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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Senior Health and Wellness
4:27 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Getting older doesn't mean you're "doomed to be depressed"

Credit Flathead County Agency on Aging

Montana’s population is aging, and the number of people aged 65-and older living in Montana is expected to keep growing.

A report from the state Department of Health and Human Services says in 2000 Montana ranked 14th in the nation in the percentage of its population aged 65 or older.

That rank is expected to jump to 5th by the year 20-25.

Connecting this population with the necessary health services is part of an effort that brings together several organizations for seniors.

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Glacier Park Shutdown
5:41 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Local businesses talk of cancellations and early closure due to Glacier Park shutdown

West Entrance to Glacier Park
Katrin Frye

Businesses around the closed Glacier Park are feeling the pinch from the partial government shutdown. The fall is generally winding-down season as services in Glacier Park winterize. Many of the businesses have already shutdown for the season. Darwon Stoneman is owner, and one of the original founders of Glacier Raft Company in West Glacier, which started up in 1976. Stoneman says fishing and rafting are done this time of year, and they’ve closed up the retail shop, but they still offer cabin rentals.

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Avalanche Safety Workshop
6:02 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Combating the rising trend of avalanche deaths

Credit Craig Moore, GlacierWorld

The number of people being killed in avalanches in Montana has been growing over the years. New avalanche education opportunities have been cropping up to combat this trend.         The Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop started up three years ago in the Flathead

The Workshop features a range of speakers presenting on weather conditions, avalanche safety, forecasting, and more as well as back country winter safety gear representatives.

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"Love Lives Here"
11:54 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Laying a foundation for peace, one tile at a time

The "Community Spirit Monument" features tiles created by 2,000 plus Flathead Valley residents.
Katrin Frye

A grassroots human rights organization in the Flathead is building upon its anti-hate message, literally. The group “Love Lives Here” teamed up with local artists and people from across the community created ceramic tiles spelling out messages of love and peace through words and pictures. The first step of this project happened with the construction of a tile-lined gazebo in 2008. This month the group is unveiling several tiled-lined benches as an addition to the monument.

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Park closure strands visitors
5:41 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Glacier Park, closed for the shutdown

Blockade at West Glacier entrance to Glacier Park.
Katrin Frye

Arguably the most visible effect of the government shutdown is the closure of 401 National Parks, including Glacier Park. Glacier counts on an average of 50 to 60 thousand visitors in the month of October. Public Affairs Officer Denise Germann with the Park said there has been confusion, and surprise about the Park being closed.

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Stoltze Cogeneration Plant
10:42 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Using sawmill leftovers to power homes

Two silos hold fuel; dry planer chips and the sawdust and bark from the sawmill, to feed the biomass boiler of FH Stoltze cogeneration plant.
Credit Katrin Frye

After years of raising money, securing a buyer, and months of construction F-H Stoltze Land and Lumber’s cogeneration plant is running. The plant will be providing up to 2.5-megawatts of power to the Flathead Electric Co-op for 20-years. That boils down enough to power between 1,800 and 2,500 homes. Plant Manager Bryan O’Connor said the biomass boiler burns a mix of sawdust, bark, and wood chips produced from the sawmill to produce steam which then is used to dry lumber, and to turn a turbine which generates energy for the power grid.

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Glacier National Park
12:53 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Young volunteers building trails, and résumés at Glacier Park

Montana Conservation Corps members finish up trail maintenance at Glacier Park's Rocky Point Trail. Their work is part of a new Youth Corps Partnership at Glacier.
Credit Katrin Frye

The Glacier Youth Corps Partnership just wrapped up the first of two summers of volunteer work at the Park. Volunteer Coordinator Jessica Kusky with Glacier said the Partnership is an opportunity for the Park to get different projects completed, and for the volunteers to learn about careers in the Park Service. Kusky said the project also aims to connect the next generation with Glacier Park.

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Flathead Lake Trout
10:55 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, state split over Flathead lake trout removal

Bull Trout are among the native species managers are looking to help by removing non-native lake trout.
Credit flickr/USFWS Headquarters

The Flathead Lake fishery has cultural, ecological, and economic significance for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes on the south end of the lake, and for the non-tribal land around the north end. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Tribes have been co-managing the lake, but disagree over the best way to discourage non-native lake trout dominance over native trout.  

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2013 e-city
9:27 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Why Google named Whitefish the "digital capital" of Montana

Google says its e-cities have a strong online presence with businesses across the community using websites, blogs, and social media to connect with their clients.
Credit flikr/twbuckner

Google annually recognizes one city from each state as that states “e-city.” An e-city has a strong presence online with businesses across the community using websites, blogs, and social media to connect with their clients. It’s also a community made up of businesses that show a strong likelihood of growth in the digital economy. For 2013 in Montana Google chose Whitefish. Chief Product Officer John Frandsen of Old Town Creative said he’s not so surprised Whitefish won out.

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Aquatic Invasie Species
6:19 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Stopping the tiniest hitchhikers

FWP hopes it becomes second nature for people to inspect, clean, and dry their boats after use.
Credit Katrin Frye

Boaters traveling from water body to water body, and travelers passing through the state may have noticed something new this summer.

Mandatory boat check stations are not new to the state, but increased funding means there are more of them.

Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist Linnaea  Schroeer with Fish, Wildlife and Parks said the state set up 20-mandatory check stations this summer, up from 16 the year before.

She said Montana is one of only 5-states free of zebra and quagga mussels.

The others include Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Wyoming.

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