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We are northwest Montana's longest-running newspaper. Since 1889, we've been proud to be your source for local news, sports, and entertainment for the Flathead Valley and beyond. Join us for our News Now as we highlight a handful of the top headlines for the week in the Flathead Valley and Montana. We will also share some local events for the week that are worth checking out. Our Deep Dives are conversations with local people, businesses, nonprofits, and agencies related to our community. Li ...
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On June 12, 2011, David Burgert — a convicted felon and militia leader who hatched a plan to overthrow state and local government a decade earlier — led police on a chase through the forests of western Montana. In a wooded area in the Lolo National Forest, David drove up a hill, got out of his truck and shot at two sheriff's deputies before disappearing into the wilderness. No one has seen him since. From the newsroom of the Flathead Beacon comes a new podcast about one of Montana's biggest ...
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A weekly Bible study and worship event at Fresh Life Church in Kalispell, Montana. John 19:17-18 says, "Carrying the cross by himself, he (Jesus) went to the place called Place of the Skull. There they nailed him to the cross." (NLT) The most beautiful thing that has ever happened in history occurred in a place of death—God died in our place. Skull Church is a platform to amplify the message of what happened on that skull-shaped hill to a lost world. www.skullchurch.com
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Learn the skills needed to explore the great outdoors with a human’s best friend, unleashed! Embrace the Free Range Dog mindset and enjoy the world with your dog, untethered from the apprehensions and concerns that often accompany those sharing the great outdoors with their dogs.
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Host Taylor Inman reads some of the previous week’s top stories, including how firefighters battled a blaze in a three-story hotel on Kalispell’s west side, why local Whitefish residents are increasingly at odds with the tourism industry’s impact on the city, and the details of an upcoming work session requested by Kalispell City Councilor Chad Gra…
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A comedy-drama about the bond among a group of Southern women, the Bigfork Community Players brings “Steel Magnolias” to the stage. Taylor Inman sits down with director Michele Mank to learn more about her vision of the beloved show. The play, written by Robert Harling and inspired by the untimely death of his sister, explores relationships among a…
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Welcome back to the Inter Lake Sports Now hosted by Josh Dugan On this week’s Sports Now we’ll start out with a spring sports update including some Cat-Dog baseball, Crosstown tennis, and some local softball action. Then we’ll roll into the college sports news starting with some former valley athletes who are making headlines at the next level as m…
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The Flathead Valley chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby is hosting an Earth Day Expo at Flathead Valley Community College on April 20th. The nationwide group is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address pollution. Reporter Taylor Inman chats with Flathead Valley chapter co-leaders Angie Win…
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On Friday, April 5th, Izaak Opatz joined us for a lunchtime show on our press floor. From tales of borrowing toiletries to misreading women, Izaak's show weaved us from the good and bad of LA to memories of Radar Ridge in East Glacier. Put best by himself, Izaak's music is "an ungulate in life’s winter pasture, chewing on and metabolizing disappoin…
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Josh breaks down Bobcats head basketball coach Matt Logie turning down the Washington State job to stay at Montana State and why it was a huge win for the program. Plus, a look at how former Griz football stars fared at pro day, Glacier High promotes a new head basketball coach, reigning state softball champs Columbia Falls and Glacier squared off …
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Ever wondered how a leap of faith from legal practice to launching a tech empire feels? Bill Mosley, CEO of GL Solutions, shares the gripping tale of his pivot from the world of law and government to the tech frontier, crafting software that transforms regulatory operations. Venture Boldly into his narrative as he recounts GL Solutions' move from B…
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In case you missed them, here are some headlines from the Flathead area this week. The re-do election for two Kalispell city council seats is scheduled for May 7th, Flathead County Library (formally known as ImagineIF) is looking for a new logo design, and we outline construction projects and closures for Glacier National Park’s 2024 season. Read m…
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Taylor Inman sat with the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce Workforce and Special Initiatives Director Jennifer Cronk and Neal Drakage with the Montana Department for Labor and Industry. They discussed the Spring Job Fair coming up on April 11th at the Flathead County Fairgrounds. It’s a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to hire full-time, par…
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In case you missed them, here are some headlines from this week in the Flathead Valley. Glacier National Park has started plowing roads, a costly toxic waste cleanup at Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. plant could cost up to 1.4 billion dollars, and a study found that 11 glaciers in Glacier National Park have broken into pieces. Read the full stories at…
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Taylor Inman Zooms in with musician Izaak Opatz. They talk touring, going back to school for a master's in environmental journalism, getting inspiration from a couple of Johns, dreaming of writing songs about friendship, and a cosmic country alien band. Izaak will play on the Daily Inter Lake press floor on April 5th, 2024! Tickets to the show Read…
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Reporter Taylor Inman sits down with Whitefish Community Library Director, Mary Drew Powers and local author Jess Owen to chat about the library's Writers Series. They discuss the library’s growing adult programming, teaching workshops tailored for teens, Jess’ writing process, furries, the joy of a poetry reading, and the many resources writers ha…
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In case you missed them, here are some headlines that broke for the Flathead Valley this week! They include Kalispell voters approving an emergency services levy, Columbia Falls moving forward with an affordable housing project, and Lakeside County taking on regional septage treatment facility plans. Read the full stories: Kalispell public safety l…
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In case you missed them, here are some headlines that broke for the Valley this week! They include primary and general election updates, a conviction for a Montana man conspiring to illegally artificially impregnate sheep with an endangered species' semen, and the Logan Health-Billings Clinic CEO resigning. Dive deeper and read the full stories at …
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Kalispell native Mike Murray joined us with bassist Chris Krager for a show on our press floor. Mike's voice is honest and direct; he embodies the pureness of a classic folk storyteller. His music conveys camaraderie and empathy, drawing inspiration from his family and life experiences growing up in Montana. Watch the whole show on our YouTube chan…
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Josh recaps how our area teams did at the State Basketball Tournaments held last weekend and goes over some Griz coaching news as the team announced their plans for replacing Ronnie Bradford at defensive coordinator after he left to the NFL's Miami Dolphins. Presented by the Daily Inter Lake https://twitter.com/DailyInterLake Hosted/Produced by Jos…
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In case you missed them, here are some headlines that broke for the Valley this week! They include Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) completing Phase 1A of a $163 million terminal expansion project, Glacier National Park investing $1.5 million of Inflation Reduction Act funding on furthering the Blackfeet-led effort of bison reintroduction o…
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Join us as we visit with Todd O'Hair, the President and CEO of the Montana Chamber of Commerce, in this week's Venture Boldly episode where we dissect the multitude of strategies fueling Montana's economic engine. Todd brings a wealth of experience from his roots on a family ranch to the halls of government affairs, offering a unique vantage point …
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John Steitz and Carol Treadway Steitz have an award winning herd of merino sheep on their farm just outside of Kalispell. The couple have worked together over the years to hone in on their best practices for maintaining the herd while also working to restore the soil on their property. Read the full article - here. Steitzhof Farm's website - https:…
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Josh Dugan highlights the area teams who made it to the state AA and A basketball tournaments and how our Kalispell schools did at the Western AA divisional tourney. Then we look at how the Griz and Cats men's and women's basketball teams fared over the weekend and close things out with some pro baseball news as the Glacier Ranger Riders made a cha…
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Taylor Inman recaps the top headlines from the fourth week of February, which includes Glacier National Park officials looking to public to update the park’s long-term wildfire management plan, Flathead Audubon boosting efforts to protect ospreys, and Kalispell City Council exploring next steps following a judge’s decision to annul the elections of…
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John Dunnigan, Flathead Valley music legend, has played venues in the area for over 40 years. You may have seen him at the Great Northern Bar on a late Thursday evening, but catch him in the bright midday light of the Daily Inter Lake newspaper press floor. On January 5th, 2024, he shared his wit and (some) wisdom at Press Play. Read more here abou…
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Christiane has been singing and writing songs since she can remember. Her music is a sweet infusion of birdlike melodies mixed with a deep lyrical love of life and her connection with the natural world. She blends folk, blues, and country genres into a poetic experience of sound. Her songs truly come from the heart, and she shared them with us on F…
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Josh recaps the Western A Divisional tournament and goes over which area teams landed themselves in the state tournament. Glacier and Flathead basketball closed out their regular seasons and Wolfpack head coach Mark Harkins is retiring after this year's postseason. Plus, Josh breaks down two players on the Montana and Montana State men's and women'…
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Dive into the hidden dynamics of the Flathead Valley's economy and housing market as we team up with James Williamson from Sage Appraisal and Strategy. With James's expert analysis fresh from a presentation at the University of Montana's local BBER presentation, we dissect the local economic trends that show a slight deceleration yet maintain an up…
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Taylor Inman recaps the top headlines from the third week of February, which includes the closure of Bridge Street Bridge in Bigfork, skiers rescued in an avalanche, and a new direct flight to northern California. The Whitefish Theatre Company’s production of Misery begins Thursday 2/22 and runs from 2/23- 25, 2/29 and 3/1-2. Taylor Inman spoke wit…
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Flathead Valley music fans would most likely recognize Mike Murray with a guitar in hand. The singer-songwriter stays booked and busy, but he’s also been working on a new album featuring piano, an instrument he’s grown to appreciate over the last few years. Murray talks about this, family, inspiration and production with host Taylor Inman ahead of …
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On this week's Inter Lake Sports Now we look at the the second Brawl of the Wild basketball matchup between the Griz and Bobcats men and women + dive into what's left on the radar for the Montana State and Montana men's and women's basketball teams as we near the Big Sky basketball tournament March 9th-13th in Boise. Plus, the prep basketball posts…
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Online cooking show Indigikitchen is the product of Mariah Gladstone, a Blackfeet and Cherokee woman who is dedicated to educating native communities about their traditional food sources and how they can connect with them. Taylor and Mariah talk about these sustainable food practices and how she found and developed some very yummy recipes. Visit Da…
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Josh recaps the State wrestling and swim meets that took place over the weekend, goes over some local athletes who announced their commitments to compete at the D1 level for college, and runs through the latest Griz and Bobcats transfer portal news. Presented by the Daily Inter Lake https://twitter.com/DailyInterLake Hosted/Produced by Josh Dugan h…
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On a quiet January morning, Glacier National Park Lead Education Technician Lindsay Brandt appears before a green screen showing off the park virtually to a classroom at Hot Spring Elementary, but the program also reaches students as far away as New Jersey. News Now host Taylor Inman speaks with Brandt and Winter Seasonal Education Technician Darcy…
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Join us as Lorraine Clarno, President and CEO of the Discover Kalispell Chamber, shares an exciting look into the Chamber's 2024 initiatives. From the strategic relocation to Main Street to a strong emphasis on a vibrant downtown and a focus on education, this episode is your personal roadmap to understanding the growth and vitality being cultivate…
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It's another episode of News Now headlines where Taylor goes over even more of this week's top stories, followed by events coming up for the Flathead Valley. Read the full versions of these stories on Dailyinterlake.com. Visit DailyInterLake.com to stay up-to-date with the latest breaking news from the Flathead Valley and beyond. Support local jour…
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Northwest Montana is experiencing an unusual winter, with warmer than average temperatures and low snow pack. NWS Missoula Meteorologist Dave Noble explains how El Nino affects winter weather and what could be in store for us as the season continues. Visit DailyInterLake.com to stay up-to-date with the latest breaking news from the Flathead Valley …
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Christiane Hinterman has been singing and writing songs for as long as she can remember but has rarely shared her art with an audience. It’s something that’s changing as she begins to share more of her music and how she engages with the creative process. Hinterman performs on Feb. 2 for the Daily Inter Lake’s Press Play series. Subscribers can join…
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On this week's Inter Lake Sports Now Josh recaps the Grizzlies and Bobcats haul in the transfer portal so far this football off-season followed by a look at the Brawl of the Wild basketball action that took place in Bozeman last weekend. Plus, crosstown basketball and wrestling action between Glacier and Flathead as well as the Poster Player of the…
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Evan Eleff from the Sports Facilities Companies joins us to dissect potential impact of a tournament-quality sports facility in the Flathead Valley. We'll touch on the economic, social, and community benefits that such a development would entail—not just a mere venue for sports, but a powerhouse for local businesses during shoulder seasons and a ca…
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This week's top stories, plus a conversation and song from Cabin Fever Days organizer 'Philly Steve' Paugh. He tells us all about the rowdy event that takes place every February in Martin City, where participants attach skis to a barstool and take a ride down Sugar Hill. Paugh said they are in need of racers and volunteers for the event, find out m…
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Josh looks at some major transfer portal news for the Griz and breaks down Montana State offensive coordinator Taylor Housewright leaving for the same role at Akron and how it might impact the Bobcats look on offense. Plus, a look at how prep sports in the valley were impacted by the blizzard like conditions and a look at the Montana Grizzlies bask…
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Taylor reads some of this week's top stories, including information about a storm that brought -30 degree temperatures and whiteout conditions to the Flathead Valley. She speaks with Flathead Warming Center Co-Founder and Executive Director Tonya Horn about what they do to prepare for the extreme cold. Visit DailyInterLake.com to stay up-to-date wi…
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Josh looks at 3-what ifs that could have changed the outcome of Montana's FCS championship loss and gives his final thoughts on the Grizzlies special season. Plus, the first winter prep sports update of 2024 with a look at Prep Wrestling and basketball in Kalispell. Presented by the Daily Inter Lake https://twitter.com/DailyInterLake Hosted/Produce…
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As a community bank, Glacier Bank has been a foundational part of the Flathead Valley and northwest Montana economic landscape for decades. In today's episode we talk with Mike Smith, the influential Market President of Glacier Bank. In this wide-ranging interview, we discuss the history of Glacier Bank and its relationship with Glacier Bancorp, ne…
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Hear some of this week's biggest headlines followed by an interview with ImagineIF Libraries Communications and Outreach Librarian Lune Axelson, who tells us about what programs they loved in 2023 and what is new on the horizon for 2024, including more front porch concerts and expanded adult programming. Visit DailyInterLake.com to stay up-to-date …
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Josh gives his FCS Championship Game preview as the Montana Grizzlies take on the South Dakota State Jackrabbits Jan. 7th in Frisco Texas. Plus, two pieces of local sports news as the NHL's Stanley Cup Trophy toured Whitefish over the weekend and Kalispell native Patrick O'Connell made his NFL debut for the Seattle Seahawks. Presented by the Daily …
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As 2023 comes to a close Josh recaps his Top 10 moments from the Sports Now this year! Presented by the Daily Inter Lake https://twitter.com/DailyInterLake Hosted/Produced by Josh Dugan https://twitter.com/jdugan406 #Montana #flatheadvalley #football #collegefootball #grizzlies #bobcats #2023 #sports #sportsnews ____________________________________…
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Flathead Valley music legend John Dunnigan has played venues in the area for over 40 years. But, when Thursday night comes around and he’s preparing to play another set at Whitefish’s Great Northern Bar and Grill, he’s just as excited as he’s ever been to see what the crowd will bring. Visit DailyInterLake.com to stay up-to-date with the latest bre…
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Montana makes the national championship for the first time since 2009. Josh recaps the game and breaks down the 5 most memorable moments from the run to a national championship appearance. Presented by the Daily Inter Lake https://twitter.com/DailyInterLake Hosted/Produced by Josh Dugan https://twitter.com/jdugan406 #Montana #flatheadvalley #footba…
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In this episode we're talking with Doug Russell, the Kalispell City Manager. Doug, a certified manager and public finance officer, navigates us through world of local government management and the upcoming 2024 spring vote for a dedicated emergency responder levy in Kalispell. We shine a light on the council-manager form of government, a form that …
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Hear this week’s biggest headlines, plus what’s been going on at the Flathead Food Bank. New Executive Director Chris Sidmore has been on the job for a few months now, taking it on just before the organization’s busiest season, supplying holiday meals and preparing people for the cold winter ahead. Sidmore said since starting the position, he is bl…
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In this brief final episode of the Free Range Dogs podcast, Web speaks with his wife, Nicole, about their upcoming move to the Pacific Northwest. They will continue with Free Range Dogs training and support and will be adding Web’s innovative Porcupine Aversion training for dogs to protect them from a very common danger in the Pacific Northwest. Al…
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