Latest Kalispell News

Kalispell man grows 400 apple varieties in small orchard

Oct. 10, 2021 08:13 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — This apple is not your everyday supermarket fruit. Its skin is a yellow wash with splashes of carmine down the sides and a streak of russet near the stem, and it hangs boldly juxtaposed against its leafy backdrop. This diminutive fruit is...

Transient charged in Kalispell fitness center shooting

Sep. 30, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A transient man has been arrested and charged for a shooting outside a Kalispell fitness center in which the center’s manager was killed and another man was injured. The charges were filed Tuesday and District Judge Dan Wilson issued an arrest...

Horse group teaches kids "how to handle it" in backcountry

Sep. 27, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — On a summer evening, three horse packers rode into the Bob Marshall Wilderness north of Lincoln to pack out a trail crew. The crew had been packed into the wilderness by a different group of horsemen and was awaiting the string of animals that would haul out their...

Investigators probe deadly Amtrak derailment in Montana

Sep. 26, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) — A team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board was at the site of an Amtrak derailment in north-central Montana that killed three people and left seven hospitalized Sunday, officials said. The westbound Empire Builder was en...

VA Medical Center near Helena to open beds to non-veterans

Sep. 24, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana hospitals that reach capacity due to a surge in COVID-19 cases may be able to transfer patients to the Fort Harrison VA Medical Center west of Helena, while additional National Guard soldiers are being activated to help at hospitals, Gov. Greg Gianforte...

Officials identify fitness center manager killed by gunman

Sep. 17, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Officials in Flathead County have released the name of the Kalispell Fuel Fitness manager who was shot and killed during a confrontation with a man who had been living in his car in the facility's parking lot. Matthew David Hurley, 27, of...

Witness: Parking lot eviction leads to fatal shooting

Sep. 16, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A man who had been living in a car in the parking lot of a fitness center in Kalispell for several weeks shot and killed the center's manager after being told he could no longer stay there, the assistant manager said Thursday. Matt Underhill told...

US Forest Service OKs Swan Valley forest, habitat plan

Sep. 13, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has given preliminary approval to a plan for road-building, logging and other forest management measures in Montana's Swan Valley with the goal of reducing fire danger and enhancing habitat for several federally protected species, the agency...

Glacier's Sun Road reservation system alleviated crowding

Sep. 09, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park’s reservation system for the Going-to-the-Sun Road ended Monday after a three-month trial run. For the remainder of the 2021 visitor season, all that’s required to get on the scenic thoroughfare is a standard park pass. ...

Rafters find human remains in drought-lowered Montana river

Sep. 07, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Rafters spotted human remains in the Flathead River while floating past a fishing access site northeast of Kalispell, Flathead County officials said. Sheriff Brian Heino said the remains found Monday appeared to have been in the river for a long...