Daily Inter Lake News Now

Daily Inter Lake News Now

We are northwest Montana's longest-running newspaper. Since 1889, we've been proud to be your source for local news, sports, and entertainment for the Flathead Valley and beyond. Join us for our News Now as we highlight a handful of the top headlines for the week in the Flathead Valley and Montana. We will also share some local events for the week that are worth checking out. Our Deep Dives are conversations with local people, businesses, nonprofits, and agencies related to our community. Listen to Sports News Now for a weekly breakdown of local Northwest Montana prep and college sports! Press Play sheds light on a different Montana musician each month. They perform a live show on our newspaper press floor in front of our subscribers for a lunch break. Before each show, we interview the musicians and learn more about their perspective and artistry.


May 30, 2024 13 mins

Taylor Inman meets with musicians Vinnie, Rebecca, and Eric of Barrel Stove Combo. They talk about how they met, the few practices they need a year and their love of jazz. The Barrel Stove Combo performs Friday, June 7th on the pressroom floor at the Daily Inter Lake to wrap up the first season of Press Play. 

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Welcome back to another edition of the Inter Lake Sports Now.

On this week’s Sports Now we’ll recap the spring sports state tourney action from over the weekend - where a valley softball team landed state title honors and Libby made history on the tennis courts. 

After that we’ll look at some college sports news as the Frontier conference, the athletic conference of schools like Montana Tech, Carroll, and Montana ...

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Here are a few upcoming listings from our events calendar to give you some inspiration after a long weekend! This week Kalispell HEART Locker's hosting their Summer Block Party, Whitefish Theatre Company's "Death by Design" premiers, Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons will have a two-day stint at the Northern Bar.

Featured events this week:
Death by Design
Kalispell HEART Locker Block Party

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Despite raising the specter that a nonprofit worked with the Biden administration to relocate immigrants in the country illegally to Kalispell earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke has yet to produce evidence for the claim. Suspected aquarium dumping leads to mystery snails being found in Flathead Lake, a common aquarium pet in the U.S. And after a recount, the West Valley School technology levy passed by one vote.


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This week's Poster Player of the Week is Flathead High School's Ava Besson! This Bravette came in clutch at the plate against Butte. Their win is taking them to the State Tourney!

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Welcome back to this week’s episode of the Inter Lake Sports Now - We’ll start out with a look at the state baseball action from last weekend where the Columbia Falls Wildcats played their way into a bronze finish, then we’ll look at the Western A softball tourney where the Columbia Falls softball team came up big, after that we’ll look at the divisional track action that took place last weekend before closing things out with a qui...

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Here are a few upcoming listings from our events calendar to give you some inspiration for your Memorial Day weekend planning! This week you've got to catch local storytellers, listen to aspiring songwriters to benefit North Valley Music School, jam out to a raucous cover band, and witness a tradition like no other in Bigfork.

Featured events this week:
Tuesday, May 21st -  Flathead Story Concerts at Sacred Water...

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In this week’s episode, we learn about a tour of the southern border, provided by an anti-immigration group for two northwest Montana state lawmakers. Tensions rose between the State Library Commission and the Montana Library Association after a commission member compared the group to the Ku Klux Klan last week. And Glacier National Park officials outline their spring operations, as the pilot vehicle reservation is about to start a...

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Our Poster Player of the Week is Glacier High School's Leilani Lennarz! She has shown up to the courts the past couple of weeks and helped with their big wins over Bozeman, Gallatin, Flathead, and Butte.

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Welcome back to another edition of the Inter Lake Sports Now with Josh Dugan. This week’s Sports now is going to be a bit of a rapid fire edition with a light week in the local sports scene while the spring sports season gears up for postseason play soon. This one starts with a look at Columbia Falls Wildcats big weekend at the Sapa-Johnsrud baseball tournament that took place at Glacier Bank Park. Then we’ll keep the Wildcats them...

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Here are a few upcoming listings from our events calendar to hopefully give you some inspiration for your weekly planning! This week offers a medley of live music and some educational opportunities.

Featured events this week:
Tuesdays May 14, 21 & 28 - Silent Book Club
Friday, May 17th - Kelly Diane performing at the Boat Club
Saturday, May 18th - Kelly Diane performing at Water's Edge Winery
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Another week in beautiful northwest Montana and the Daily Inter Lake is here to bring you news important to your community. This week we’ll hear about an arrest made after an alleged attempted kidnapping of a 16-year-old boy in Kalispell, school enrollment data that shows more Montanans are choosing to homeschool their children, and how voters in Evergreen and on Big Mountain approved levy requests in last Tuesday’s election.

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On Friday, Mat 3rd, Halladay and Rob Quist joined us for a lunchtime show on our press floor. The father-daughter duo shared love letters to Montana and a few puns; their family talent spans across generations.

Singer-songwriter Rob founded the Mountain Mission Wood Band and has had his songs sung by Michael Martin Murphy and Loretta Lynn. He has appeared with musical acts Heart, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jimmy Buffett,...

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Columbia Falls sprinter Malaki Simpson knows this is his year to become a state champion. In his three prior appearances at the state meet in Laurel (2021, 2023) and Butte (2022) Simpson hasn't claimed any individual titles.  Another trip to Laurel awaits Simpson, who is prequalified in the 100 and 200, as well as with the 400-meter relay team he anchors.

Simpson currently sits with the fastest time in Class A and fou...

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Welcome back to another edition of the Inter Lake Sports Now with Josh Dugan.

We'll start out with some headlines including the return of the Brock Osweiler and Flathead Braves football camp and an area athlete who announced their commitment to MSU-Northern as a two-sport athlete.

Then we’ll roll through a quick spring sports update and dive into the college sports action starting with some track and field ne...

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Join host Melissa Wells for the latest addition to our News Now podcast - local events in Northwest Montana! Every week, we will highlight a few listings from our events calendar, and hopefully give you some ideas about what happenings you could check out.

Featured events this week:
Kalispell Downtown Association's Ladies' Night
Run Wild 5k and Fun Run
Flathead Food Truck Festival
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The Tally Lake Ranger District office has their Smokey the Bear sign stolen, a Billings man who threatened Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Tester gets two and a half years of jail time, vandals struck the Boys and Girls Club and the Ruis Wrestling Academy, and Habitat For Humanity of the Flathead Valley makes moves to accommodate more construction volunteers. 

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Smokey Bear stolen from Tally Lake Ranger District...

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Reporter Taylor Inman meets with Columbia Falls local, Dr. Thomas Wright, who has returned home bringing top-of-the-line care to the area where he grew up.  Dr. Wright specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery, with an emphasis on breast reconstruction. 

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Learn more about Wright and find contact information for his office online.

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On this week’s Sports Now we’ll roll through a quick spring prep sports update and highlight our Poster Player of the Week before jumping into some NFL news with a number of Bobcats and Grizzlies products landing with teams following the NFL draft. 

Then we’ll close things out with a quick look at some Glacier Range Riders news as the valley’s pro baseball team is in an ongoing dispute with the National Park Service regard...

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Taylor Inman chats with Valley Voices Director Allyson Kuechmann and member-at-large Dave Vale about their upcoming show “Saturday Night (and Sunday afternoon) At The Movies.” The group brings together community members with a passion for music, regardless of their experience level. 

The show runs April 27 at 7:30 p.m. and April 28 at 3 p.m. in the Glacier High School auditorium and is free to attend for all ages. 

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