A search for a missing aircraft that was carrying two Daily Inter Lake staff writers and two men from Missoula shifted sharply late Monday from the Flathead Valley area to Sanders County and the National Bison Range. A command post for the search was set up Monday night at the National Bison Range Visitor Center, far from the original search area that extended from Kalispell as far as Glacier National Park and Canada. The plane had been missing since Sunday afternoon. … On board were Melissa Weaver (pictured), 23, a police and courts reporter with the Inter Lake, and Erika Hoefer, 27, a business reporter and page designer who also writes for the Flathead Business Journal.
DFO: The Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell, Mont., is another Inland Northwest newspaper owned by Coeur d’Alene’s Duane Hagadone. It’s a newspaper about the same size as the Coeur d’Alene Press. I worked for five years there.