Katrin Frye

Flathead Reporter

Katrin Frye reports twice weekly on northwest Montana news from her native Flathead Valley. Frye is a graduate of the University Of Montana School Of Journalism and Davidson Honors College. Before coming on board with MTPR, she reported for the local CBS affiliate in the Flathead Valley, and worked as a contributing writer to the weekly paper the Flathead Beacon. Her reports covering the news of the Flathead Valley and northwest Montana have been heard on National Public Radio’s Evening Edition, NPR News and National Native News.

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Outdoors
1:33 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Long time fisheries manager retiring

Retiring Region One Fisheries Manager Jim Vashro with a Lake Trout on Flathead Lake.
Credit Tony Anderson

Aquatic Invasive Species, Bucket Biology, lake trout suppression, public access, and family fishing are among the topics that have ruled Jim Vashro’s last thirty years with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Vashro is retiring as the Region One Fisheries Manager for F-W-P with the end of this year. Region One includes Flathead Lake as well as numerous other lakes, rivers and streams in northwest Montana. Vashro said Flathead Lake was just one of more than one hundred lakes that had Mysis shrimp introduced, but arguably saw the most profound change.

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Holiday Decorating
8:33 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Decking someone else's halls

Shopping, cooking, tying up loose ends at work, family coming in… the list of holiday prep goes on. Joyce Billmayer of Conrad Floral in the Flathead has found a way to make a traditionally slower season busy by helping people one of those things off their list: holiday decorating.

Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye catches up with Billmayer as she preps to put the finishing touches on a home all-dolled-up for the holidays.

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Flathead Transit
2:10 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Tribes take over bus route connecting Missoula to Whitefish

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are stepping up to fill a transportation gap between the Flathead, Mission, and Missoula Valleys. Transit Section Superintendent David Jacobs with the Montana Department of Transportation says Rimrock Stages was handling bus service from Missoula to Kalispell.

He said it was shut down by the Federal Motor Carriers Service Administration for non-compliance last March. He said the MDOT was waiting to see if Rimrock Stages would come back into compliance.

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Montana Agriculture
8:49 am
Tue December 17, 2013

The last of the Flathead dairy farms

Holstein milk cows eat a mixture of alfalfa hay and barley at the Kalispell Kreamery.
Credit Katrin Frye

“My dad started with one cow 35 years ago, they loved the animal, and we grew to 200 head, because of the animal, and so, I like people to understand that we sell the milk to keep the cows- it’s not the other way around,” Mary Tuck is Vice President and owner of Kalispell Kreamery.

It’s the last of the Flathead dairy farms in an area that used to boast more than forty. Kalispell Kreamery evolved from her family dairy farm; Hedstrom Dairy.

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Avalanche
9:31 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Changes at the Flathead Avalanche Center

Erich Peitzsch is the new part time Director of the Flathead Avalanche Center.
Credit Eric Knoff

The avalanche education, training and information outlet in the Flathead has been in flux over the past few years with old partnerships ending, and new ones forming. The National Forest is hoping to build partnerships and answer some of the demand for upgraded services through the Flathead Avalanche Center.               

The Center recently hired a part-time director Erich Peitzsch. He works for the US Geological Survey based in Glacier Park as a Physical Scientist. He has also been the Avalanche Forecaster during spring plowing on the Going to the Sun Road.

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Big Mountain Ski Patrol
10:22 am
Fri December 6, 2013

For this job you have to be able to handle explosives, provide first aid, and ski too

ALERT Helicopter from Kalispell Regional Medical Center comes to meet with ski patrol during training at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
Credit Katrin Frye

It’s not quite the ski patroller Olympics I was hoping for; skiing backwards, jumping through hoops, blindfolded…

In fact, when I showed up to the Whitefish Mountain Resort patrollers are inside, practicing specific stretches shown to them by a local physical therapist.

President of the Big Mountain Ski Patrol Incorporated Ryan Friel was, however, wearing ski boots.

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Organic Farming
8:28 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Why Montana's organic farmers are converging on the Flathead

Credit flickr/mckaysavage

Cultivating organic seeds and genetically modified crops are among the topics farmers are meeting to discuss in the Flathead next week. The annual Montana Organic Association Conference is being held in the Flathead for the first time.

Judy Osowitz of Terrapin Farm in has been farming in rural Whitefish for 36-years.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes, I’ve seen a lot more demand for organic, I’ve seen a lot more supply of organic- which is a good thing, to have both, it’s wonderful,” Osowitz said.

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Care Farms
1:00 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Cows, Chickens, Veggies, and Therapy

Lighthouse Cristian Home resident Sara Maldonado feeds the cows as part of her morning chores.
Credit Katrin Frye

The idea of farm work as therapy takes root in the Flathead with several working farms opening their doors a couple times a week to people with disabilities. The Flathead Valley has seven Care Farms as of last spring. It’s an effort spearheaded by Maarten Fischer of the A-Plus-Home Healthcare of the Flathead, Fischer also teaches a multifunctional agriculture course at Flathead Valley Community College.

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Memory Care
11:26 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Why early diagnosis helps with Alzheimer's

Credit firstcovers.com

Think of your memory as layers upon layers stacked on top of one another. Registered Nurse Jennifer Crowley specializes in working with patients with Alzheimer’s. Crowley said for people with Alzheimer’s new memories are the top-most layers, and they roll right off and get lost. She conducts Memory Screenings which identify risk for Alzheimer’s and other cognitive impairment disorders. The exam tests short term memory and looks at a person’s understanding of the world around them.

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Business Class
10:30 am
Mon November 25, 2013

How Flathead High students are helping local businesses

Norm's News of Kalispell is one of the local businesses which has partnered up with a Flathead High business class to take in-class lessons and apply them in the real world.
Credit Katrin Frye

Hiring and training staff, keeping the books in order, and getting more customers in the door are among the topics being studied in business management classes everywhere. Applying those hypothetical models to real-life situations is the goal of an advanced business class at Flathead High School. Instructor Jesse Rumsey teaches the Business Management class offered through Flathead High School’s International Baccalaureate program.

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