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Northwest Montana bear activity picks up Northwest Montana bear activity picks up

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks NORTHWEST MONTANA — A 3-year-old male grizzly bear was captured April 10 at a private residence along Tamarack Road northwest of Columbia Falls. The 211-pound bear was captured by FWP Bear and Lion Specialist Erik Wenum after the resident reported a bear had killed some of his young chickens. The young bear was anesthetized, radio-collared, and released by Grizzly Bear Management Specialist Tim Manley. The Interagency decision was made to release the bear back into the wild since it had no previous known conflicts. The grizzly bear was released on the afternoon of April 11 in the Whale Creek drainage of the North Fork of the Flathead, 3...

Ronan couple helps build houses in South Africa

RONAN — The AARP Smart Divers Course will be taught on Thursday, April 28, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. To sign up for the course, call the center. A diaper bag has been found at the center. All our meals are open to the public and all ages. The center is wheelchair accessible.  The cost for noon meal...


POLSON — We still have some bowls that were left here after the Thanksgiving dinner. If they are not claimed by May 2 we will have to dispose of them. The hearing aid representative will be here on Tuesday, April 26. The Big Sky Bell Ringers festival will be held on Saturday, April 30, in Pablo a...

St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS —  Come one, come all to the St. Ignatius Senior Center where we have home-cooked meals prepared fresh and served every Tuesday and Friday at noon. We also serve dinner on the first and third Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. The next evening meal will be on April 20 at 5:30 p.m. Mea...

Driver slams into light pole Driver slams into light pole

PABLO — Two people were seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 93 and Courville Trail in Pablo at about 3:45 p.m. According to Lake County Sheriff Don Bell, witnesses said the tan 2004 Ford Taurus was traveling northbound at a high rate of sp...

Quick response clears black plume, smothers flames Quick response clears black plume, smothers flames

Thousands of shredded tires burning in a deep pit were extinguished over the weekend in a cooperative group effort. The fire at Tire Depot along U.S. Highway 93 in Pablo was called in at 5:34 a.m. Friday, April 8, according to Lake County Undersheriff Ben Woods. “One deputy who checked on it said th...

Tribes rescue, relocate cougar Tribes  rescue,  relocate cougar

POLSON — A female yearling mountain lion was removed from atop a power pole April 6 along Kerr Dam Road in Polson and released northwest of the location a day later. Because of the danger of the power lines, CSKT wildlife biologists couldn’t gently lower the animal down in the usual manner by ...

Airport runway to be smoothed out soon Airport runway to be smoothed out soon

ST. IGNATIUS – The cracks in the St. Ignatius Airport runway might soon be smoothed out. Lake County Joint Airport Board representative Rick Newman reported to the St. Ignatius Town Council during the regular meeting on Tuesday that the airport is putting out bids for contractors to fill in cracks o...

Police chief improves department, brings back reserves Police chief improves department, brings back reserves

RONAN – Much has changed at the Ronan Police Department in the past year and a half since Chief Ken Weaver took over amid problems with reserve officer training credentials and public trust issues. “I did research and knew what I was getting into,” he said of taking the job. “I did...

Inspection stations keep Flathead waters mussel-free Inspection stations keep Flathead waters mussel-free

PABLO — Two mussel-fouled boats detected April 1 at the watercraft inspection station in Pablo reinforced the need for this year’s early opening. The aquatic invaders were found on the third day of operations in the parking lot of Salish Kootenai College’s Joe McDonald Health and Fitness...


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