Latest Kalispell News

Kalispell man convicted of homicide in death of wife in 2020

Jan. 16, 2022 14:01 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Kalispell man has been convicted of deliberate homicide in the December 2020 death of his wife. A Flathead County jury deliberated for five hours on Friday before finding Bradley Jay Hillious, 35, guilty in the death of Amanda Hillious, 33, the Flathead...

2,000 degrees: Kalispell foundry casts bronze art pieces

Jan. 09, 2022 08:11 AM EST

The deafening roar hits first. It’s a low-pitched, all-consuming barrage of noise that overflows Kalispell Art Casting’s workshop and permeates the frosty November air outside. Inside the building, the rumble increases as the reverberations drum against the walls. The room is...

Man sentenced for crashing into house, killing resident

Jan. 07, 2022 18:06 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to four years in prison for crashing his pickup truck through the wall of a house south of Kalispell, killing a man who was sleeping inside. Thomas Owen Lefevre, 22, was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 16 years suspended during...

Man struck and killed after crash on snowy Montana highway

Jan. 06, 2022 16:26 PM EST

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — An 84-year-old man was struck and killed after his vehicle was involved in a crash on a snowy highway in southwestern Montana, the Montana Highway Patrol said Thursday. The Kalispell man's sport utility vehicle was involved in one of two crashes that happened...

Montana man gets 55 years in cement brick beating death

Dec. 31, 2021 17:33 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A western Montana man has been sentenced to 55 years in the Montana State Prison for using a cement brick to beat another man to death in July 2019. Leigh Garrett Medina, 46, was sentenced Thursday by District Court Judge Dan Wilson, who rejected a defense...

‘The Bag Lady’ helps keep homeless warm with winter jackets

Dec. 25, 2021 10:18 AM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Barbara St. John calls herself “The Bag Lady.” She has a lighthearted approach to a serious undertaking: providing jackets that turn into sleeping bags for Kalispell’s homeless population. “My mission is that nobody freezes to death out in the...

Montana, Montana State players finalists for defensive award

Dec. 08, 2021 13:28 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Linebackers from Montana and Montana State are two of the three finalists for the defensive player of the year award in the FCS, sponsor Stats Perform announced Wednesday. Montana State senior Troy Anderson of Dillon, University of Montana junior Patrick...

Flathead forest still has two places with derogatory names

Dec. 05, 2021 16:55 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — In 1999, the Montana Legislature enacted a law, H.B. 412, requiring state agencies that own or manage public land to rename any sites or geographic locations that contain the derogatory word “squaw.” By doing so, Montana became the second...

Decomposing bodies of 2 men found northeast of Kalispell

Dec. 03, 2021 12:07 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The decomposing bodies of two men were found outside a residence near Lake Blaine, northeast of Kalispell, Flathead County officials said. The bodies were found on Tuesday afternoon after a neighbor requested a welfare check, Sheriff Brian Heino...

Montana lacks snow plow drivers, road clearing could be slow

Dec. 02, 2021 15:45 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Department of Transportation warned residents Thursday that it could take longer to clear snow from highways this winter because the state has been unable to hire enough snow plow drivers. The department is advertising for 89 temporary,...