Alli Friedman

KCFW Reporter

POSTED: 3:26 PM Jul 01 2014   UPDATED: 2:05 PM Jul 02 2014

Alli Friedman is a reporter for KCFW in Kalispell. She was born and raised in southern California, and is excited to be living in northwest Montana.

Alli earned her BFA in Television and Broadcast Journalism from Chapman University in Orange County, CA. 

While in school, she interned for NBC LA, KTLA-TV, and PBS SoCal. 

When Alli isn't in the newsroom, she loves to travel, work out, watch hockey and hang out with friends and family.

Being new to Montana, Alli is excited to adventure and explore the outdoors. 

If you have any questions, comments, concerns or story ideas please contact Alli by email.

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Swan River access remains closed


alli By Alli Friedman, KCFW Reporter,
POSTED: 2:04 PM Jul 19 2014   UPDATED: 10:50 PM Jul 19 2014

Swan River access remains closed


It's been a month now since Lake County officials closed a popular fishing access on the Swan River.

It's usually the place to be in the summer for tubers, rafters and fishermen. It was temporarily closed because of constant parking violations.

There was nobody in sight at the Swan River access today, only a locked gate.

The Lake County commissioner’s office closed the river access about a month ago to try to come up with a solution to the parking violations.

The roads are narrow and because people were parking on both sides of the road, officials say it became dangerous for through traffic.

Neighbors, in the area, were fed up with the congestion and felt something needed to be done.

"Yeah, there’s no question there’s an issue with parking," Swan River resident, Mike O’Hearn said.

O'Hearn lives on the river and even though he noticed the problem, he is surprised that the access is still closed.

"They've got to make a correction to the way it is now," O’Hearn said.

The commissioners don’t want to keep the area closed permanently because they think the congestion will go elsewhere. That’s why they are working on coming up with a solution.

"What they should do, in my opinion, is expand the parking off the road on busy weekends,” O’Hearn said.

There is talk about buying the adjacent five acres of land to be developed for parking. However, officials say there is little funding to do so.

That's why people are worried the congestion might go elsewhere, like a small path near the bridge over the Swan River. Even there, still no place to park.

O'Hearn thinks that closing the access is unfair and that they should open it sooner rather than later.

"I think with it being July, they should move on as quickly as they can and maybe open it up for this season. There won’t be much traffic after mid September anyways and then deal with it over the winter and if they have to expand the parking do so," said O’Hearn.

But for now, a locked gate and no parking signs are still keeping visitors away.

The Lake County commissioners will meet Monday, July 21, 2014 to discuss the issue further. They say they are open to suggestions on how to solve this problem.  


Dispute over huckleberry patch ends in gunfire


alli By Alli Friedman, KCFW Reporter,
POSTED: 4:59 PM Jul 18 2014   UPDATED: 11:17 PM Jul 18 2014

Dispute over huckleberry patch ends in gunfire


It’s huckleberry season and many are spending their days out picking. But, an argument between two people over an area of land in a huckleberry patch has left people in shock.

Two men were out picking near the North Fork of the Flathead River. One of them claimed the other was picking too close, and picking in his territory. He then fired gunshots in the air, but nobody was hurt.

NBC Montana wanted to find out why pickers are becoming protective over huckleberry patches.

Sheri Mallard is the manager of a local produce store that buys huckleberries from local pickers. She was shocked to hear what happened.

“You have to worry about bears, not people,” Mallard said.

Mallard has been picking and selling huckleberries for 15 years, and has never heard of a fight over a huckleberry patch ending in gunfire.

Until she had heard about the fight from one of the guys who was involved, the one who says he did not fire the gun. He came to her store to sell the huckleberries he picked that day.

"He was still a little upset, he had explained what had happened, that somebody shot at him because he was apparently picking in his area" said Mallard.

Everyone’s been out picking, and they often times like to be secretive as to where they pick.

That’s why when Mallard hears stories of people following other pickers, finding the popular spots to huckleberry pick, people get angry and protective.

That’s exactly what happened in this disagreement.

“The argument apparently started over whose territory was whose. One of the individuals didn't want somebody picking in what he considered to be his area. It was public land, and it escalated from that point,” said Flathead County Sheriff, Chuck Curry.

Nobody was injured, but the Curry tells NBC Montana that this was a situation that could have escalated, leaving someone hurt or even dead.

"This certainly does seem like a fairly minor incident to involve some gun fire, but people are protective over their huckleberry patches they’re protective over a lot of things," Curry said.

They’re protective because everyone is picking to make money. Huckleberries can be bought from pickers for $40 a gallon.

Other huckleberry pickers say that because everyone is out there trying to make extra money, it’s important to maintain picking etiquette. In other words, try to avoid the areas where people are already picking.

This may help people keep an eye out more for bears, than people.

This case will be turned over to the Flathead County Attorney’s office for the possibility of charges.

Glacier Park officials urge visitors to take safety precautions


alli By Alli Friedman, KCFW Reporter,
kevinl By Kevin Lessard, KCFW Reporter,
POSTED: 5:36 PM Jul 17 2014   UPDATED: 11:18 PM Jul 17 2014

Glacier Park officials urge visitors to take safety precautions


There has been safety concerns at Glacier National Park after several accidents happened in a matter of days.

On Saturday, a 33-year-old woman slipped into McDonald Creek and was swept over some waterfalls. Rescuers took her to the hospital but she since then she has died.

Then, on Tuesday a 12-year-old boy fell into the same creed while playing on a log. A passerby jumped in after him, and both survived without injuries.

That same day, Glacier National Park Rangers responded to a raft accident on the North Fork of the Flathead River after a family from California flipped their raft. A boat picked them up and took them to safety.

All of these incidents have happened very early on in the season. That's why NBC Montana wanted to find out why and experience first-hand the dangers that go along with being in the outdoors.

"People come out here on vacation and they're here to have a good time but sometimes they forget to use a little common sense," said Glacier National Park Ranger, Steve Dodd.

That's the answer he gave in response to all the accidents that have happened. He says the two leading causes of death in Glacier National Park are falls and cold water drownings.

Dodd says the reason is because of loose ground and slippery rocks. Glacier National Park is sedimentary rock, causing portions of rock to constantly peal off and fall to the ground, making your footing unstable.

"Edges of the water are very slippery and wet, very hazardous, and you can go into the water within a fraction of a second," Dodd said.

NBC Montana wanted to find out just how dangerous those edges could be. There were spots along the McDonald creek that were evident accident prone areas.

But, it's not just paying attention to where you're walking but what's around you.

Park rangers say that people often find themselves in danger along the hiking trails, not knowing they may encounter a bear, moose, elk, or deer. All animals that can be unpredictable.

For these reasons, officials want to remind everyone to read the safety signs and just be aware, because there won't always be park rangers around to keep everyone safe.

"Remember we have 700 miles of trails to cover in Glacier National Park and not as many rangers as we'd like," Dodd said.

As the summer months move along, more high elevation trails are starting to open up. Trails that bring on different types of safety concerns.

So, officials ask you to match your skill level with what you are doing. This will help prevent an accident.

Woman unexpectedly gives birth on transit bus


alli By Alli Friedman, KCFW Reporter,
POSTED: 5:47 PM Jul 16 2014   UPDATED: 11:02 PM Jul 16 2014

Woman unexpectedly gives birth on transit bus


Every mom has a story about the day her baby was born, but not every mom can say her baby came into the world on a bus.

Thanks to the help of strangers, it’s a story almost everyone involved wanted to share with NBC Montana.

The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes bus driver, Anthony Plant, has been driving buses for 12 years. He will never forget what happened this week.

"I went to pick up my passenger and she’s standing by the door and she said she wasn't feeling good. She had tears in her eyes," Plant said.

But that wasn’t all.

"Then she got on the bus and said ‘my water broke’ and I jumped out of the bus and went to look for help," said Plant.

The woman, Sharon Buckskin, started having contractions early in the morning. That's when she knew she needed to get to the hospital, so she hopped on the bus.

Plant alerted CSKT dispatchers because he didn’t know what to do. That’s when the dispatcher called 9-1-1.

“He was hysterical. So I called and had them dispatch an ambulance up there and not even 10 minutes later [Plant] got on the radio and said they had a baby boy," CSKT dispatcher Leroy Black said.

Bystanders saw the bus and the bus driver looking for help. They immediately grabbed towels from their homes and got on the bus to help with the delivery.

"She’s lucky people were there, and if it was my daughter I would want people to be there for her," Dana Hewankorn said.

NBC Montana met Sharon Buckskin in the hospital, where she was recovering. She says the moment happened so quickly and she never thought it could happen to her.

“I always had fast labors and this is my fourth child and the fastest that it had ever happened," Buckskin said.

But, she can't imagine it happening any other way.

“I’m glad that it happened this way, because it's his story,” said Buckskin.

For Plant, it's a story he will never forget. 

Family reacts to murder-for-hire case dismissal


alli By Alli Friedman, KCFW Reporter,
POSTED: 6:39 PM Jul 15 2014   UPDATED: 11:23 PM Jul 15 2014

Family reacts to murder-for-hire case dismissal


A judge dismissed a case against a man accused of trying to hire someone to kill his ex-wife and a victim's advocate. We spoke with the family of Matthew Heuer's ex-wife, and they say they're outraged.

Prosecutors accused Heuer of offering a truck and some cash to his cell mate if the man would kill Heuer’s ex-wife, Tarsha, and another woman. The case hinged on a recorded conversation between Heuer and the inmate.

It turns out the audio wasn’t clear enough. Prosecutors sent that tape to the FBI to get cleaned up, but even then it was still inaudible.

Prosecutors then asked for a continuance and to dismiss the case without prejudice, meaning they could have re-filed charges. Instead, the charges were dismissed with prejudice.

The charges were dismissed only 40 minutes before a jury trial was set to begin.

Sean Hinchey, Heuer’s attorney, says it was dismissed because the lack of evidence.

"I think, in this case, justice sort of dictated that it had to be dismissed...The only evidence that the state had turned to out to be two unreliable jailhouse informants," Hinchey said.

NBC Montana looked through court documents and tried to get a hold of that audio recording, but heard no response from the prosecutor’s office.

The court documents detailed the case against Heuer. In those documents it says Heuer had asked his cell mate to inject Tarsha Heuer with methamphetamine, so she would overdose.

“It’s literally hell. I’ve never seen my sister the way that she has been lately. I’ve never thought for sure that something would happen, but she's told me over and over that 'he's going to kill me,'” said Tarsha Heuer’s sister, Kimisha Waller.

Tarsha’s sister and other family members can’t believe the case is over. They are all worried.

“I think it's a joke. I don't think we were ever given a chance to prove our side and to tell our story and to get Tarsha the justice she needs," Waller said.

Tarsha did get an order of protection. But family members feel Heuer is still a dangerous man and can be capable of anything.

Flathead fishing access site closes temporarily for repairs


alli By Alli Friedman, KCFW Reporter,
POSTED: 3:38 PM Jul 12 2014
Flathead fishing access site closes temporarily for repairs

Anglers and boaters looking to cool off in the Flathead River will soon have to do without a popular boat access area near Kalispell.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks plans to replace the bumpy gravel boat ramp, at McWenneger Slough Fishing Access, with concrete ramps.

This area is located four miles east of Kalispell, off of Highway 35.

Perch, bass and native pike fill these waters, making it a popular place to fish in the summer and ice fish in the winter.

But starting next week, fishermen will have to hold off on fishing here for a little while.

The FWP plans to put in a brand new concrete boat ramp to replace the bumpy gravel ramp. This will temporarily close the fishing access.

People who go to the area say the gravel tears up the bottoms of their boats. But, because this is already a popular place to fish, people fear the crowds.

 "I suppose for general access it’s a good idea. It’ll make it a whole lot more accessible to a whole lot more people. But with anything, if you make it easier to get there then a lot more will show up. So, I’m sure it will get a little more crowded," said Nick Frucci, McWenneger Slough kayaker.  

Nick Frucci is also worried that since the first couple of changes were made to McWenneger Slough a few years, he's already seen more people come.

Changes like adding a parking area and a bathroom that did not exist a few years ago. This has made the access more of a destination.

NBC Montana spoke to other fishermen who said they aren't worried about the crowds.

They say they fear that with a legitimate boat ramp, it will allow for more motorized boats which will affect their fishing.

Frucci agrees. He says even though it may end up looking nicer, it will make it easier to get in and out of the water, which in turn might not be a good thing.

"I understand that it will make it easier for some folks but there may come a day when my little kayak can’t go out there because there's just too many boats," Frucci said.

The ramp will be closed periodically starting Monday, July 14, 2014 and construction will continue until August 15th.

Phase two of reconstruction project begins in Whitefish


alli By Alli Friedman, KCFW Reporter,
POSTED: 5:03 PM Jul 11 2014   UPDATED: 8:55 PM Jul 11 2014

Phase two of reconstruction project begins in Whitefish


Last year crews worked on a $7.5 million project to improve the road conditions along Highway 93 in Whitefish.

A second phase of this project is set to start up again Monday, July 14, 2014. It will extend an additional mile from last years construction. This past spring phase one of reconstruction was completed, from Baker to Karrow Drive. This coming week, construction will continue from Karrow Avenue west to Mountainside Drive.

New sidewalks, bike paths, water and sewage systems are in the construction plan. In addition, crews will plan to build pedestrian tunnels at the Whitefish Golf Club and add street lighting and landscaping to the area.

Schellinger Construction Company is in charge of this phase of the project. They told NBC Montana this construction is much needed.

"The road has been there a long time. It’s in pretty poor shape.," said Marc Blanden from Schellinger Construction.

Blanden also mentioned that this project will provide a safer route for people to get in and out of town.

Businesses near the construction site are excited for this.

"Well it’s a long needed improvement. It’s very dangerous to ride your bike or to walk along this road up here, so the improved access to state park and the Whitefish trail and the golf course is going to be unmeasurable," said Doug Reed, owner of the Whitefish Lake restaurant at Whitefish Golf Club.

Just down the road, sidewalks and bike paths are already completed from phase one. This made one local gas station see more foot traffic than ever before.

But people know that with construction, comes delays.

"It’s going to be a little bit of a pain, but there's no other way around it and we're going to make the best of it,” Reed said.

For  those who are worried about the traffic delays construction workers say to be patient, stay calm and plan ahead.

The road will be down to one lane traffic and workers say they will do their best to keep the waiting to a minimum.

The project is said to be completed by July 2015, with a winter shutdown from November through April. It is also estimated to cost around $10.2 million.

Northern pike threaten fish in Lake Mary Ronan


alli By Alli Friedman, KCFW Reporter,
POSTED: 5:30 PM Jul 09 2014   UPDATED: 11:09 PM Jul 09 2014

Northern pike threaten fish in Lake Mary Ronan


A predatory fish, northern pike, has shown up in Lake Mary Ronan. The lake is southwest of Kalispell and is stocked with large-mouth bass, Kokanee salmon and rainbow trout. The problem is the non-native northern pike could contaminate the lake and feed on other fish.

NBC Montana met Bret Banker on the lake. He was fishing for Kokanee salmon, and when he found out about the pike he was worried.

"They’re going to eat all the baby salmon so they’re not going to grow up and you won’t be able to catch and game fish or trophy fish," Banker said.

That’s exactly what might happen.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials are looking deeper into how the pike got into the lake, and whether they have reproduced. They investigate illegal fish introductions all the time, but are worried about the pike, because they reproduce fast and they’re aggressive.

“Northern pike eat other fish, so they’re using those resources, they'll reduce the populations of other fish and many of those fish species are popular with anglers," said Mark Deleray from FWP.

Fishermen are angry. Introducing non-native fish is illegal, and once they’re established, experts say it is nearly impossible to get rid of them.

"It’s somewhat of a selfish action, because they’re putting their desire above those of other anglers," Deleray said.

That's why Montana fisheries and angling groups joined together to stop the spread of illegal fish introductions.

They also want fishermen who are not a part of those groups to be aware of what to do if they catch a northern pike in Lake Mary Ronan.

“We read the fishing rules and if we catch one we have to keep it," said local fisherman Tracy Skaife.

"I wouldn't want to catch one, I’d rather catch a salmon," Banker said.

FWP will net fish to see how strong a hold northern pike have on Lake Mary Ronan.

Anyone with information on who introduced the pike into the lake is encouraged to call 1-800-TIP-MONT.

Kalispell addresses parking congestion near Flathead High


alli By Alli Friedman, KCFW Reporter,
POSTED: 7:17 PM Jul 08 2014   UPDATED: 11:57 PM Jul 08 2014

Kalispell addresses parking congestion near Flathead High


As Flathead High School and the surrounding area continue to get more populated, there seems to be congestion and now a problem with street parking.

There's not enough space on school property for students to park their cars, especially during school hours. It has led to students parking on the streets in the surrounding neighborhood.

Residents in the area are unhappy with the limited parking available for their own vehicles. They say there is a great amount of noise disturbance and littering in the neighborhood.

Residents are asking fellow neighbors to support the proposal of a residential parking district. So far, 88 percent of those people have been in favor.

"Society has changed; more kids drive to school and what's happened is, as the school has grown, the population has grown and they haven't been able to keep up with the parking demands on their own property,” said Kalispell City Planner Kevin LeClair.

NBC Montana spoke to people who live near the school and found that people are frustrated and inconvenienced.

"There's been times where I had to park a couple blocks away because I coulnd’t get in the driveway or park on the side street," said resident Mike Bolog.

Residents want the city to create zone permits, only allowing people who live there to park on the streets -- but their solution makes Flathead High students fearful.

“You're going to have a lot more students not knowing where to park and not having a place to park, so that will make it a lot more difficult for people to get to and from school,” Flathead High School sophomore Brendan Tucker said.

It's not a new problem. Residents in the area approached the city about 2 years ago raising concerns, and since then they have created a subcommittee to voice their opinions.

“I think neighbors have seen, in the recent years following the recession, a change in the neighborhood character and attribute some of that to the impact of the parking. So they've seen a lot of houses turn over to rentals. Maybe also a decline in some of the housing stock and people not taking care of their properties,” LeClair said.

The school board has been working on their own with the city and neighbors about students picking up their trash, and encouraging kids to carpool and park in the available spaces on school property.

If passed, the permits could cost anywhere between $10 and $20 annually. There could also be penalties if parked cars do not have those permits displayed during school hours. 

Whitefish Lake barge fire causes thousands of dollars in damage


alli By Alli Friedman, KCFW Reporter,
POSTED: 3:43 PM Jul 05 2014
Whitefish Lake barge fire causes thousands of dollars in damage

For the second year in a row, the fireworks barge in the middle of Whitefish Lake went up in flames during the 4th of July fireworks show.

It was not planned, and has some residents calling for changes to be made.

"We were probably one of the closest boats to the barge, and about 6-7 minutes before the finale all of a sudden the barge started on fire again. It started really small and then about 3 minutes after it was like the whole barge was engulfed in flames,” said Whitefish resident, Lisa Witzke.

Witzke was there when the barge caught fire last year and says she isn't surprised it happened again.

"It is what it is, you know fireworks, it’s all at your own risk," Witzke said.

Big Sky Fireworks is the company that has been doing the fireworks show on Whitefish Lake for the past 4 years.

NBC Montana went down to the scene of the fire today and met Dan Schuler, the pyrotechnician for Big Sky Fireworks. He was one of the people who set up, and set off the 720 fireworks. He says, it is something that just happens.

"When the fireworks go off they have a lift charge that pushes them up into the air and that lift charge has a lot of sparks and when you just can’t get any wind to blow them off the barge, they all just land on the barge," Schuler said.

And it was the accumulation of those sparks that caused the fire. But, because this had already happened last year, Schuler and Big Sky Fireworks said they were more prepared.

"We were worried from last year, we did make some steps to try to fix that. We did bring some fire extinguishers,” Schuler said.

And they had to use them, extinguishing two smaller fires on the barge before the big one broke out.

But residents around Whitefish Lake think something more needs to be done.

"They might want to make modifications, I guess. I hear building it on a metal barge rather than a wooden one might help the problem,” Witzke said.

But that doesn't mean people didn't enjoy the show.

"So the show went up as planned. If you didn't see the barge on fire you wouldn't know there was a problem with the show,” said Schuler.

"We had a great time last night,” said Witzke.

This barge fire cost the fireworks company thousands of dollars and the barge that belonged to the city of Whitefish is completely destroyed.

Thousands line downtown Kalispell streets for 4th of July parade


alli By Alli Friedman, KCFW Reporter,
POSTED: 5:12 PM Jul 04 2014   UPDATED: 5:46 PM Jul 04 2014
Thousands line downtown Kalispell for 4th of July parade

In Flathead County, friends and families lined Main Street in downtown Kalispell for the annual Fourth of July parade. Everyone in attendance was wearing their best red, white and blue apparel.

Color guards, World War II veterans, horse clubs and youth groups walked in the parade.

For the kids, this was a chance to wave, catch candy and enjoy the music. Parents who have been coming to the parade every year told NBC Montana that the event means much more.

“It makes me feel patriotic and it’s just a cool vibe from the whole community, which is nice,” said Jennifer Hawes, a Kalispell resident.

“It makes me very proud to be American. It makes me realize all the different freedoms that we have and the liberties that we are blessed with in our nation,” said Kara Allen, a Kalispell resident.

Following the parade, everyone in attendance was invited to a free ice cream social at the Conrad Mansion.    

Investigation continues into black bear attack near C. Falls


alli By Alli Friedman, KCFW Reporter,
POSTED: 5:09 PM Jul 04 2014

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An investigation continues after a woman was reportedly attacked by a black bear while running with her dogs.

It happened late Thursday morning on U.S. Forest Service property in the Cedar Flats area just north of Columbia Falls.

According to reports, the bear first went after the woman's dogs and then attacked her.

NBC Montana went to Cedar Flats on Friday to see the area where it happened and found nobody in sight.

Residents just up the road told NBC Montana they are used to seeing bears and hearing about attacks, but are somewhat surprised the attack came from a black bear, instead of a grizzly bear.

They say there are usually a couple attacks every year in the Cedar Flats area, and it is something people have to watch out for.

"People get them in their yards and in their fruit trees. I mean bears, they're all over the place around here. It's not as common to see them in town but it does happen fairly regularly,”said Paul Albertoni, a Cedar Flats area resident.

Wildlife officials closed the area in order to capture the bear. There is no word on whether that bear was captured, but the area remains closed for public safety reasons.

The extent of injuries to the woman and her dogs is still unclear.

Lake County officials search for missing woman


alli By Alli Friedman, KCFW Reporter,
POSTED: 2:13 PM Jul 03 2014   UPDATED: 10:12 PM Jul 03 2014

Lake County officials search for missing woman

POLSON, Mont. -

The search continues for a Lake County woman who went missing Monday evening. 40-year-old Shannon Turner was last seen Monday morning leaving her Pablo home. She was headed to work, but did not return home that evening.

“On June 30 we got a phone call for a welfare check on Ms. Turner and we've unsuccessfully been able to locate her or her vehicle. It has now turned into a missing person's case and we are asking for help in locating Ms. Turner and, or her vehicle,” said Detective Kim Leibenguth of the Lake County Sheriff's Department.

Detectives also told NBC Montana that Turner used to work at the Lake County Courthouse in the taxes department. She recently quit her job, but came into work on Monday to pick up her last paycheck. She had left her cell phone at home that morning.

“Did she leave for some reason? Until we can find her and talk to her we don't know,” said Leibenguth.

Detectives also looked through surveillance videos in stores Turner commonly shopped in, but have so far been unsuccessful.

"We have followed up on everything that we have gotten so far, as far as local stores here, but so far we have come up empty handed,” Leibenguth said.

NBC Montana sat down with Turner’s husband, Kevin, who who hasn't stopped looking for his wife. He said that he is just at a loss for words and needs answers. He feels that his whole world has been ripped out from underneath him.

In his 20 years of marriage, he has never been apart from his wife for more than three weeks.

Kevin Turner and others have taken the search to Facebook and made a Facebook page called 'Help find Shannon Turner.' They have been updating the page every day since her disappearance and hope to get others to help them in their search.

Authorities see no sign of foul play, but they are worried about Turner’s welfare. This is now a statewide search and anyone with information about Turner’s whereabouts or her vehicle are urged to call the Lake County Sheriff’s Department at (406)-883-7301

Shannon Turner is 5-foot-4, 116 pounds, with curly brown hair. She was driving a 2006 maroon Chevy Uplander SUV with a roof rack and Montana license plates 15-ARG175

Glacier Park Airport urges travelers to arrive early


alli By Alli Friedman, KCFW Reporter,
POSTED: 5:35 PM Jul 02 2014   UPDATED: 11:00 PM Jul 02 2014

Glacier Park Airport urges travelers to arrive early


Travelers who come in and out of Glacier Park International Airport see how small the airport is and assume 30 minutes is enough time to get bags checked, get through security and board the plane.

Glacier Park Airport staff say it doesn't work like that. They want to remind passengers that, even with smaller airports, you're still expected to arrive at least 90 minutes early or risk missing your flight.

The last-call announcement is not something you want to hear when you are trying to make a flight. Many travelers in and out of Glacier Park International Airport believe that because the airport is so small, arriving only just a half hour early is enough time, but it turns out, it's not.

"In a small airport, people are under the impression that it takes a few minutes to get from point A to point B and that's not necessarily true,” said Glacier Park Airport Director Cindi Martin.

Especially during the summer months and with a busy 4th of July travel weekend, there's a good chance travelers will encounter congestion and long security lines.

Also, during peak travel hours early in the morning or around lunch time, the airport says up to 1,000 people may be trying to get through security.

NBC Montana spoke with a few travelers who got to the Glacier Airport early enough to enjoy some snacks.  When they heard some people choose to arrive only 30 minutes prior to boarding, often missing their flight, they weren't surprised.

"If you haven't gotten your act together to get to the airport early enough, then that's too bad," said Mary Zagger, a Glacier Park Airport traveler. 

Other travelers are used to bigger airports. They say even though it is possible to arrive a little later at Glacier Park International Airport, passengers would rather be safe than sorry.

"I always get there two hours early. Here, I probably wouldn't need to, but just to be certain that I'm on time," said Glacier Park Airport traveler Thomas Berglund.

Airports across the country are having to deal with the same problem. That's why airport staff hopes summer travelers arrive early.

NBC Montana heard from some airlines that unfortunately if people do get stuck in line, it is not the responsibility of the airlines to get them to their destination and there may not be other seats to rebook them. That is why it's important to arrive early.