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Glacier National Park Chalet Reopens for Business
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS // JAN 13, 2020 FLATHEAD BEACON
A chalet in Glacier National Park is ready to begin taking reservations for the first time since a wildfire gutted the structure, officials said
The Sperry Chalet is expected to begin taking reservations online Monday at 8 a.m., KECI-TV reports.
The chalet dormitory fell prey to a wildfire in August 2017 and required a reconstruction of the facility, National Park Service officials said.
The park service authorized at least $12 million to rebuild the chalet, which is located at the end of a 6.7-mile (11-kilometer) hike in the park.
The chalet will be available for stays from July 18 to Sept. 13.
Sperry Chalet is a national historic landmark hotel, reachable only by trail.
Make your reservations by going on-line to:
Using the website and the on-line form is the best, fastest, easiest way to request a chalet reservation. Reservations are not available by phone.
Attached Garages Sell Homes
It’s winter, and many in the Flathead have their vehicles (or stuff) snuggly inside a weather-tight garage. Do the greatest quantity of single-family residence homes (sold for $150,000 to $600,000) sell with garages (and if so, attached or detached)? Across the county, and within all major cities within it, more homes sell with attached (AT) garages than those with detached (DE) garages or without a garage (NN means none). What have been the trends, these past 5 years?
The bars represent annual quantities sold by type; the lines of same color depict the median days they were on the market before going under final contract. For the county and Kalispell, homes with attached garages sell in triple the quantity of those with detached (other cities it’s about double). Which sell faster? Read between the lines in the animated GIF below.
© Copyright 2019 by Richard Garrett Dews. All rights reserved. Research based, in part, upon information from the Montana Regional MLS, LLC.
Flathead Snowpack Above Normal
BY MYERS REECE // JAN 8, 2020 FLATHEAD BEACON
A dry spell in November and December decreased some of the autumn snowfall gains from September and October, but the early-season storms were still enough to provide a decent year-end snowpack in most mountains across Montana, even as many valley bottoms remained brown.
Early January snowfall is further boosting that base to above average in certain areas, with the Flathead River Basin’s snow-water equivalent registering 114 percent of normal as of Jan. 8 and most other basins in Central and Western Montana near or above normal as well, although a few are lagging considerably, especially the Lower Clark Fork and Madison, which sit at 86 and 85 percent of normal, respectively.
Snow-water equivalent, rather than snow depth, is the measurement used to gauge the amount of liquid water contained within snowpack, meaning the amount of water that will be released when the snowpack melts, which can play a key role in agriculture, hydropower production, water storage, aquatic ecosystem health and recreation such as boating and fishing, as well as flood and drought forecasting.