers and staff alike, healthy and happy during the coronavirus pandemic.

April 8, 2020 5:59 a.m.

Hang in there

For those of us old enough to remember or to watch reruns of the 1950s classic Dragnet, we can easily recall Sgt. Friday’s quote, “Just the facts, ma’am.” That quote became locked into America’s lexicon, highlighting a simple ask of all of us to be honest with each other. The facts unfolding before us regarding COVID-19 are no different.

April 8, 2020 5:57 a.m.

Somers Beach comment period extended

The comment period for the proposed Somers Beach state park along Flathead Lake’s north shore has been extended to Wednesday.

April 8, 2020 5:57 a.m.

Event next next month gives a big boost to local non-profits

The Whitefish Community Foundation has announced it will join the global giving day to help unleash generosity and connect donors with nonprofits that are suffering operationally during the COVID-19 crisis. The annual Giving Tuesday will be renamed A Day of Giving and Unity and will be a 28-hour campaign beginning at 8 a.m., Tuesday, May 5 and ending at noon on May 6.

April 8, 2020 5:57 a.m.

Primary will be mail-in ballot

Montana’s June 2 primary will be conducted by mail in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Same-day registration and voting will still be allowed while a new law could mean election results will be available earlier than usual, officials said.

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April 8, 2020 5:56 a.m.

We’ve been here before: The Spanish flu struck Columbia Falls in 1918. The story is eerily similar to today

Helen Carroll made a trip to Libby when she was 16 years old.

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April 8, 2020 5:51 a.m.

Glacier Distilling making hand sanitizer, and a little whiskey

Glacier Distilling Company in Coram is diverting a portion of its whiskey production towards producing ethanol for hand sanitizer.

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April 8, 2020 5:49 a.m.

LC Staffing awarded Glacier Park shuttle contract

LC Staffing will run Glacier National Park’s shuttle operation from its Columbia Falls office, the company and the Park Service announced last week.

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April 8, 2020 5:45 a.m.

Yesterdays: Old cars used to manage riverbanks

70 years ago

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April 6, 2020 9:32 a.m.

Lions Club plans Easter Egg hunt, with proper precautions

The Columbia Falls Lions Club Easter egg hunt should go on Easter Sunday, albeit in a closed fashion due to concerns about the novel coronavirus.

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April 3, 2020 2:35 p.m.

Bullock implores folks to heed stay at home order

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock reiterated the importance of social distancing as Montana enters its third week since the first novel coronavirus cases were found in the state.

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April 3, 2020 1:40 p.m.

Glacier Park will continue to plow roads, visitors or not

Glacier National Park is proceeding with snowplowing as planned, Jim Foster, chief of facilities management for the park, confirmed in an email Wednesday.

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April 2, 2020 10:52 a.m.

Hospital preparing for COVID-19 peak: ‘This isn’t New York City where the cow has already left the barn.’

Kalispell Regional Healthcare officials said Wednesday current medical research suggests Montana’s coronavirus outbreak most likely won’t peak until late April. To further prepare for that reality, local health-care leaders have ordered additional ventilators and are exploring the hospital’s ability to expand bed capacity.

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