New GNP Concessionaire Making Changes - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

New GNP Concessionaire Making Changes

Posted: Updated:
WEST GLACIER -

It is not quite official yet, but Xanterra, the new concessionaire in Glacier National Park, is already making changes.

In August, Xanterra shocked many people by beating out Glacier Park Inc for the sixteen-year service contract with Glacier National Park.

"Xanterra brings some great history and experience from other national parks so we look forward to working with them at Glacier National Park," said Denise Germann, the Park's spokeswoman.

Already, Xanterra is ramping up for the tourist season.

The Colorado-based company is looking to not only buy some office and laundry space that has been vacant for almost two years near the Montana Coffee Traders in Columbia Falls, but it also hopes to build a warehouse to store the fleet of 33 red buses.

GPI used to keep the buses in a building over in East Glacier.

Right now, they are sitting in a warehouse in Glacier Park International Airport.

"It is a pretty big deal... We're always very happy to have new businesses relocate and again to see all the hubbub, you will. You know in the summertime tourism is huge," said Carol Pike, the executive director of the Columbia Falls chamber of commerce.

These new purchases could mean adding more than 30 full-time jobs in Columbia Falls.

The only snag is signing the contract.

Xanterra has already put pen to paper, but is waiting to get the okay from a federal agency.

It was supposed to be all clear by the first of the year, but that went out the window with the sixteen-day government shutdown.

Germann thinks it will happen sometime in the next few weeks.

Xanterra currently works in Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and several other national and state parks.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Police hunt for 2 who carjacked SUV, killed 3 kids

    Police hunt for 2 who carjacked SUV, killed 3 kids

    Saturday, July 26 2014 8:44 AM EDT2014-07-26 12:44:54 GMT
    Police are searching for two men who carjacked an SUV and plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit at a Philadelphia street corner, killing three kids and seriously injuring two women.
    Police are searching for two men who carjacked an SUV and plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit to raise money for their church, killing three kids and critically injuring their mother and the carjacking...
  • Ohio State under shadow again, this time with band

    Ohio State under shadow again, this time with band

    Saturday, July 26 2014 6:44 AM EDT2014-07-26 10:44:31 GMT
    The Ohio State marching band is moving forward without its director; a day after he was fired they're performing with the Columbus Symphony in what's often considered the band's unofficial season kickoff.
    Having forced out a beloved football coach and watched its president retire after a series of verbal gaffes, Ohio State University again finds itself grabbing headlines with the firing of a celebrated marching band...
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit over Amelia Earhart search

    Judge dismisses lawsuit over Amelia Earhart search

    Saturday, July 26 2014 6:44 AM EDT2014-07-26 10:44:13 GMT
    A federal judge has dismissed a Wyoming man's lawsuit claiming a group secretly found the missing airplane of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart in the South Pacific but kept it quiet so it could continue to raise...
    A federal judge on Friday dismissed a Wyoming man's claims that an aircraft recovery group secretly found wreckage of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart's missing airplane in the South Pacific but kept it quiet so it...
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • KHQ Special: 'Behind the Fire Lines' airing Sunday at 6pm

    KHQ Special: 'Behind the Fire Lines' airing Sunday at 6pm

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:25 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:25:03 GMT
    KHQ.COM - For over a week, we've heard hundreds of heartbreaking stories from people who have lost everything, to those who refuse to let the firestorm break their spirits. From communities rallying together, to the heroes on the front lines. Join us for an hour long special, "Beyond the Fire Lines," airing this Sunday at 6pm on KHQ.
    KHQ.COM - For over a week, we've heard hundreds of heartbreaking stories from people who have lost everything, to those who refuse to let the firestorm break their spirits. From communities rallying together, to the heroes on the front lines. Join us for an hour long special, "Beyond the Fire Lines," airing this Sunday at 6pm on KHQ.
  • INCREDIBLE drone video shows fire destruction over Pateros/Brewster

    INCREDIBLE drone video shows fire destruction over Pateros/Brewster

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:51 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:51:52 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Chelan HD Productions has given us permission to show this incredible video they shot with a drone surveying the damage done from the Carlton Complex Fire in the areas of Brewster and Pateros. This video is truly jaw dropping and really shows the level of destruction from the fire.
    KHQ.COM - Chelan HD Productions has given us permission to show this incredible video they shot with a drone surveying the damage done from the Carlton Complex Fire in the areas of Brewster and Pateros. This video is truly jaw dropping and really shows the level of destruction from the fire.
  • Bozeman Scuba Divers Explore Yellowstone Lake

    Bozeman Scuba Divers Explore Yellowstone Lake

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:38:22 GMT
    Montana is known for its outdoor recreational and adventure sports.There's everything from whitewater kayaking to extreme mountain biking.
    Montana is known for its outdoor recreational and adventure sports.There's everything from whitewater kayaking to extreme mountain biking.
  • The Catalan Secret Camp Comes to Missoula

    The Catalan Secret Camp Comes to Missoula

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:22 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:22:53 GMT
    The relationship between Big Sky high school soccer and coaches from Barcelona goes back to 2011, when the Eagles boys team visited Spain.
    The relationship between Big Sky high school soccer and coaches from Barcelona goes back to 2011, when the Eagles boys team visited Spain.
  • Missing Kayaker's Body Found

    Missing Kayaker's Body Found

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:51:53 GMT
    After nearly a full week of searching, crews pulled a Flathead doctor's body from Flathead Lake today.
    After nearly a full week of searching, crews pulled a Flathead doctor's body from Flathead Lake today.
  • UPDATE: Search and Rescue Efforts Continue for Flathead Kayaker

    UPDATE: Search and Rescue Efforts Continue for Flathead Kayaker

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:04 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:04:28 GMT
    The search for a missing kayaker will continue Monday on Flathead Lake, it's surrounding shores and the Flathead River, after he's been missing for more than 24 hours.
    The search for a missing kayaker will continue Monday on Flathead Lake, it's surrounding shores and the Flathead River, after he's been missing for more than 24 hours.
  • Police hunt for 2 who carjacked SUV, killed 3 kids

    Police hunt for 2 who carjacked SUV, killed 3 kids

    Saturday, July 26 2014 8:44 AM EDT2014-07-26 12:44:54 GMT
    Police are searching for two men who carjacked an SUV and plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit at a Philadelphia street corner, killing three kids and seriously injuring two women.
    Police are searching for two men who carjacked an SUV and plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit to raise money for their church, killing three kids and critically injuring their mother and the carjacking...
  • Pend Oreille Authorities Looking For Person Who Shot & Killed Teen

    Pend Oreille Authorities Looking For Person Who Shot & Killed Teen

    Friday, December 13 2013 9:27 PM EST2013-12-14 02:27:45 GMT
    NEWPORT, Wash. (AP) - Authorities in Pend Oreille County are still trying to find out who killed a Yakima teen who was shot while hunting with family members in the northeast corner of Washington.
    NEWPORT, Wash. (AP) - Authorities in Pend Oreille County are still trying to find out who killed a Yakima teen who was shot while hunting with family members in the northeast corner of Washington. READ THE COMPLETE DETAILS INSIDE OF THE STORY>>>
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.