Latest Kalispell News

Helpline provides faster mental health care around pregnancy

May. 16, 2021 08:14 AM EDT

In an effort to connect women with responsive mental health care in the weeks before and after pregnancy, the state health department and a collaborative virtual psychiatry practice are partnering up to provide consultation with clinicians statewide. For the last three...

Fees increase as Bison Range opens under tribal management

May. 08, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Less than six months after former President Donald Trump signed Bison Range Restoration legislation, there are big changes at the 19,000-acre facility in Northwest Montana as it opens this weekend. The facility is now called the Bison Range and...

Glacier National Park demand outweighs ticket availability

May. 06, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Park officials in Montana have made additional reservation tickets available this week for Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park after receiving complaints that the park was selling out too quickly. The temporary ticketed entry system...

2 killed in chain-reaction crash after smoke obscured vision

May. 04, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Smoke from a controlled burn along Interstate 15 in northern Montana obscured the vision of drivers, leading to a chain reaction crash that killed two people and injured four others, the Montana Highway Patrol said. The crash happened at about...

Montanans following through with 2nd COVID-19 vaccine dose

May. 02, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — About 96% of Montanans who have received their first COVID-19 vaccine have been returning to get their second dose, state health officials said. Jim Murphy, administrator of the health department's Communicable Disease Control and Prevention...

State moves to dismiss murder charge in domestic killing

Apr. 28, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has filed a motion to dismiss a deliberate homicide charge against a domestic violence victims’ advocate in the shooting death of her ex-husband. But prosecutors want to leave open the possibility of refiling the charge. ...

Rapid population growth gives Montana 2nd US House seat

Apr. 26, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s recent population boom will let the state regain the second U.S. House seat it lost nearly 30 years ago, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Monday. With over 1 million people, the state’s current at-large congressional...

Justice-requested meth user report removed from website

Apr. 25, 2021 08:14 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A needs assessment that was completed late last year by the Montana Department of Justice, but has yet to be made public, provides insight into the state’s battle with methamphetamine from the perspectives of 99 former users. The primary goal...

Montana nurse practitioners plead guilty in Medicare scheme

Apr. 23, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Two nurse practitioners in Montana have pleaded guilty in a scheme to defraud Medicare by signing off on fraudulent orders for orthotic braces, federal prosecutors said. Janae Nichole Harper, 34, of Kalispell and Mark Allen Hill, 54, whose...

Glacier National Park clarifies ticket entry system

Apr. 15, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Park officials in Montana have clarified an upcoming ticketed entry system for Going-to-the-Sun Road this summer. Officials first proposed that visitors validate their seven-day tickets on the first day in an effort to manage congestion and avoid...