Year of Award


Document Type

Professional Paper

Degree Type

Master of Arts (MA)

Other Degree Name/Area of Focus


Department or School/College

School of Journalism

Committee Chair

Nadia White

Commitee Members

Carol VanValkenburg, Phil Condon


crashes, east shore, Finley Point, Flathead Lake, Highway 93, Kalispell, lake, Montana Department of Transportation, Polson, public meeting, risk, traffic, Tribes, trucks, west shore, wood products, Highway 35, environment, fuel spill


University of Montana


Tanner, Deborah Brae, M.A., Fall 2009 Journalism, Print No Margin for Error: Driving the East Shore of Flathead Lake Chairperson: Nadia White Controversy currently surrounds truck traffic on the east shore of Flathead Lake, Highway 35. The design, age and surrounding geography of the road contribute to the controversy, and trucks carrying hazardous materials have exacerbated the situation. A trucking accident near Polson, Montana, in April 2008 in which almost 6,400 gallons of fuel was spilled has reinvigorated the debate. The Montana Department of Transportation, trucking companies, residents and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have sought a resolution. This project will examine the dangers to motorists, residents and the environmental integrity of Flathead Lake, as well as the proposed solutions.



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