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Flathead County passes septage treatment facility to Lakeside district
March 27, 2024 midnight

Flathead County passes septage treatment facility to Lakeside district

Flathead County is handing over the construction and future operation of a regional septage treatment facility to the Lakeside County Water and Sewer District.

Brodehl has Democrat challenger for Flathead commission seat
March 19, 2024 noon

Brodehl has Democrat challenger for Flathead commission seat

Flathead County commissioner Republican Randy Brodehl will face challenger Democrat Jim Lockwood in this fall’s election.

Experienced fire manager looks to lead rural Whitefish fire area
March 6, 2024 midnight

Experienced fire manager looks to lead rural Whitefish fire area

D.C. Haas traded in climbing into black bear dens for fighting fires when he moved to Montana several decades ago.

February 14, 2024 11 p.m.

Voters to decide fate of resort tax for Big Mountain

Voters who live on Big Mountain will get to decide whether the area should be allowed to collect a resort tax.

February 14, 2024 midnight

Whitefish Mountain Resort looks to create new subdivision

Winter Sports Inc. is proposing to create a subdivision with 18 residential lots and one recreational lot that would be for use by the nonprofit DREAM Adaptive Recreation.

Big Mountain neighborhoods look to create resort tax
February 5, 2024 11 p.m.

Big Mountain neighborhoods look to create resort tax

A group of Big Mountain residents would like a resort tax implemented for the area as a way to pay for infrastructure needs.

Whitefish nonprofit denied full participation in housing lawsuit
February 5, 2024 11 p.m.

Whitefish nonprofit denied full participation in housing lawsuit

The Montana Supreme Court has denied a Whitefish nonprofit’s request to intervene as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by a coalition of homeowners against the state.

Flathead County increases collection of school property tax mills
January 26, 2024 11 p.m.

Flathead County increases collection of school property tax mills

Flathead County property owners will soon see increased tax bills in their mailboxes.

Whitefish nonprofit enters ongoing lawsuit over housing bills
January 23, 2024 1 a.m.

Whitefish nonprofit enters ongoing lawsuit over housing bills

A Whitefish nonprofit organization that advocates for affordable housing has joined a lawsuit over four new housing laws being challenged in district court.

January 17, 2024 1 a.m.

Barnes & Noble to open Kalispell location in January

A Barnes & Noble bookstore is poised to open a location in North Kalispell later this month.

State Supreme Court rules for Whitefish in hotel denial
November 15, 2023 11 p.m.

State Supreme Court rules for Whitefish in hotel denial

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled Whitefish City Council was within its right to deny a proposed hotel along U.S. 93.

Solving septic contamination comes down to convincing homeowners to replace systems
October 22, 2023 midnight

Solving septic contamination comes down to convincing homeowners to replace systems

Contamination from failing septic tanks for roughly 50 years has been well-documented as a contributor of pollution in the Flathead Basin. The key to addressing the pervasive issue likely lies in proving to homeowners their system is failing.

Flathead County reduces collection of school property tax mills
October 6, 2023 midnight

Flathead County reduces collection of school property tax mills

Flathead County has reduced the amount of state school property taxes it plans to collect falling in line with several counties around Montana that are disputing the state’s requirement to collect a set number of mills for school equalization funding.

Federal lawsuit over Whitefish’s impact fees allowed to move ahead
October 4, 2023 midnight

Federal lawsuit over Whitefish’s impact fees allowed to move ahead

A federal judge will allow a class-action lawsuit alleging the city of Whitefish has been overcharging for impact fees for new development to move forward.

Flathead County budget reflects decrease for taxpayers
September 6, 2023 midnight

Flathead County budget reflects decrease for taxpayers

Flathead County commissioners on Thursday approved a final budget that includes a $2.8 million increase in tax collections while reducing overall spending when compared to the previous year.

Whitefish Silver Star recipients among Flathead veterans included in new book
May 31, 2023 1 a.m.

Whitefish Silver Star recipients among Flathead veterans included in new book

Army Chief Warrant Officer Manford Lloyd Kleiv had a dream of returning to his hometown of Whitefish following the Vietnam War.

May 31, 2023 1 a.m.

Commissioners reject zone change for KM Ranch Road property

Saying they agreed with neighbors who spoke against the plan, Flathead County commissioners on Tuesday denied a zone change for 155 acres along KM Ranch Road, arguing it doesn’t fit with the neighborhood.

March 29, 2023 1 a.m.

County commissioners commit to constructing septage plant

Flathead County commissioners say they are committed to developing a septage treatment facility despite the recent rejection of property to house it.

Commissioners reject property purchase in Lower Valley for septage plant
March 22, 2023 1 a.m.

Commissioners reject property purchase in Lower Valley for septage plant

Flathead County commissioners on Tuesday on a split vote denied the purchase of property in Lower Valley that was slated as the potential location for a regional septage treatment facility.

Historic Whitefish home returns to original grandeur
February 22, 2023 1 a.m.

Historic Whitefish home returns to original grandeur

The historic home at 405 Central Ave. in Whitefish has for years been a focal point of the transition between the commercial bustle of downtown and the charming residential neighborhood to the south.

County planning board again rejects KM Ranch proposal
February 15, 2023 1 a.m.

County planning board again rejects KM Ranch proposal

The Flathead County Planning Board on Wednesday again gave a negative recommendation for a proposal that could lead to a residential development along KM Ranch Road.

Foundation president reflects on work bolstering nonprofits
January 25, 2023 1 a.m.

Foundation president reflects on work bolstering nonprofits

Linda Engh-Grady has overseen the exponential growth of the Whitefish Community Foundation in the last several years, and in turn, furthering the assistance it provides to the valley’s nonprofits.

Neighbors of KM Ranch project raise objections again
January 18, 2023 1 a.m.

Neighbors of KM Ranch project raise objections again

A revised proposal for a 155-acre piece of land on KM Ranch Road is just as flawed as a previously rejected plan for the property, neighbors told the Flathead County Planning Board on Wednesday night.

January 11, 2023 1 a.m.

Developer returns with updated proposal for KM Ranch Road

Returning with a new plan the developers behind a proposal for a 155-acre piece of property on KM Ranch Road are headed before the Flathead County Planning Board on Wednesday.

Regional septage treatment facility could address growing problem
December 7, 2022 1 a.m.

Regional septage treatment facility could address growing problem

On any given day up to 40,000 gallons of septage waste needs to be pumped from septic tanks in Flathead County and with rapid growth in the area over the past decade suitable land for disposal of that waste has become scarce.

Lawsuit over Whitefish subdivision dismissed, while second regarding property continues
November 30, 2022 1 a.m.

Lawsuit over Whitefish subdivision dismissed, while second regarding property continues

A lawsuit filed against the city of Whitefish and a developer over a commercial subdivision has been dismissed.

October 19, 2022 1 a.m.

County planning board votes against KM Ranch proposal

Agreeing with neighbors that a large subdivision doesn’t fit the character of the neighborhood, the Flathead County Planning Board on Wednesday put a negative recommendation on a proposal that could add housing and commercial development along KM Ranch Road.

September 14, 2022 1 a.m.

Decision on KM Ranch Road development pushed after hours of public comment

Representatives of a potential development on a 155-acre chunk of property on KM Ranch Road say it would provide needed housing for the Flathead Valley.

Large development on KM Ranch Road goes before county planning board
September 7, 2022 1 a.m.

Large development on KM Ranch Road goes before county planning board

A proposal that could result in housing and commercial development, including an RV park, on KM Ranch Road is headed to the Flathead County Planning Board on Wednesday.

Getts looks to guide Whitefish’s efforts on affordable housing
June 22, 2022 1 a.m.

Getts looks to guide Whitefish’s efforts on affordable housing

Marissa Getts believes that land use planning is a deeply human endeavor.

Holmquist takes commission seat
June 14, 2022 8 a.m.

Holmquist takes commission seat

In a stunning reversal, incumbent Flathead County Commissioner Pam Holmquist surpassed challenger Jack Fallon with the addition of provisional ballots to the final tally of last week’s primary election results.

Fallon holds razor-thin lead over Holmquist
June 9, 2022 midnight

Fallon holds razor-thin lead over Holmquist

Jack Fallon holds a razor-thin lead over incumbent Pam Holmquist in the GOP nomination for the sole Flathead County Commission seat up for grabs this year.

Boutique hotel plans emerge for downtown Whitefish
June 2, 2022 9 a.m.

Boutique hotel plans emerge for downtown Whitefish

Another boutique hotel in downtown Whitefish is in the works.

Gas prices and inflation could impact summer visitation numbers
May 25, 2022 1 a.m.

Gas prices and inflation could impact summer visitation numbers

Tourism industry officials are keeping an eye on the price of fuel and the inflation rate when looking to predict visitation levels for the upcoming summer travel season.

Nonprofit spearheading creation of large youth center with development
May 18, 2022 1 a.m.

Nonprofit spearheading creation of large youth center with development

Aiming to provide year-round access to athletic, arts and other enrichment programs, a new youth center is the centerpiece of a larger commercial and housing development planned for the north end of Kalispell.

April 13, 2022 1 a.m.

County planning board looks at rezone on 290 acres near Whitefish

A pair of property owners have submitted a request to Flathead County to rezone just over 290 acres of property outside of Whitefish.

Brain surgery allows man to return to playing classical guitar
March 23, 2022 1 a.m.

Brain surgery allows man to return to playing classical guitar

Jim Stroud lay on a surgery table strumming his guitar.

Class-action suit alleges Whitefish’s impact fees unlawful
March 16, 2022 noon

Class-action suit alleges Whitefish’s impact fees unlawful

A class-action lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court of Montana against the city of Whitefish alleging that the city has been charging “unreasonable, unlawful and unconstitutional” impact fees for new development.

Council rejects Mountain Gateway development planned for Big Mountain Road
February 8, 2022 4 p.m.

Council rejects Mountain Gateway development planned for Big Mountain Road

Whitefish City Council on Monday turned down a controversial housing project proposed at the base of Big Mountain, saying one of the largest residential developments in the history of the city would be out of place at the proposed location.

Whitefish Interim Police Chief cleared of misconduct
February 2, 2022 1 a.m.

Whitefish Interim Police Chief cleared of misconduct

State officials have cleared Whitefish Interim Police Chief Bridger Kelch regarding allegations of misconduct.

Council pushes decision on proposed Big Mountain Road housing development
January 19, 2022 2 p.m.

Council pushes decision on proposed Big Mountain Road housing development

Following a continued deluge of public comment on a large mixed-use development proposed at the southern end of Big Mountain Road, Whitefish City Council on Tuesday chose to push back until next month a decision on the project.

Whitefish woman pleads guilty to DUI homicide
January 12, 2022 1 a.m.

Whitefish woman pleads guilty to DUI homicide

A Whitefish woman pleaded guilty Monday in Flathead County District Court to felony vehicular homicide while under the influence after she struck and killed a Columbia Falls girl with her vehicle in May 2021.

Overland assumes role of Municipal Court Judge
January 5, 2022 1 a.m.

Overland assumes role of Municipal Court Judge

Overland assumes role of Municipal Court Judge

New ski-themed restaurant Stumptown opens downtown
December 29, 2021 1 a.m.

New ski-themed restaurant Stumptown opens downtown

Owners Sam Dauenhauer and Marissa Keenan recently opened the restaurant and lounge on Spokane Avenue by reimagining the space of the former Stumptown Marketplace multi-vendor market.

Judge throws out lawsuit alleging city violated open meeting laws
December 29, 2021 1 a.m.

Judge throws out lawsuit alleging city violated open meeting laws

A Flathead District Court Judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the City of Whitefish filed by a private planning consultant claiming the city violated open meeting laws.

Plan calls for replacing downtown apartments with hotel complex
December 29, 2021 1 a.m.

Plan calls for replacing downtown apartments with hotel complex

Plan calls for replacing downtown apartments with hotel complex

Whitefish shores up vacation rental regulations, but delays medium-term rental rules
December 29, 2021 1 a.m.

Whitefish shores up vacation rental regulations, but delays medium-term rental rules

Whitefish shores up vacation rental regulations, but delays medium-term rental rules

Hospital caregivers honored for putting patients and community first
December 22, 2021 1 a.m.

Hospital caregivers honored for putting patients and community first

Hospital caregivers honored for putting patients and community first

December 22, 2021 1 a.m.

Board recommends making school buildings permanent

Board recommends making school buildings permanent

U.S. 93 plan focuses on vision for city’s south gateway
December 22, 2021 1 a.m.

U.S. 93 plan focuses on vision for city’s south gateway

U.S. 93 plan focuses on vision for city’s south gateway