Bright Side? What Genius Thought This Was Good News?

Bright Side? What Genius Thought This Was Good News?

SATIREBright Side? What Genius Thought This Was Good News? Even on the bluest bluebird day, there’s always a troll looking for a stormcloud. Some people just aren’t happy unless they’re unhappy. Illustrated by Ben OblasBen...

Class Acts

Class Acts

Class Acts:The Teacher Feature.Let’s take a moment and reflect on how lucky we are to have all our schools filled with outstanding, dedicated educators.  FEATUREBY KATIE CANTRELLAs Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Nothing is certain...

Helping Hands

Helping Hands

helping handsLand to Hand’s Gretchen Boyer works tirelessly to make healthy food available to everyone.FEATUREBY COLLEEN O'BRIENAfew days before spring break, veils of virga rim the valley. Intermittently, clouds open and ice pellets pour...

Does Art Matter

Does Art Matter

does artmatter? What is art?Just kidding, we’re not going to start there. That’s a never-ending art school debate. The question for our valley is perhaps not what is art, but is art important? And why? Let’s discuss.  FEATUREMAGGIE...

Editor’s Note: Stories Have Power

Editor’s Note: Stories Have Power

Editor's NoteStories Have PowerKatie Cantrell is our one- woman powerhouse of an editor. Without her, this magazine couldn’t happen.KATIE CANTRELL W“hen I was a kid and I’d start complaining — probably about how my life was so unfair...

Editor’s Note: Living Here Will Make You Crazy

Editor’s Note: Living Here Will Make You Crazy

Editor's NoteLiving Here Will Make You Crazy KATIE CANTRELL I“don’t think this is an unfamiliar pattern for many of us who have moved to the valley somewhere along our way: the outdoor adventures we used to think were for extreme crazy...

Restoring Flathead lake

Restoring Flathead lake

Restoring Flathead LakeThe Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ efforts to allow native fish populations to rebound in Flathead Lake. HeadwatersPhotos by Aaron Augosto | Introduction by Katie CantrellIntroduction by Katie Cantrell...

Local Art Looks Like this

Local Art Looks Like this

LOCAL ART LOOKS LIKE THIS.ACCK SHOWCASE The natural splendor that surrounds us here in Northwest Montana has inspired artists for generations. While that inspiration can take many forms, here are five local artists whose work pushes the...

Love Letter

Love Letter

Love LetterFinding the Bright Side isn't always easy...but we think it’s worth it. We get it, the last couple of years have been a whirlwind of the unexpected, and it can feel really good to pick out a scapegoat. But we all get to choose...

Love Letter from the Editor

Love Letter from the Editor

Love Letter"Don’t you just love this magazine? I know I do." -Katie Cantrell, editorBY KATIE CANTRELLAs the editor, I might have the privilege of shepherding the words along, but make no mistake: the fine folks of Highline Design are the...

River Wild?

River Wild?

RIVER WILD? The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act has protected the North, Middle, and South Forks for almost half a century. As our population grows and more people look to these rivers for fun, questions arise about how best to preserve their...

Everything is not fine (and that’s okay)

Everything is not fine (and that’s okay)

HeadwatersEverything is not fine (and that’s OK) Photo by Mandy MohlerBY STEPHANIE MALTARICH I n the year 2000 Sara Boilen opened up a map of the U.S., closed her eyes, and waved her finger in the air before plopping it down. She opened...

Soul Sprinkles

Soul Sprinkles

Field NotesSoul sprinkles Sometimes the writing on the wall finds its way into your heart.Illustration by Morgan Krieg  By Jessie Mazur O n the inside of the slimy walls of the horse-trough soaking tubs at Wild Horse Hot Springs,...

Let the Sun Shine

Let the Sun Shine

Field NotesLet the Sun Shine Two lifelong friends are harnessing solar power and can-do attitudes to make a life in their hometown. Illustration by Morgan Krieg  By Thomas Clark W hen Curran Edland and I graduated from Whitefish High...

The Little Things

The Little Things

Field NotesThe Little things Joy can be contagious if we just give it the chance. Illustration by Morgan Krieg  By Ashley Peters I shopped at Costco a few days before Easter. And I know that’s not earth-shattering news. (Nor was it...

Drawing On Hope

Drawing On Hope

SPARKDrawing on Hope Local author and artist Jonathan Fetter-Vorm shares the joys of his job.Where it all begins – Jonathan’s notebooks show how the author plans his next project.ANDREW KROP "E isner Award-nominated author and artist...

Where We Choose to Look

Where We Choose to Look

Headwaters"where we choose to look" Illustration by Morgan Krieg  BY JONATHAN FETTER-VORM B efore she would start a painting, my mother used to take two corners of matte board, two white L-shapes, and hold them up to the landscape,...

“Either You Guys Have Vision or You’re Completely Nuts”

“Either You Guys Have Vision or You’re Completely Nuts”

Love Letter"YOU GUYS EITHER HAVE VISIONOR YOU’RE COMPLETELY NUTS" – Pete Costain, our unfortunate cover model for Go Local Summer 2021Probably a little bit of both. The folks at Highline Design Co. reluctantly stepped into the publication...

We Are Still Here

We Are Still Here

WE ARE STILL HERE The Flathead Valley has seen many transformations. This is the story of the biggest one.FEATURELarry Baer "G randpa! Grandpa! Come see our time machine!” My 10-year-old granddaughter Raven ran into the house, followed by...