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Mountain Climber proposes intercity connector service
July 24, 2024 1 a.m.

Mountain Climber proposes intercity connector service

Recently, Elizabeth Wood, Director of the Mountain Climber, proposed a commuter bus plan that would provide transportation between Kalispell, Columbia Falls and Whitefish.

Whitefish Council OKs new parking regs
July 24, 2024 1 a.m.

Whitefish Council OKs new parking regs

The five members of the public in attendance outnumbered the councilors at the Whitefish City Council meeting last week.

New pollinator gardens and park signs in Whitefish
July 24, 2024 1 a.m.

New pollinator gardens and park signs in Whitefish

What happens when the Whitefish Park Sign Plan meets and marries an idea for pollinator gardens?

Whitefish's Lee Walburn eyes comeback after ruptured Achilles ends his Olympics bid
July 10, 2024 1 a.m.

Whitefish's Lee Walburn eyes comeback after ruptured Achilles ends his Olympics bid

Whitefish High School alum and decathlete Lee Warburn graduated from Washington State University in May with a degree in humanities – although if you ask his parents, Janis and David, they’ll say he earned his degree in track and field.

Repeat dock offenses rile councilors; viaduct upgrades move ahead
July 10, 2024 1 a.m.

Repeat dock offenses rile councilors; viaduct upgrades move ahead

The Whitefish City Council last week considered a request for lakeshore variances, approval to get bids for the viaduct improvement project and direction for building the Whitefish Yards trails.

Whitefish Council approves strongly contested airport hangar
July 3, 2024 1 a.m.

Whitefish Council approves strongly contested airport hangar

The Whitefish City Council on Monday approved a conditional use permit for a 5,400 square-foot hangar at the Whitefish airport despite robust public opposition.

Whitefish's Maggie Voisin drops into new career
July 3, 2024 midnight

Whitefish's Maggie Voisin drops into new career

How about retiring only to dive whole-heartedly into a few new careers? That’s just what Whitefish’s Maggie Voisin is doing.

July 3, 2024 midnight

The chairlift: Encroaching in Big Sky country

A bird flew into my dog’s mouth last Sunday afternoon.

Quilters bring kindness to care facility residents
June 26, 2024 midnight

Quilters bring kindness to care facility residents

Orry Nail, president of the Teakettle Quilters' Guild, combined her big heart with her great idea to make nearly 100 quilted pillowcases for residents of Mountain View Health and Rehabilitation, formerly Whitefish Care and Rehabilitation.

June 26, 2024 midnight

Council passes on proposed annexation policy

The Whitefish Community Housing Committee sought feedback from Whitefish City Council on a proposed annexation policy based on the goals in the 2022 Whitefish Community Housing Roadmap.

Residents sound off on rockslide into lake
June 26, 2024 midnight

Residents sound off on rockslide into lake

Several members of the community commented at the Whitefish City Council meeting last week about the recent rockslide caused by construction of a home on Whitefish Lake.

Council reviews budget priorities for parks, streets
June 19, 2024 midnight

Council reviews budget priorities for parks, streets

The Whitefish City Council had its second meeting to discuss and review the proposed fiscal year 2025 budget last week. No one from the public attended in person or online.

Pin and Cue: Crowd-favorite business celebrates 40 years in Whitefish
June 19, 2024 midnight

Pin and Cue: Crowd-favorite business celebrates 40 years in Whitefish

The Pin and Cue has been part of the Whitefish community since 1984, rallying spirits and providing a gathering place for all ages

73-lot Whitetail Ridge development approved
June 19, 2024 midnight

73-lot Whitetail Ridge development approved

The Whitefish City Council last week approved a new 73-lot subdivision on Flathead Avenue.

Whitefish hosts outdoor volleyball tourney this weekend
June 12, 2024 1 a.m.

Whitefish hosts outdoor volleyball tourney this weekend

The second annual Flathead Valley Volley-Brawl will bring outdoor grass volleyball action to the field at Whitefish High School, Saturday, June 15.

Picklers tickled with new courts at Smith Fields
June 12, 2024 1 a.m.

Picklers tickled with new courts at Smith Fields

The popularity of pickleball has exploded in recent years and now there are six, new, green and purple pickleball courts for players to enjoy at Smith Fields in Whitefish.

Major expansion for The Springs OK'd by Council
June 12, 2024 midnight

Major expansion for The Springs OK'd by Council

After hearing what Councilor Ben Davis called “thoughtful feedback” from the public, Whitefish City Council last week approved a planned unit development for an expansion of The Springs at Whitefish.

Best of Whitefish: Alpine Apothecary celebrates 10 years of being community connector
June 5, 2024 midnight

Best of Whitefish: Alpine Apothecary celebrates 10 years of being community connector

Owners and pharmacists Becky Stillo and her husband Josh are celebrating the Alpine Apothecary’s 10-year anniversary this month. Located inside Super 1 Foods in Whitefish, the pharmacy has won the Best of Whitefish competition for the last six years in a row.

Alan Dias retires after 25 years with Whitefish School District
June 5, 2024 midnight

Alan Dias retires after 25 years with Whitefish School District

After 25 years of taking care of the buildings and the people in the Whitefish School District, maintenance technician Alan Dias retired Apr. 30.

City's preliminary budget projects increase in expenditures
June 5, 2024 midnight

City's preliminary budget projects increase in expenditures

The Whitefish City Council met last week for the first of two work sessions to discuss the proposed budget for fiscal year 2025. The Council will discuss the budget again June 10 and the final budget will be adopted in August.

The Springs expansion heads to Council with stamp of approval
May 29, 2024 midnight

The Springs expansion heads to Council with stamp of approval

The Whitefish Community Development Board voted unanimously to recommend approval of a proposed expansion at The Springs senior living community.

Whitefish senior Zonich to study for coaching career at Clemson
May 29, 2024 midnight

Whitefish senior Zonich to study for coaching career at Clemson

Whitefish High School senior Raymond Zonich soon will be heading to Clemson University in upstate South Carolina, and he seems more than ready for the change.

May 29, 2024 midnight

Vote on Whitefish airport hangar proposal grounded, for now

After over an hour of discussion, the Whitefish Community Development Board postponed its vote on a conditional use permit for a hangar on public land near the city airport.

May 28, 2024 7:40 p.m.

The Chairlift: The heart of community

A seemingly unremarkable experience during a recent trip to Stevensville in the Bitterroot Valley sparked thoughts of what community character really means and what is at its heart. It all started when I overheard brief conversations in a convenience store.

Hill eyes bright future through camera lens
May 22, 2024 1 a.m.

Hill eyes bright future through camera lens

Move-in day on the campus of the University of Montana is on August 20 and Whitefish High School senior Zach Hill is excited for the adventure.

Whitefish to ask voters if council could receive compensation
May 22, 2024 1 a.m.

Whitefish to ask voters if council could receive compensation

On May 6, the Whitefish City Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that will allow voters to opt to change the city charter.

Local historian keeps stories alive
May 15, 2024 1 a.m.

Local historian keeps stories alive

Gayle McCarron has served on the five-member Fortine/Trego Cemetery board for the last 16 years.

May 15, 2024 1 a.m.

Council votes to proceed with permit for Riverbend-Miles Trail section

At the Whitefish City Council meeting last week, sixteen members of the public spoke in support of completing the Riverbend-Miles portion of the Whitefish River Trail.

May 15, 2024 1 a.m.

Legacy Homes program may see changes to fee in lieu option

The Whitefish City Council approved a conditional use permit for a 21-apartment project after adding a condition requiring the developer to build deed restricted units, per the Legacy Homes program, rather than pay a fee in lieu.

Meals on Wheels serves seniors from Whitefish Community Center
May 8, 2024 1 a.m.

Meals on Wheels serves seniors from Whitefish Community Center

The Whitefish Community Center has served as the Whitefish hub for the Meals on Wheels program for well over 20 years. Around 40 volunteers deliver about 50 meals each day in Whitefish. On weekends, the crew delivers another 25 to 30 frozen meals. The service area reaches south to Happy Valley, west to Skyles Lake and north to Whitefish Lake and Big Mountain Road.

North Valley Music School celebrates groundbreaking ceremony
May 1, 2024 1 a.m.

North Valley Music School celebrates groundbreaking ceremony

The mood was upbeat when more than 50 people, some with shiny hard hats and golden shovels, gathered on April 19 at the Smith Fields Sports Complex to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for the North Valley Music School’s new building.

May 1, 2024 midnight

Chairlift: The in-between time

We’ve entered the season when the chairlift doesn't spin. From the closing day of the ski hill until the opening day of the mountain’s summer activities, the lift is still. No low rumble of the motor, no gentle swing of the chair, no friendly smiles from your favorite liftie.

Choir to perform spring concert at the O’Shaughnessy
May 1, 2024 midnight

Choir to perform spring concert at the O’Shaughnessy

When Meghan Hodges climbed up on the piano bench beside her father and began picking out harmonies when she was just three years old, it was clear that musical talent was in her DNA.

Construction to start on new music school in Whitefish
May 1, 2024 midnight

Construction to start on new music school in Whitefish

The mood was upbeat when more than 50 people, some with shiny hard hats and golden shovels, gathered on April 19 at the Smith Fields Sports Complex to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for the North Valley Music School’s new building.

Whitefish begins chipping away at stock of illegal short-term rentals
April 24, 2024 midnight

Whitefish begins chipping away at stock of illegal short-term rentals

Whitefish’s short-term rental specialist, Codi Evenson, has been on the job for about one month. She says she is already making headway in reining in the proliferation of illegal vacation properties as she builds the newly created position from the ground up.

April 24, 2024 midnight

Apartment project highlights fee in lieu versus affordable housing units

The Whitefish Community Development Board voted to recommend approval for a conditional use permit for a 21-unit multi-family development on Iowa Avenue.

April 24, 2024 midnight

Council reviews upcoming projects on Armory Road, East 6th Street

The developer behind a proposed 77-lot subdivision on Flathead Avenue pulled its three items from the agenda for the Whitefish City Council meeting last week, leaving no public hearings, but a handful of other considerations were addressed.

April 17, 2024 1 a.m.

Looking back: Committee likes idea of Seventh Street bridge

County Sanitarian Les Espeland and Assistant Al Shoenhuth attended the city council meeting to acquaint the city with various sanitary problems in this area.

Let ‘er buck: Local teen launches bull-riding business
April 17, 2024 midnight

Let ‘er buck: Local teen launches bull-riding business

When Korbin Baldwin isn’t in class at the vo-ag center, or on the wrestling mats at Flathead High School, he is likely having a bull session with Whiskey, Tumbleweed, Flat White and Dust Demon.

Whitefish City Council revisits plan for Depot Park townhome project
April 10, 2024 midnight

Whitefish City Council revisits plan for Depot Park townhome project

Marissa Getts, associate executive director of the Whitefish Housing Authority, met with the Whitefish City Council during a work session last week to discuss changes to the Depot Park Townhomes project.

April 10, 2024 midnight

City Council: Lake Park duplex project approved

Whitefish City Council on April 1 approved a preliminary plat for a duplex project on Lake Park Lane.

The Chairlift: Uphill travel
April 10, 2024 midnight

The Chairlift: Uphill travel

Often, when the skier beside me on the chairlift sees people hiking up, aka skinning, the mountain, they will say, “What are those folks doing? Why would someone do that?”

April 3, 2024 midnight

Council looks at trail construction hurdles

No one from the public was in attendance at last week’s Whitefish City Council meeting but that didn’t shorten the proceedings. Construction of a bike/pedestrian river trail connection has been on the city’s to-do list for years and the council addressed the next step in the process.

Longtime middle school art educator Nanette Reed to retire
April 3, 2024 midnight

Longtime middle school art educator Nanette Reed to retire

After spending 34 years at Whitefish Middle School, 29 of them as an art teacher, Nanette Reed will retire at the end of the school year. After tallying up the time she spent as a student and as a teacher at the school, she described the total as a “big chunk of my life.”

The chairlift: Snacks
March 20, 2024 midnight

The chairlift: Snacks

I’ve never been one to go in for lunch on a ski day, so like many others, I carry treats.

Offering hope: Nate Chute Foundation supports valley for 25 years
March 20, 2024 midnight

Offering hope: Nate Chute Foundation supports valley for 25 years

The Nate Chute Foundation has been providing the Flathead Valley with suicide prevention training and mental health support for 25 years.

Whitefish Legacy Partners leader recognized with inaugural Linda Engh-Grady award
March 20, 2024 midnight

Whitefish Legacy Partners leader recognized with inaugural Linda Engh-Grady award

The Whitefish Community Foundation presented the first Linda Engh-Grady Award for Nonprofit Excellence to Heidi Van Everen, the executive director of Whitefish Legacy Partners.

City supports Alpenglow project with $1 million in funding
March 13, 2024 midnight

City supports Alpenglow project with $1 million in funding

The Whitefish City Council met last week to discuss a budget request from Housing Whitefish to support Phase 2 of the Alpenglow apartment project and to consider taking action in the Montanans Against Irresponsible Densification v. State of Montana lawsuit.

New Tupelo Grille owner brings fresh look to popular Whitefish restaurant while leaning on tradition
March 13, 2024 midnight

New Tupelo Grille owner brings fresh look to popular Whitefish restaurant while leaning on tradition

Ownership recently changed hands and the interior of the Central Avenue restaurant has undergone a remodel, but the Tupelo feel and the menu favorites remain.

Townhome project OK'd for River Lakes Parkway
March 13, 2024 midnight

Townhome project OK'd for River Lakes Parkway

A townhome development on River Lakes Parkway was approved last week at Whitefish City Council’s regular meeting.