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Gateway to Glacier Trail - In the News

5-27-2016 - Gateway to Glacier Trail Finally a Reality

Please click here to read a great story about the trail in The Daily Interlake.

8-12-2012 -  
Gateway to Glacier Trail: Val Parsons Brings New Eyes, New Vision

Please click here to read a great story about the trail by Conserve Montana.

4-16-2012 - Spring fundraiser Thank You

The Gateway-to-Glacier Trail Steering Committee would like to express our gratitude for a
successful fundraiser at the Stonefly Lounge on Saturday, April 14, 2012. Because of the
generosity of many business vendors in the north valley, local artisans and community members,
the evening was a great success. We’d like to thank so many people and businesses including:
The Daily Interlake, the Hungry Horse News and their associated papers, the Flathead Beacon
and KAJ-TV for providing press coverage prior to the event, the Stonefly Lounge for providing
the venue, the Belton Blues Band for donating their time and talent with great music and Piggy
Back BBQ for delicious food! Auction and raffle items were donated by many local businesses
including: Fun Beverage, Windflower Native Plant Nursery, the Huckleberry Patch, the Shops
at Station 8, Montana House, Three Forks Grille, Norms News, Hungry Horse Liquors, Hammer
Nutrition, Glacier Cyclery, the White Room, Great Northern Cyclery, and Runner-Up Sports. In
addition, we received hand-crafted and other items from local artisans and craftsmen including:
Sharon Logan, Becky Lomax, Stacey Bengtson, Donna Davis, Iola Breneman, Steve Hall,
Sherrie and Neal Miller and Bill Bryan. Every item was greatly appreciated. The spring fund-
raiser success helps move us along on our path to success. See you down the trail!

4-5-2012 - Gateway to Glacier Press Release
This release was condensed in the Daily Interlake.

Press Release:

To:  Daily Interlake’s Thursday entertainment feature section

From:  Gateway to Glacier Trail Steering Committee:

Date:  March 27, 2011

Run Date:  Thursday April 12, 2012

Event Title:  Gateway-To-Glacier-Trail Spring Fund Raiser – Pig Roast, featuring Live Music by the Belton Blues Band

The Belton Blues Band will perform at the Stonefly Lounge on Highway 2 in Coram on Saturday, April 14, 2012 for the Gateway-to-Glacier-Trail’s spring fund raiser.  The evening will feature a pig roast by Piggy Back BBQ of Whitefish, a silent auction, raffle and door prizes and, of course, great music.  The Belton Blues Band, as the name suggests, is firmly anchored in the blues, but their repertoire includes a generous dose of rock and roll, country and even surf music.  Currently a five-piece band, they’ve played venues with as few as 3 and as many as 6 members.  All the members have ties to “Belton” the railroad station name for West Glacier.  Founding members, Fred Vanhorn (lead guitar and vocals), Dan Fagre (bass) and Lanny Ludig (drums and vocals), have a long history in the area.  Fred retired from a long career with the National Park Service after serving his last 14 years as Fire Management Officer at Glacier National Park.  Dan currently studies climate change impacts at Glacier for the USGS, and Lanny manages backcountry chalets in Glacier.  More recent additions to the band also have ties to “Belton.”  Rhythm guitarist Gary Ludwig leads a Glacier Park Exotic Pest Management Team.  Harmonica player, Leo Govenettio climbs mountains and recreates in the park while enjoying free time from construction and truck-driving work.

Since all the members are active outdoor recreationists, the mission of the Gateway-to-Glacier Trail organization was immediately appealing.  “We all enjoy bicycling, and would love to see a safe route along Highway 2,” said guitarist Ludwig.   “When the idel for this fund-raising event was presented to use, we said “sign us up!””  The Gateway-to-Glacier Trail mission is, of course, building a separated, paved bike and pedestrian path along Highway 2 connecting Coram (at Seville Lane) to West Glacier (under the BNSF Railway overpass).  A dedicated group of local residents from West Glacier to Columbia Falls has been busy applying for grant funding, requesting donations from the community and planning other events.  Co-owners of the Stonefly Lounge, Seth and Stacey Schnebel, have been on the steering committee since its inception.  Now registered as an IRS 501( c)(3) non-profit organization, all donations to the Gateway-to-Glacier Trail are tax-deductible. 

In addition to a great pig roast and awesome music, the April 14 fund raiser will feature “Pint Nite” by Fat Tire beer.  A $5 entry fee will get you a pint of Fat Tire in a souvenir glass, with refills available for $3.  Silent auction items, raffle and door prizes have been generously donated by the Montana House, Three Forks Grille, Norms News, The Shops at Station 8, Hungry Horse Liquors, Glacier Cyclery, the White Room, Hammer Nutrition and other local businesses.  In addition, private individuals have donated items to the cause, including hand-made cards and baskets, an REI gift card, books, and a Cloudveil soft-shell jacket.  More donations are arriving every day. The steering committee would like to thank all those who’ve supported this event so far, and all those who join us on April 14.  For more information about the event or about donating, please see the Gateway-to-Glacier Trail website at  They can also be found on Facebook.

11-20-2011 - Gateway to Glacier Newsletter

Thanks to volunteer time and sponsor donations, we have mailed out our first newsletter and direct fundraising outreach.  Look for your copy to arrive in your mailbox soon, or  view the digital copy by using the above link!  Thanks for your support.

Also, THANK YOU to our sponsors!  OfficeMax, D.A. Davidson, Hungry Horse Liquor Store, Sportsman & Ski Haus, and Glacier Center Cenex!

8-4-2011 - Flathead Beacon Article

"Valerie Parsons was a volunteer for Rails to Trails of Northwest Montana for 17 years, so she fully understands that ambitious trail projects take time.

But she also understands that trails don’t build themselves and they require grassroots mobilization. And if there’s one other thing Parsons has learned it’s that a party is always a good way to kick start grassroots mobilization.

On Aug. 6 from 5-9 p.m., advocates of the proposed Gateway to Glacier Trail are hosting their first annual “Pints for Paths Brewfest” at Heaven’s Peak Resort in West Glacier. It is the initial fundraising event for the Gateway to Glacier Trail project, which would eventually build a separated bike and pedestrian path along U.S. Highway 2, running from Badrock Canyon to Glacier National Park......."

7-4-2011 - Daily Interlake Article
Excerpt: "A newly organized trail group has its sights set on building a bike path that would one day connect Bad Rock Canyon to Glacier Park.  The Gateway to Glacier Trail group wants to expand the current separated trail between Hungry Horse and Coram by adding an eight-mile trail from Coram to Glacier Park.
"We are also working with MDOT [Montana Department of Transportation] in developing a trail through Bad Rock Canyon to Hungry Horse," said Val Parsons, a longtime Rails to Trails volunteer and president of Gateway to Glacier Trail...."