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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Montana Coal
4:03 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

To export coal, or not to export coal

Coal development generates money in Montana. Executive Director of the Montana Coal Council Bud Clinch said an average train carrying coal has about 120 cars, and represents about $30,000 of local, state, and federal taxes being paid.

He said Coal is worth continuing to invest in, it’s what Montana has, and the demand for it is not going away.

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Flathead Cherries
3:35 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Fresh pack, helicopters, and the "last best cherry"

Growers started harvesting cherries along the east shore of Flathead Lake this week.
Credit Katrin Frye

From Polson, north to Bigfork cherry stands which have remained shuttered through the year are just opening up as the cherry harvest starts in Montana.

Some of the growers along the east shore of Flathead Lake are hobby growers with a couple of acres of orchard in their yards scaling down toward the lake, or up to the edge of the mountains.

Many pool their resources and their cherries as part of the Flathead Lake Cherry Growers Cooperative.

Earlier this week harvest started on the first Flathead cherries of the season.

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Native Fisheries
2:11 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Warming water posing a threat to native trout

Bull Trout.
Credit Joel Sartore/ National Geographic & Wade Fredenberg/ USFWS / USFWS

Scientists are studying the effects of global climate change from the peaks to the valley floors in Glacier Park.

They’re also looking in the water.

Fisheries Ecologist Clint Muhlfeld with the US Geological Survey said native west slope cutthroat and bull trout are adaptable, they’ve been adapting to environmental changes for thousands of years.’

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Student Assistance Program
2:20 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

A school program with a non-academic focus

The Student Assistance Program doesn’t involve money for school, or extra study time. It focuses on helping students in something other than academics. It’s a network of support groups offered through a school with focuses varying from grief, to substance abuse, anger, and self-esteem, among others. Whitefish School Psychologist Robin Bissell said SAP came to Whitefish four years ago after the high school lost a student to suicide.

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Main Street Montana Project
4:00 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Forming a "blueprint" for economic growth, town by town

Governor Steve Bullock listens in at an economic round table discussion in Kalispell recently as part of the Main Street Montana Project.
Credit Katrin Frye

Affordable airfare, higher education, low wages, and quality of life are among the challenges and opportunities business leaders from across the state identify as hampering or helping economic growth.  These questions of opportunities and challenges are being asked as part of Governor Steve Bullock’s Main Street Montana Project. Governor Bullock said it’s a bottom up economic development plan to create a blueprint for job growth in Montana.

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Summer Food Program
2:59 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Kids eat free in Kalispell all summer long

A kick off event for Kalispell's Summer Food Program featured Zumba excercise and dancing fruit. A goal of the food program is teaching about healthy food.
Credit Katrin Frye / summer food program, kalispell free kids lunch

Making sure kids get fed healthy food is the goal behind “free meal” programs at school.

Making sure they continue getting healthy meals through the summer is the goal behind a federal grant that’s covering the cost of summertime free meal programs in communities across Montana.

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Flathead Lake Trout Suppression
4:51 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Tribes say it's time for a more aggressive lake trout plan in Flathead Lake

Bull Trout.
Credit Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes recently released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement looking at netting, commercial fishing, and bounties to cut deeper into the invasive lake trout population in Flathead Lake.

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Native Games Conference
4:59 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

How reconnecting with traditional games is helping tribes heal

The Stone People game requires a steady hand, good memory, and storytelling. Hoop games involve throwing accuracy and eye-hand skills.
Credit Katrin Frye

The International Traditional Games Society was started when a group of native middle school students in Browning asked a simple question.

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Flathead Lake Biological Station
5:10 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Scientific research, water samples, and a bottle of scotch

The 1967 time capsule was discovered behind the cornerstone of the Elrod Building, built in 1967, during recent renovations.
Katrin Frye

While remodeling the Elrod Building at the Yellow Bay Station workers found a time capsule in the wall behind the cornerstone. The Biological Station was founded in 1899. The Elrod lab was built in 1967 under the tenure of Dr. Richard Solberg as director.

“The first half of the life of the Biological Station focused primarily on teaching; the professors taught, the professors didn’t do research. They did some observations, and wrote a few papers and a book or two and so on, whereas now the primary focus of the station is research,” Solberg said.

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Tour Divide
4:19 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Riding the Continental Divide, Canada to Mexico

Chris Schuler of Switzerland preps for a ride in the rain as he leaves Whitefish as part of the Tour Divide race from Canada to Mexico.
Credit Katrin Frye

Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye catches up with some Tour Divide racers in Whitefish.

Bikers are braving wind, rain, snow, mountain passes and desert plateau's as part of the Tour Divide mountain bike race.

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