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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Glacier National Park
10:49 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Glacier Park's new leader on budgets, community, and climate change

Superintendent Jeff Mow in November 2012 while working at Denali National Park.
Credit NPS Photo / Jay Elhard

Glacier National Park’s new leader says the Park is facing many challenges, and opportunities. New Superintendent Jeff Mow is heading south, to Glacier National Park after more than 20-years working in Alaska.

“I have actually had the northern-most duty station in the National Park Service which is in the small Eskimo village of Anaktuvuk Pass in the Brooks Range, I lived there for a couple years. So, anything is moving south in the National Park Service,” Mow said.

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Flathead Valley Community College
3:25 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Mono, strep, pregnancy among the tests available to students at new clinic

Testing for mono and strep as well as pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases is a service available in-house to students at the new Flathead Valley Community College Student Health Clinic.
Credit Katrin Frye

The Flathead Valley Community College becomes the first stand-alone 2-year college in the state to offer a health clinic for students. The FVCC Student Health Clinic opened in the new Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Sciences with the beginning of the fall semester.

Physicians Assistant Shelley Naomi said she can treat patients for a range of ailments from preventative care like well-woman annual exams to flu shots, treating the common cold, and sexually transmitted disease testing.

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Glacier National Park
10:42 am
Wed September 4, 2013

93 year old ranger celebrates 22 years at Glacier Park

Park Ranger Lyle Ruterbories on one of the final days of his 22nd season as a Glacier National Park Ranger.
Credit Katrin Frye

Glacier as a National Park was only 10-years-old when Lyle Ruterbories was born. When the first cars drove over the completed Going-to-the-Sun-Highway Ruterbories was 13.

In his 70’s he became a ranger, and his wife Marge a campground host at the remote Kintla Lake campground.

Now, at the age of 93-and-a-half he’s still the camp ranger.

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Trumpeter Swans
4:48 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Tribes ask for "citizen scientists" to search for cygnets

Trumpeter Swans and Cygnets.
Credit CSKT Wildlife Program

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are calling their Trumpeter Swan reintroduction program a success. The Tribes have been releasing swans bred in captivity since 2002 on the Flathead Reservation in the Mission Valley.

Wildlife Program Manager for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Dale Becker says the swans were historically hunted for food and for marketable goods.

The population was wiped out. The Tribes have released 239 swans since 2002. They count 87 successful nesting attempts with 146 fledgling cygnets since the releases started.

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Libby
2:42 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Where Community Health Centers fit in healthcare reform

Community Health Centers are a health care option for those without insurance. Many of these Centers are taking a lead role in signing people up for insurance through the state health exchanges starting in March.     In Libby, the Northwest Community Health Center has expanded in the past few years, with plans to continue to grow to meet the ongoing demand. Executive Director Maria Clemons said they served nearly 2000 patients in 2003. By 2012 that number jumped to more than 6,000.

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Libby Asbestos Healthcare
3:45 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

How health care reform is changing Libby asbestos victims benefits

The CARD Clinic of Libby is a non-profit organization providig asbestos screening and healthcare to people exposed to asbestos.
Credit Katrin Frye

Right now people living with Asbestos related diseases contracted from the W-R Grace mine in Libby and living in Flathead or Lincoln Counties receive additional Medicare benefits. These benefits include compensation for medical-related travel expenses and medicine not traditionally covered through Medicare.

But, if they now live outside of Lincoln or Flathead Counties, those benefits are not available.

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Glacier National Park
3:24 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

New business to take charge of hotels and restaurants in Glacier Park

Hotels in Glacier Park are owned by the Park Service, but operated by private business. Glacier Park Inc. has been operating these for more than 30 years. In January 2014 Xanterra is taking over.
Credit Katrin Frye

A new company is taking over management of Glacier Park’s historic hotels and restaurants. The National Park Service owns the buildings, but for the past 30-plus years Glacier Park Incorporated has been running the businesses. Glacier Park recently announced the Colorado-based Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Inc will replace Glacier Park Incorporated as the Concessioner operating these businesses with the new year.

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Flathead Land Trust
11:16 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Saving room for open space in the Flathead

The current landowner of this 189 acre property on the north shore of Flathead Lake is looking to sell to FWP. If approved, this would add to a neighborhood of conservation lands along the north shore.
Credit Katrin Frye

A Land Trust effort in the Flathead aims to maintain farmland, open space, wildlife habitat, and water quality.    The Flathead Land Trust has been working with the current owner of a 189-acre property along the north shore of Flathead Lake. Land Protection Specialist Laura Katzman with the Flathead Land Trust said the property was originally homesteaded in the 1800’s. The old barn is still there, but the home has since come down.

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Banned, Challenged, Censored
1:54 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

What Maya Angelou, JD Salinger, and the Apostles have in common

Bozeman artist George Cole is one of three involved in the creation of the "Banned, Challenged, Censored" sculpture traveling to Montana libraries this year.
Credit Katrin Frye

Maya Angelou, JD Salinger, and the Apostles all have something in common. The writers of “I Know why the Caged Bird Sings,” “The Catcher in the Rye,” and the Holy Bible have all had their books challenged or banned. Bozeman artists George Cole, Sara Williams and Collin Letts collaborated on the sculpture called “Banned, Challenged, Censored,” the piece features numerous books displayed on individual shelves against a backdrop of pages from other banned books and magazines. There are current books and old classics.

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Working Dogs for Conservation
1:25 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Weed-sniffing dogs take their noses around the world for conservation efforts

Lily plays with her toy after finding the invasive weed Dyer's Woad. She's one of 8 Working Dogs for Conservation, a Missoula based non profit organization.
Credit Katrin Frye

Weed-sniffing dogs are being used as part of the state’s fight on noxious, invasive plants. Dogs and their trainers from the Missoula-based “Working Dogs for Conservation” are being drafted for various conservation-related services across the country, and the world.               

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