An Instant Feeling of Warmth & Relaxation

My husband and I purchased the log home in Libby in the fall of 2006, and took possession on January 1, 2007.  From the first time we walked into the home there was a feeling we could not describe.  The homes interior, exterior and amazing array of wildlife spoke to both of us.  This was not just a house, but a home in which there was an instant feeling of warmth and relaxation. 

My entire family came from Canada and helped with the move, and stayed with us the entire week.  From that day forward the home has been used as residence/retreat, for my husband and I, our immediate family, our extended family and of course our friends.  We have had as few as just the two of us, or as many as 15 people stay, play, and bond.  Our home, has been the center for many functions, such as residence, get togethers for skiing, hiking, biking, fishing, quilting retreats, skidoo retreats, motorbike retreats, festivals, and the list goes on and on. 

 

54 Shalom Kerry Rd, Whitefish, MT | Offered at $645,000

The home was renovated and designed in such a way that it allows all this to be possible.  From the incredible kitchen which allows many hands to help in the creation of amazing meals, to the multiple bedrooms/bathrooms to accommodate all our family and friends, we have created an environment where gathering is made effortless and enjoyable.

 

We have had the most amazing memories that could never be recreated , but will be cherished and remembered for a lifetime.

Read more about this property offered exclusively by Kristin Zuckerman, 406.291.0778, kzuckerman@glaciersir.com

Impacting Young Lives (Daily Interlake)

Bell and Medhus’ new undertaking — Marlyn’s Center for Children & Families — is the embodiment of everything they learned about early childhood education when they took classes from Marlyn James at Flathead Valley Community College. From the layout of the preschool and infant rooms to the teaching concepts that guide their way, James’ influence and inspiration lives on at the new center.

She designed and wrote the curriculum to start FVCC’s early childhood education program and helped facilitate the idea of an early childhood center on campus. When James died unexpectedly in June 2016 from complications following brain surgery, she was eulogized as an incredible mentor who pulled the very best out of her students.

Bell and Medhus studied under James at different times, and both earned associate degrees from FVCC. They took different paths until they found themselves working together at The Nurturing Center last year.

“Marlyn planted the seed in my head I should open a facility,” Bell said.

A former cosmetologist, Bell, 28, decided to change careers after the death of a close friend. As she began contemplating what she might study, her dozen nieces and nephews influenced her decision to become a kindergarten teacher. She got a job at Woodland Montessori, then enrolled at FVCC, and through a serendipitous class mix-up got routed to James’ class.

“I ended up talking to Marlyn and she said ‘let’s have a conversation,’” Bell recalled. “She suggested I take her classes, and from that initial conversation she started inspiring me.

“She made me change my perspective, to realize how important the early years are.”

Bell worked at the Montessori school and Joyful Noise in Columbia Falls during her time at FVCC, giving her hands-on experience in care-giving.

Medhus, 28, started working at Trinity Lutheran School’s after-school program when he was just 17. After earning his degree from FVCC he went on to get his early childhood education degree from the University of Montana-Western.

“Marlyn’s influence in my life was huge,” he said. “She definitely motivated me. It transformed me into a different teacher.”

He worked with James as an adjunct instructor at FVCC for four semesters.

During their time as professional development specialists at The Nurturing Center in Kalispell, Bell and Medhus realized their early childhood education philosophies were similar; and both saw the need for quality care in the Flathead Valley.

As the two business partners tossed out ideas for a new center, they recalled conversations they’d had with their mentor. They reviewed old notes jotted down in her classes. Then they got in touch with James’ husband, Chuck James. “We wanted his blessing,” Bell added.

Chuck immediately was on board with the project. He built a sandbox, made cubbies for the children and donated toys and books.

“I think it’s really cool that she’s continuing to impact young people’s lives in a positive manner,” Chuck said. “They’re carrying on her legacy.”

Read full Daily Interlake story : CHILD-CARE CENTER SHAPED BY LATE FVCC INSTRUCTOR

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A Unique Gem In The Heart of The Bitterroot

A home always tells a story, and this one speaks of authenticity and transcendence with Cocobolo wood and imported stone throughout. Rooms of opulence invoke a serene feeling with a massive 37×27 grand entry with stunning archways and magnificent windows providing views of the Bitterroot Mountains from every room. 

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859 Hamilton Heights Road, Corvallis, MT

This 9,000 SF home sitting on 11+ private acres features beautiful landscaping and a stocked pond. The property is fenced with a large barn and tack room, so bring your horses! 

6 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, copper roof , marble floors, custom cabinets & a kitchen you will love to cook for family and friends in. The spacious circular style, eat-in kitchen with stainless, top of the line appliances and windows featuring 180 degree views is perfect for entertaining. 

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Master

The impressive master suite features marble floors, floor to ceiling marble fireplace, vaulted ceilings and spacious bath with jetted soaking tub and walk in shower. Unique characteristics are found throughout this property including custom ironwork on the doors, multiple stone fireplaces and a 3rd floor cat walk overlooking the main floor living space. This property flows nicely to the outdoor living space through multiple patios and the lower level walk out.

Fireplace

Incredible hot tub 

Energy efficient, this home features a ground source heating system and multiple zone heating and cooling. There is plenty of room for guests on the 3 finished levels of living space or in the detached guest suite located on the property.

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Night shot

Corvallis, Montana is the heart of the Bitterroot Valley and is only 45 miles from Missoula, it is also home to the Teller Wildlife Refuge.

For more stunning images of this incredible estate click here, contact Dawn Maddux 406.550.4131 of Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty for more information and be sure to click the video below for the full preview of this extraordinary property.

Beau’s Final Bull (Flathead Beacon)

The standing ovation, rippling throughout the packed grandstands at Flathead County Fairgrounds, was loud and proud.

Battling bruised ribs and an injured lung and hobbled by a ruptured wrist tendon that’s undergone multiple surgeries but just won’t fully heal, Beau Hill climbed atop a professional-grade, snot-snorting bull one last time in Kalispell.

He didn’t last eight seconds. He lasted 20 years.

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(PHOTO CREDIT GREG LINDSTROM | FLATHEAD BEACON)

The affable family man from Columbia Falls, who rose to fame as a talented teenager and defied the odds by carving out a spectacular career as one of the best professional bull riders in the world, is finally hanging up the spurs.

Hill, 38, competed on the final night of the PRCA Rodeo at the Northwest Montana Fair on Aug. 19 and received a well-deserved tribute from the crowd, which included family and friends who witnessed his last professional ride in Kalispell.

“I just decided that would be as good a place as any, a hometown rodeo. It was a good spot to do it and it was pretty awesome to do it in front of family and friends,” Hill said.

The following week he traveled to Australia and rode another bull before returning home to his wife, Keri, and their three kids: LaKia, Jace and Jory.

“I’m pretty much going to call it quits,” he said last week after being back with his family.

“I’m not saying I won’t ever get on another bull, but I’m done as a professional. I’m never going to make another run at anything.”

It’s been quite the ride in one of the roughest, most dangerous sports.

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