Scott Bull’s Whitefish Custom Homes March 2020

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State economy saw growth last year

BY DANIEL MCKAY //  WHITEFISH PILOT //  February 18, 2020

The state economy bounced back from stagnation last year with help from western counties and increased construction activity, among other factors, according to economists from the University of Montana visiting last week for the 2019 Economic Outlook Seminar.

State revenues in 2017 were weak due to a stagnant economy in 2016, said Patrick Barkey of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), but 2018 revenues were stronger thanks in part to a surge in construction across the state but particularly in Flathead, Gallatin, and Missoula counties.

The three counties accounted for 75 percent of statewide construction earnings in 2017, with commercial and multifamily projects especially strong. Access to affordable housing remains an issue, as housing-price growth once again outpaced income growth.

Barkey said partial data indicates that 2018 saw continued growth, and that state revenue is off to a good start in 2019. However, this growth has largely missed the agricultural sector, which has faced low prices, drought, fire, and now the prospect of tariff-related disruptions in access to the market. The recently passed federal Farm Bill should help the agriculture industry, he said.

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Revised plan for snow lot likely makes affordable housing project viable

BY HEIDI DESCH// WHITEFISH PILOT // FEB 19, 2020

Constructing roughly 24 homes on the city’s snow lot to provide affordable workforce housing would likely make the project financially feasible, according to an updated analysis of the proposed project.

The City of Whitefish has for many years targeted its snow lot, at the corner of Railway Street and Columbia Avenue, as a potential site for an affordable housing project.

A first analysis of the project designed with both single family homes and rental apartments completed in December, however, showed that the project would have a large funding gap to make up in order to make the project feasible. The city’s Whitefish Strategic Housing Plan Steering Committee deemed that option financially unfeasible and asked Homeword, a Missoula-based nonprofit taped to help design the project, to return with another option.

Read more in the Whitefish Pilot.

Flathead Job FairOutlook 2020: Another Year of Job Growth

A low unemployment rate in the expanding Flathead Valley keeps industries short-handed

BY MAGGIE DRESSER // FLATHEAD BEACON // JAN 2, 2020

As the economy booms in the Flathead Valley, along with the rest of the nation, Montana continues to struggle filling job openings as 2020 arrives.

Job vacancies remain open in the valley while unemployment continues its low trend, contributing to the workforce shortage. Montana’s unemployment rate has hovered between 3 and 4 percent over the last year, with 3.4 percent in November 2019 and 3.7 percent in November 2018. Montana’s unemployment rate is slightly lower than the national average of 3.5 percent.

But a low unemployment rate means employers can’t find workers.

Read more in the Flathead Beacon.

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Fantastic 4 bed, 2 bath Columbia Falls

194 Dawn Drive, Columbia Falls, Flathead, Montana, United States 59912

4Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
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2,518Sqft
First time on the market. Fantastic 4 bed, 2 bath house on almost an acre in Columbia Falls. This home has open floor plan with two living areas, 2 bedrooms and one bath on the main floor. Down stairs it has two bedrooms, office and bathroom. Downstairs there is also a pantry, storage room and laundry area. Off the kitchen you will find a 375 sq/ft bonus room.
$325,000

Spacious home on 10 acres

150 River Butte Drive, Columbia Falls, Flathead, Montana, United States 59912

4Bedroom(s)
4Bathroom(s)
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5,200Sqft
One of a kind spacious 5,200+ sq/ft home on 10 acres of fenced horse property located on a private paved road in the exclusive River Butte Ranchettes subdivision, with private access to the Flathead River. Oversize rooms throughout, include completely remodeled kitchen with Wolf stove, Silestone quartz counter tops, and brand new high-end Samsung built-in microwave.
$779,000

Beautiful 3 bed/2 bath on five acres

132 Lone Fox Trail, Kalispell, Flathead, Montana, United States 59901

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
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2,066Sqft
Beautiful home sitting on 5 acres with wide open views in every direction. This is a very clean 3 bed 2 bath home with an amazing yard with a seasonal creek out back. The kitchen has been totally renovated with new cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, double oven and induction cooktop.
$469,000

Lovely 3 bed, 2 bath in CFalls

1827 Rapids Avenue, Columbia Falls, Flathead, Montana, United States 59912

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
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1,398Sqft
Lovely 3 bed, 2 bath, 1 level home in Columbia Falls. This property has hardwood floors, really nice kitchen, 2 car attached garage and a large lot. Mountain views and Flathead River access.
$325,000

Home in gorgeous country setting

4005 Foothill Road, Kalispell, Flathead, Montana, United States 59901

1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
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1,120Sqft
One of a kind opportunity to live and work in a breathtaking setting just minutes to Kalispell. Successful wedding venue property with multiple outbuildings including large shop, bride and groom cabins, pavilion built in 2017 with bar. One-bedroom home boasts blue pine finishes with gorgeous built-ins, radiant heat, covered porch and endless mountain views.
$749,000

Spacious 3 bed, 2 bath in Kalispell

14 Ford Way, Kalispell, Flathead, Montana, United States 59901

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
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1,840Sqft
Spacious 3 bedroom 2 bath home located Empire Estates. Upstairs open kitchen and living area with lots of light. 2 bed rooms and newly remodeled bathroom.Lower level has a large daylight basement with additional living area, master bedroom and another newly remodeled bathroom with new flooring throughout. Great deck off the kitchen leading to fully fenced back yard. Large finished 2 car garage.
$285,000

Build your new home at Double Arrow Ranch

336 Drew Creek Loop, Seeley Lake, Flathead, Montana, United States 59868

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Listen to the wind rustle through the trees as you enjoy a view of the mountains from the new home you build on this generous lot at Double Arrow Ranch in the thriving & vibrant community of Seeley Lake, Montana. Enjoy all of the year around outdoor activities that the area has to offer, including proximity to Seeley Lake.
$59,900

Views of Meadow Lake Resort

1287 Oakmont Trail, Columbia Falls, Flathead, Montana, United States 59912

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Capturing the highest points at Meadow Lake Resort, Mountain Watch offers spectacular views plus the emerald green of Meadow Lake's golf course. Mountain Watch provides you with both serenity and natural beauty of Montana plus resort style living at its finest. This semi level lot features .27 acres with peek a boo views of the 4th fairway and Badrock Canyon.
$73,000

Mountain Watch building lot

359 Gleneagles Trail, Columbia Falls, Flathead, Montana, United States 59912

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Capturing the highest points at Meadow Lake Resort, Mountain Watch offers spectacular views plus the emerald green of Meadow Lake's golf course. Mountain Watch provides you with both serenity and natural beauty of Montana plus resort style living at its finest. This lot has amazing views of the third fairway of Meadow Lake Golf Course and an amazing back drop of BadRock Canyon and Swan Range.
$139,000
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Nate Chute Foundation

Nate Chute FUNdraiser March 14-15, 2020

Now in its 7th year, this fundraising campaign provides direct support for the Nate Chute Foundation, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to suicide prevention efforts in the Flathead Valley and beyond.

On March 14th and 15th, 2020, Whitefish Mountain Resort will host the 21st Annual Nate Chute, the second-longest running snowboard banked slalom in the US, and the third-longest in North America.

This “Contest for a Cause” partners with the Nate Chute Foundation to emphasize the importance of suicide prevention education, awareness, and outreach in our community.

Together, WMR, NCF, and YOU can help fight this epidemic.

Riders and supporter are encouraged to JOIN THE TEAM and raise money to support NCF’s mission and programs.

Click here for details.

The Baker Avenue pedestrian underpass project

Whitefish appears to be keying in on an option for what the Baker Avenue pedestrian underpass might look like.

WGM Group last week presented City Council during its work session with preliminary cost estimates for a few choices related to the underpass that is planned to span under Baker near the O’Shaughnessy Center west connecting to the city’s path off of Railway Street to Depot Park.

Council seemed to favor an option that is estimated to cost about $1.63 million to construct the underpass. Under that option, a concrete structure would be used for then underpass with vertical interior walls 20 feet wide by 10 feet in height.

Read more in the Whitefish Pilot.