Nicky Ouellet

Nicky is MTPR's Flathead-area reporter.

Wildlife managers are laying the groundwork to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in and around the Continental Divide in northwest Montana later this year.

On Tuesday, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee’s executive committee was expected to vote on a so-called Conservation Strategy. But the vote was delayed to give members more time to consider public comments.


All three of Montana’s delegates in Washington, D.C. said they oppose the Trump Administration’s strategy of separating families at the border. But they disagree on how to move forward to change that practice.

The Montana Broadcasters Association made a last minute pivot Sunday morning from a debate format to more of a moderated town hall when it became clear only Senator Jon Tester would be participating.

Leaders from the Blackfeet Nation and U.S. Interior Department signed documents Tuesday implementing a $471 million settlement over water rights claims.

At the top of Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, a giant rotary plow shoots snow 40 feet up into the air before it arcs into a free-falling cascade over the eastern edge of the Continental Divide.

Plow crews hit asphalt along the entire length of Going-To-The-Sun Road Thursday. There’s still no opening date set. Right now, cars are being stopped at the Avalanche Creek parking lot on the West Side and the Jackson Glacier Overlook on the East Side.

The U.S. Department of Interior Wednesday announced it’s secured $12 million to fund reconstruction of the Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park.

A little before midnight, when the race was called for Matt Rosendale, Flathead Valley surgeon Olszewski had won 17 percent of the Republican vote. While he’s disappointed with the result, he says he wouldn’t change anything about his first statewide campaign. 

An initiative that could spell trouble for a controversial water bottling plant in the Flathead Valley was approved by Flathead county voters last night.

Backers of the Egan Slough zoning expansion say the extending the agricultural zone will protect the area’s prime farmland from industrial development, including Montana Artesian Water Company.

The zoning change passed with 69 percent of the vote.

This weekend, Montana State Parks kicked off a summer long initiative to draw more people to Montana’s 55 state parks.

But a springtime audit showed the parks have a $22 million maintenance backlog.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering up to $2,000 for information about a grizzly bear shooting death north of Libby. 

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