The Sky’s the Limit Episode One: Open Road

Travel along with two sisters, Gale and Laura Straub, as they experience the endless possibilities waiting for them in Montana and be inspired to discover Montana for yourself. This is the first video in the series of four.
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Flathead Valley economic outlook positive for 2016

By SEABORN LARSON/Daily Inter Lake According to economists and real estate experts, Montana and the Flathead Valley might be in for another positive year. Joe Mahon, an economist and analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, on Wednesday headlined the 14th annual Flathead Valley Economic Forecast in Kalispell where several economic experts looked at what’s expected in 2016. Mahon opened by asking who in the room was optimistic about the economic outlook for this year and nearly everyone raised their hands. That response was similar to surveys completed by the Federal Reserve in recent months, where most business owners
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Park Officials Preparing for Another Bustling Year in Glacier

By DILLON TABISH, MAR 3, 2016, Flathead Beacon In Glacier National Park, where crowds arrive like a flash flood once Going-to-the-Sun Road fully opens, heavy traffic was once again a noticeable sight in the main corridor. Some vehicles were even waiting at spots along the Sun Road for hours at a time on many days to gain parking at Logan Pass Visitor Center, which regularly fills up before noon during summer. As park officials are starting to realize, this could be the new norm in America’s most popular outdoor attractions like Glacier, which set an annual record for the second
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Haskill Basin Conservation Easement Finalized

Deal to preserve open land near Whitefish completed after years of work BY TRISTAN SCOTT // FEB 17, 2016 For years, conservation groups and city officials have recognized the development pressure that could bear down on Haskill Basin, a block of land east of Whitefish owned by F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Co. And for years, those concerns were quelled by a good-faith agreement with the Stoltze family, who for more than a century has maintained its commitment to managing the Haskill parcel as a working forest, rather than leveraging it into a revenue-rich development deal. On Wednesday, that handshake
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National Park Service Centennial

The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial in 2016 and is encouraging everyone to visit your park and join the celebration. We hope you can experience Glacier National Park this summer. The beautiful mountain landscapes and abundant wildlife make it a truly unique National Park. Come and experience the National Park Service centennial by visiting Glacier’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker’s paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, transportation, and stories of Native Americans. Explore
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Home Sales in Whitefish City Limits: Kelley’s Market Trends

The median home price increased by 17.3 percent in 2014 and by another 11.3 percent in 2015 BY JIM KELLEY // FEB 3, 2016 The home sales in Whitefish City limits represented 8.3 percent of the overall Flathead residential market with 139 home sales. This is a 23.6 percent drop in the number of sales from 2014, following an 8.1 percent drop from 2013. One of the likely reasons for two straight years of decreasing numbers is that the median home price increased by 17.3 percent in 2014 and by another 11.3 percent in 2015 to $320,000, which is nearly equal
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Real Estate Mortgage Tax Tips from the IRS

Question: I have a mortgage for land that I intend to build a home on. Can I deduct the interest for the mortgage? Answer: You cannot deduct interest on land that you intend to build a home on, but some interest may be deductible when construction begins. You can treat a home under construction as a qualified home for a period of up to 24 months, but only if it becomes your qualified home at the time it is ready for occupancy. The 24-month period can start any time on or after the day construction begins. As a qualified home,
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