WINTER 2020

Cover: Montana Modern Fine Art W/Marshall Noice

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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 her younger twin sisters,...

An Artist in Three Acts

An Artist in Three Acts

FEATUREAN ARTIST IN THREE ACTS Marshall Noice’s career has transitioned from music to photography to painting, but his love of art and of Kalispell are unchanging. KATIE CANTRELLAct One "L ike a lot of kids my age, my world suddenly and instantly changed when I saw...

Growth in the Time of Corona

Growth in the Time of Corona

Business Bonanza!Growth in the Time of Corona In spite of/because of a global pandemic that has shaken the world, our valley is growing. But what does this mean for our scrappy local business owners? ANNA RICHARDELC STAFFING STATISTICS: 38% Increase in out-of-state...

Your Dream Home Awaits!

Your Dream Home Awaits!

SATIRE YOUR DREAM HOME AWAITS! Whether you just showed up or have been staring into the dizzying depths of real estate in the Flathead long enough for your eyeballs to permanently pick up a perceptible spin, this was a summer to behold. Yet our two Flathead real...

The Agony of Feet

The Agony of Feet

Field NotesThe Agony of The Feet (And Everything Else About Skiing that Makes My Kids Cry) Squats will not help you prepare for a ski season with kids. KATIE CANTRELL T he angst of ski season really begins in October, when I have to convince my kids to try on last...

This Is How We Grow Smart

This Is How We Grow Smart

HeadwatersThis is how we grow smart We can’t wish the growth away. But we do have the opportunity to shape it into something positive. RYAN HUNTER W e live in a wonderful place. Outdoor adventures abound within a short distance from our front doors, and we have...

Let’s Talk About Boobs

Let’s Talk About Boobs

SPARKLET'S TALK ABOUT BOOBS Grammy-nominated musician Erica von Kleist bares all. ANDREW KROP "M ultitalented jazz musician Erica von Kleist’s projects include the one-woman show BOOBS, which debuted last year in Whitefish, and her upcoming “zoomical.” She’s also a...

Reimagining Montana Living

Reimagining Montana Living

Business HighlightReimagining Montana Living Workaday Design reimagines the hallmarks of Montana homes — stunning natural materials, expansive-feeling interiors, a focus on natural surroundings — while incorporating local craft and a modern aesthetic.[metaslider...

Summer Lovin But Not for Long

Summer Lovin But Not for Long

HeadwatersSummer Lovin, But Not for Long New neighbors, brace yourself: It’s not all sunshine and beargrass. PHIL GROVE T o the Flathead Valley transplant class of 2020: Welcome! You have to be the biggest in a generation. Regardless of what some of us jaded locals...

Escape From L.A.

Escape From L.A.

HeadwatersESCAPE FROM L.A. One of the Valley’s new faces traces the path that led him here. ANDREW KROP "T he mountains are calling and I must go.” Though John Muir was writing about Yosemite, the Flathead Valley exerts that same inexplicable gravitational pull. This...

Publisher’s Note – Winter 2020/2021

Publisher’s Note – Winter 2020/2021

Publisher's NoteTalking about transformation in the Flathead Valley ELMA GIAVASIS Our valley is growing. This probably shouldn’t surprise us as much as it does. We live in one of the most beautiful corners of the country with wild open spaces, charming downtowns, and...

Quarantine Me Forever

Quarantine Me Forever

Field NotesQuarantine Me Forever Mountain diehard Phil Grove reflects on a ski season that went on long after the lifts shut down.  PHIL GROVE S kiing in Whitefish isn’t exactly known for its early season conditions. Sure, great days can happen, but most of the...

Taking the Long View

Taking the Long View

CruxTaking the Long View A talk with someone who’s been here a while and seen a thing or two. DAVID STEELE Change feels radical when you haven’t seen much of it, so listen to Bill Anderson for some perspective. A teacher and Columbia Falls school administrator for 25...