Latest Kalispell News

Glacier National Park offers 6 free entry days in 2021

Jan. 2, 2021 1:21 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park officials say the park will waive entrance fees on six days this year. The free days are part of an effort to "increase access, promote recreational opportunities, improve visitor facilities and conserve natural and historical treasures in national parks for...

Kalispell man charged with beating, killing his wife

Dec. 28, 2020 7:17 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Kalispell man is charged with causing fatal injuries to his wife while officers continue to investigate the reported suicide of his father, who was a potential witness. Bradley Jay Hillious, 34, made an initial appearance in Justice Court Monday on a charge of deliberate homicide...

Singer Dustin Brayley and actor Meredith Patterson outside the Alpine Theatre Project Garage in Whitefish, Mont. on Dec. 10, 2020. (Hunter D'Antuono/Flathead Beacon via AP)

Pandemic prompts stage talent to move to northwest Montana

Dec. 21, 2020 1:49 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Back in March, actor and singer Dustin Brayley was on stage performing the first of four concerts in Florida with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a touring rock band, when officials suddenly canceled the remainder of their shows due to the novel coronavirus that was spreading around...

Regulators adopt stricter water standards for Lake Koocanusa

Dec. 14, 2020 12:18 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Following years of rigorous scientific study by a multitude of state and federal agencies, Montana environmental regulators adopted a new water quality standard aimed at protecting Lake Koocanusa, the Kootenai River and their aquatic denizens from harmful contaminants leaching into...

Montana's first COVID vaccine doses to go to major hospitals

Dec. 7, 2020 1:32 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will go to health care workers in the state's major hospitals, Gov. Steve Bullock announced Monday. Hospitals first in line for the vaccine are in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell and Missoula. “By...

County health officer resigns citing lack of support

Nov. 29, 2020 5:08 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Flathead County's interim public health officer is resigning at the end of the year, saying she's frustrated with the lack of support from county officials for any efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Tamalee St. James Robinson submitted her letter of resignation Friday...

Montana nursing home lawsuit amended to add more claims

Nov. 27, 2020 4:43 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A lawsuit against a long-term care facility in Whitefish, Montana, has been amended to add claims that it was part of a multi-state network of facilities that enriched corporate owners while residents received negligent care. The lawsuit was initially filed last month by the estates...

Man convicted of pulling down Montana religious monument

Nov. 24, 2020 6:30 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man was convicted of using a chain and a pickup truck to topple a monument commemorating the Ten Commandments. Anthony Craig Weimer, 30, was found guilty of felony criminal mischief in Flathead County District Court Monday, The Flathead Beacon reports. Judge Amy Eddy...

2 children killed in western Montana trailer fire

Nov. 20, 2020 4:00 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Two young children were the victims of a trailer house fire in Kalispell earlier this week, Flathead County officials said Friday. Ryker Bass, 3, and Deeanna Bass, 2, died early Wednesday, the sheriff's office said. Fire crews were dispatched just before 1 a.m. Wednesday and...