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 By Justin Franz    News

Testing confirms wastewater system leaking near Holland Lake

The U.S. Forest Service has shut down its wastewater treatment plant near Holland Lake and begun remediation efforts after testing confirmed that there was a leak in the system. The... — Updated 10/25/2023

 By Justin Franz    Features

As calls for aid increase, volunteer fire departments struggle to respond

COLUMBIA FALLS - When Karl Weeks started volunteering with the Columbia Falls Fire Department 23 years ago, he'd get called to duty every few days for things like car accidents,... — Updated 1/25/2023

 By Justin Franz    News

Forest Service turns back Holland Lake proposal, for now

A Utah-based developer is going to have to go back to the drawing board after the Flathead National Forest rejected its initial plan to expand and upgrade the Holland Lake Lodge in... — Updated 11/25/2022


Locals worry Holland Lake Lodge expansion could permanently change Swan Valley

A proposed expansion of the Holland Lake Lodge near Condon has raised concerns not only about the historic lakeside resort but about the future of the secluded Swan Valley. Those concerns come as the U.S. Forest Service is wrapping... — Updated 10/5/2022  Website

 By Justin Franz    Features

Prices soar as 'Montana land grab' continues

This summer, seven empty lots on the face of Big Mountain in Whitefish were put up for sale - the smallest was just over a half an acre and listed at $1.2 million. The owners of... — Updated 11/12/2020


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