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Flathead Beacon Podcasts

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Listen here for all the latest news and information from around the Flathead Valley. Each week the Flathead Beacon Podcast takes a deep dive into the biggest stories in Northwest Montana. To read all of our coverage, free of charge, visit flatheadbeacon.com. Support our work by joining the Beacon Editor's Club at beaconeditorsclub.com.

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    2021 Kalispell City Elections

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    Halloween is looming at the end of the calendar month which means it’s almost time for the 2021 election cycle. As an off- off year in elections, it’s easy to overlook this year’s vote without a presidential candidate, congressional candidates or state legislators on the ballot, but municipal races throughout the county will directly shape policies in Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Whitefish and the surrounding areas as the county continues to grow. Staff reporter Maggie Dresser joins the podcast to talk about the races for Kalispell city council and the mayors race. Coming up, be on the lookout for a bonus episode of the Flathead Beacon Podcast that will feature a farewell conversation with outgoing managing editor Myers Reece, who's last day at the Beacon was this week.Read more about all of this week's stories and get the latest breaking news at flatheadbeacon.com and sign up for our new daily newsletter at flatheadbeacon.com/newsletter.RELATED LINKSFire Reported in Patrick Creek AreaThree Montana School Districts Go Virtual or Close Due to COVIDLongtime Blackfeet Chief, Cultural Steward, Dies at 92Columbia Falls Landowners Sue DEQ Over New SubdivisionLocal Runners Keen to Add to Flathead’s Winning TraditionThe music in this this episode is “Thinking Music” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License, See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Fall Arts and News Roundup

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    This week the Flathead Beacon staff put together an issue dedicated to the arts, focusing on stories about artists, musicians and writers in the Flathead Valley. Host Micah Drew takes some time to run through several of the features of the issue before rounding up the latest stories from the last seven days including the vote on the Whitefish resort tax, the closure of Going-to-the-Sun Road and Kalispell's rules on marijuana dispensaries. Coming up, be on the lookout for a bonus episode of the Flathead Beacon Podcast that will feature a farewell conversation with outgoing managing editor Myers Reece, who's last day at the Beacon was this week. Read more about all of this week's stories and get the latest breaking news at flatheadbeacon.com and sign up for our new daily newsletter at flatheadbeacon.com/newsletter.RELATED LINKSOctober 13 E-EditionVoters to Decide Whitefish Resort Tax Renewal on Nov. 2Weather Closes Alpine Access to Glacier Park as Services Shutter for WinterKalispell Restricts Marijuana Operations to Industrial ZonesWhitefish Mountain Resort CEO Announces Upcoming RetirementAce Powell's Last Painting and Enduring LegacyThe music in this this episode is “Thinking Music” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License, See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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    An Apple a Day

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    Montana is home to a number of heritage apple orchards that have been producing fruit for decades, even going back to the early 1900s. Many of the oldest orchards are remnants of old homesteads when trees were planted for sustenance, while some go back to early commercial operations. The Kalispell orchard planted by Rod McIver is only 23 years old, but is the largest collection of fruit trees and apple varieties in the state. Rod started his home orchard project in 1997 to feed his love for gardening and the natural world and he operates it as part experiment, part commercial operation, with the dual purposes of searching for apple varieties that thrive in Montana’s climate and selling trees to the public to offer the every day fruit consumer a wider variety of fresh options.Host Micah Drew spent hours at the orchard over the past weeks and McIver talked about his favorite fruits and some of the history of his project. Later, Micah runs through the biggest stories from the last seven days, including a new conservation project near Bigfork, updates on Flathead County's COVID-19 stats, the results from the state golf tournaments and more.Read more about all of this week's stories and get the latest breaking news at flatheadbeacon.com and sign up for our new daily newsletter at flatheadbeacon.com/newsletter.RELATED LINKSOctober 6 E-EditionCOVID-19 Vaccines, Including Boosters, Offered Weekly at FairgroundsSwan Conservation Collaboration Yields New Trails, Wards Off Development7 Passengers on Derailed Train Sue Amtrak, BNSF RailwayArea Code Needed for Local Montana Calls Starting This MonthValley Golfers Wrap up Season at StateThe music in this this episode is “Thinking Music” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License, See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Selling the Farm

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    At the end of each month, the Flathead Beacon runs a series of business pieces focusing on a different economic sector each month. For September, Flathead Beacon business reporter Maggie Dresser dove into the agricultural community in the Flathead Valley to examine how the selloff of farmland to developers is impacting the rural economy, as well as what the hot summer meant for crops in the area.Later, Micah runs through the biggest stories from the last seven days, including a proposed hotel in downtown Whitefish, updates on Libby's Superfund site, a recent Amtrak derailment and more.Read more about all of this week's stories and get the latest breaking news at flatheadbeacon.com and sign up for our new daily newsletter at flatheadbeacon.com/newsletter.RELATED LINKSSeptember 29 E-EditionSelling the FarmPlanning Board Endorses Whitefish Hotel ProposalsGreat Fish Community Challenge Sets New Fundraising RecordEPA Deletes Portion of Superfund Site from National Priorities ListInvestigators Probe Deadly Amtrak Derailment in MontanaThe music in this this episode is “Thinking Music” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License, See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Learning Through Loss

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    The Flathead Valley has been rocked by the deaths by suicide of two high school aged kids that were reported in the last two weeks. These marked the seventh and eighth deaths by suicide in the high school age group in the area in the last year and a half. Flathead Beacon assistant managing editor Tristan Scott joins host Micah Drew to talk about his coverage of the recent tragedies and how the community is working to enhance suicide prevention awareness. Later, Micah runs through the biggest stories from the last seven days, including the contract negotiations at Logan Health, the retirement of the Flathead County fairgrounds manager, and a wrap up of Glacier National Park's ticketed entry system.Read more about all of this week's stories and get the latest breaking news at flatheadbeacon.com and sign up for our new daily newsletter at flatheadbeacon.com/newsletter.RELATED LINKSSeptember 22 E-EditionLogan Health Nurses Ratify First Union ContractFlathead County Fairgrounds Manager RetiresGlacier Reports Reservation System Helped Blunt Traffic Spikes on Sun Road The music in this this episode is “Thinking Music” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License, See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Flathead Living Preview: Fall 2021

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    It's once again time for another issue of Flathead Living to hit the stands. After a hectic week of compiling and editing the latest issue, magazine editor Myers Reece joins host Micah Drew to give an overview of the fall issue and highlight some of his favorite features readers can dig their teeth into this season. Later, Micah runs through the biggest stories from the last seven days, including a growing number of bear conflicts in the area, valley-wide bus driver shortages, and a plan to curtail aerial tours in Glacier National Park.Read more about all of this week's stories and get the latest breaking news at flatheadbeacon.com and sign up for our new daily newsletter at flatheadbeacon.com/newsletter.RELATED LINKSSeptember 15 E-EditionA Fed BearSchool Districts Continue Scrambling for Bus DriversGlacier Park Unveils Plan to Phase Out Aerial Sightseeing ToursThe music in this this episode is “Thinking Music” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License, See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Back to School with Superintendent Micah Hill

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    The 2021-22 school year has started and Flathead Valley public school districts have been solidifying their COVID-19 policies for months in preparation. By Federal law, students in all districts are required, whether vaccinated or not, to wear face coverings on public transportation, which includes school and activity buses. Beyond that, however, districts have some leeway to draft their own policies which has led to a patchwork of guidelines across the valley. All districts are encouraging, but not requiring COVID-19 vaccinations, as just over a quarter of children ages 12-17 in Flathead County had received at least one dose. Meanwhile, Kalispell Public Schools is moving forward with phase three of its COVID plan which strongly encourages face coverings but does not mandate them for any grade levels. KPS superintendent Micah Hill joined the podcast today to talk about his thoughts on the district's policy, how schools stayed open last year, and his level of optimism for this school year. Later, Micah runs through the biggest stories from the last seven days, including a body found in the Flathead River, upcoming memorial services for 9/11, and the historic win by the Griz last weekend.Read more about all of this week's stories and get the latest breaking news at flatheadbeacon.com and sign up for our new daily newsletter at flatheadbeacon.com/newsletter.RELATED LINKSSeptember 8 E-EditionUnidentified Remains Found in Flathead River9/11 Remembrance Services to be Held in the FlatheadNo. 20 Washington Humbled by Stunning Loss to MontanaThe music in this this episode is “Thinking Music” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License, See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Whitefish Olympian Talks Tokyo

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    While the attention of the sporting world has shifted to the fall football season and the start of a number of high school sports, some athletes are still reminiscing about and processing their experiences competing at the highest level of sport: the Olympic Games. Whitefish has an elite club of Olympic athletes that can be counted on a single hand. Nicole Heavirland competed for Team USA in Rugby Sevens, after going to the 2016 Rio Games as a reserve. Nicole joins to the podcast to talk about her experience in Tokyo, how she and her team handled an early exit from the tournament and what it means to have a supportive community in Montana.   Later, Micah runs through the biggest stories from the last seven days, including the latest mussel-infested boat interception, a new Montana rule regarding mask wearing in public schools, more Flathead County deaths from COVID-19 and the the largest philanthropic donation in Montana state history.Read more about all of this week's stories and get the latest breaking news at flatheadbeacon.com and sign up for our new daily newsletter at flatheadbeacon.com/newsletter.RELATED LINKSSeptember 1 E-EditionMussel Fouled Boat Intercepted En Route to KalispellMontana Rule Urges Schools to Give Parents Say on MasksFlathead County Reports Nine Additional COVID-19 DeathsTexas Power Couple with Flathead Ties Gifts $101 Million to MSU Nursing ProgramThe music in this this episode is “Thinking Music” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License, See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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    2021 Prep Football Preview

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    The weather is starting to feel like fall and once again it is time for Friday night lights to bring fans to football stadiums across Montana. High school football kicks off this weekend and there are exciting storylines across the Flathead Valley, including the new coach at Flathead High School and the strongest kid in the country, Jake Rendina, getting ready for his final season under the lights for the Glacier Wolfpack. To dive deeper into the world of prep football host Micah Drew talked to Anthony Nachreiner the former Voice of the Braves and KGEZ radio host who currently hosts the Nach On Sports Podcast which focuses on Double A football even though he now lives in Florida. Anthony shares his thoughts on who the best teams are in the state and breaks down the Flathead Braves and the Glacier Wolfpack ahead of their first games this weekend.Later, Micah runs through the biggest stories from the last seven days, including record COVID hospitalizations, Montana's new wolf hunting regulations, the Kalispell city budget and the success of the Northwest Montana Fair and Rodeo.Anthony Nachreiner can be heard ever week on The Nach On Sports Show Podcast.Read more about all of this week's stories and get the latest breaking news at flatheadbeacon.com and sign up for our new daily newsletter at flatheadbeacon.com/newsletter.RELATED LINKSAugust 25 E-EditionDivided State Wildlife Commission Expands Wolf Hunting, Trapping RegulationsKalispell Approves $104 Million BudgetOfficials Declare Fair a Rousing SuccessThe music in this this episode is “Thinking Music” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License, See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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    COVID Rising

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    Flathead County has seen a drastic increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks, including 42 hospitalizations on Aug. 17, breaking the single-day record set last November during the pandemic’s peak. Logan Health reports its adult acute-care capacity has been exceeded and that the current surge in cases, driven by the highly infectious Delta variant, has likely yet to hit its peak. Flathead Beacon managing editor Myers Reece routinely talks with local hospital and health department officials to stay updated status of the virus in the valley and joined host Micah Drew to share the latest statistics and worries from around the valley.Later, Micah runs through the biggest stories from the last seven days, including new COVID-19 restrictions on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, the Flathead's new minor league baseball team and Waterton-Glacier's joint status as a fully certified International Dark Sky Park.Read more about all of this week's stories and get the latest breaking news at flatheadbeacon.com and sign up for our new daily newsletter at flatheadbeacon.com/newsletter.RELATED LINKSAugust 18 E-EditionHot Smoky Conditions Persist as Cold Front ApproachesBlackfeet Nation Enacts Mask MandateFlathead Valley Gains Minor League Baseball TeamStar Light Star BrightThe music in this this episode is “Thinking Music” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License, See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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