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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Direct Flights to the Flathead
12:27 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Raising money to bring more flights to the Flathead

AERO is working to raise money to encourage airlines to invest in new, direct flights between the Flathead and major cities.
Credit Glacier Park International Airport

Competition is fierce to get airlines flying in and out of smaller communities. It’s especially tough to get direct flights from places like Kalispell to big cities like Chicago or Los Angeles. In the Flathead a non-profit group called Airline Enhancement and Retention Outreach, or AERO, is following in the footsteps of several other small communities to raise funds to bring in new routes. Chairman of AERO says it’s called a Minimum Revenue Guarantee or MRG.

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Tourism
2:14 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Montana's got the scenery and the beer to lure cyclists. Now, about those roads...

Bikes line one of the walls at Montana Adventure Sports in Bigfork. The business has a bike focus, and is building a hostel catering to bike travelers.
Credit Katrin Frye

Beautiful scenery, hospitality, and beer are among the things that bicycle tourists like, and Montana has. The Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research recently came out with a study looking at the potential for the bicycle niche of the tourism industry. Wider highway shoulders and better rumble strip placement are what Executive Director Jim Sayer of Adventure Cycling called critical elements for the cyclo-tourists.

Adventure Cycling is a Missoula-based non-profit that’s worked over the last several decades to develop bike routes and encourage people to get out and peddle.

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Flathead Lake International Cinemafest
4:42 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Sundance watch out, competition from... Polson?

This weekend marks the second annual Flathead Lake International Cinemafest.
Credit FLIC

Last year the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest, or FLIC showed more than thirty films from new and emerging filmmakers. 2014 marks FLICs second year, and the number of films has more than doubled to seventy-nine.

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Commemorating MLK
9:07 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Flathead MLK Day event looks at civil rights and slavery through song

Credit Love Lives Here Flathead

Civil Rights, slavery in U-S history, and modern day slavery are being looked at during a Martin Luther King Junior Day event in the Flathead.

The event which features a combined Flathead and Glacier High School choir, members of the Alpine Theater Project, as well as the Saint Charles Women’s Choir.

“Love Lives Here” is affiliated with the Montana Human Rights Network and it’s sponsoring a this program titled: “Let Freedom Sing: Songs that Changed America.”

“We’re trying to cover the songs that really effected America,” said organizer Ina Albert.

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Library Revisited
10:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Not just "musty old books" at the Kalispell "Imagine If" Library

Getting "messy" at recently re-branded "Imagine If" Library of Kalispell.
Credit Katrin Frye

Walking into Flathead County Library’s main branch in Kalispell there’s the smell of fresh, buttery popcorn, and Alex Hogle and Jeremy Morrone play bluegrass music as people check out books, browse, and snack.

There’s also a big signs saying “Imagine If”. Flathead County Libraries recently unveiled itself as a new brand with “Imagine If.”

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Kalispell Schools
1:22 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

New buildings, technology, and curriculum leading issues during retiring Superintendents tenure

Kalispell School District 5 Superintendent Darlene Schottle.
Credit Mike Kofford / Kalispell School District 5

Overcrowded classrooms, outdated technology, new construction, old buildings, new curriculum, and online venue for the enduring issue of bullying are among the issues facing many school districts in 2014.

Growth and change at the Kalispell School District Five has been visible over the past 10-years with the creation and construction of a second high school.

The woman at the reins during these changes is District Five Superintendent Darlene Schottle who is retiring at the end of the school year.

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Kalispell Mini Maker Faire
2:13 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Montana's first "Makers Faire"

The Kalispell Mini Maker Faire follows in the tradition of the San Mateo, California Maker Faire which started in 2005 and has grown to feature more than 800 makers with nearly 110,000 people attending.
Credit Flickr / lemonkey

Inventors, practical science buffs, and “makers” of all kinds are invited to demonstrate their projects at an event called the Kalispell Mini Maker Faire.

The first Makers Faire happened in San Mateo, California in 2005. Now, it has featured more than 800-makers with nearly 110,000 attendees.

The World Maker Faire in New York has grown in three years to more than 500 makers with 55,000 attendees. 

Public Services Librarian April Szuch said the one planned for Kalispell will be much smaller, a Mini Maker Faire. She says it’s the first of its kind in Montana.

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Deep Brain Stimulation
2:18 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Musician regains his gift through brain surgery

Reid Merley and Sherry Parmater.
Credit Katrin Frye

Reid Merley has been playing the oboe since he was 11 years old.

“Except for two years when I didn’t play, I’ve been playing for 46 years,” Merley said.

To save you the math, that makes him 57 years old. The two years he didn’t really play was 2007 through 2009.

Merley first noticed a tremor in 2005. His arms would just shake, but only when he picked up his instrument to play.

He was able to hide it for a while.

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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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