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Montana sees first wolf population decrease since 2004

HELENA — This year’s wolf hunt saw the largest take in the hunt’s short history. According to a press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the minimum number of wolves in Montana at the end of 2012 was 625 wolves in 147 packs and 37 breeding pairs — a population decrease of 4 percent from 2011 numbers.  In contrast, the wolf population actually increased in 2010 by 8 percent and again in 2011 by 15 percent.  The 2012 numbers do not include 95 wolves harvested between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 of this year. Those wolves will be included in next year’s count. “We’re making some progress,” FWP Director Jeff Hagener said i...

Grass fire destroys trailer house Grass fire destroys trailer house

CHARLO — Lake County Dispatch called the Charlo Moiese Volunteer Fire Department at about 4:06 p.m. on March 20 to send them to a grass fire threatening a building. By the time firefighters were about halfway to the incident on Ninepipes Lane, dispatch called again to inform them that the building was ...

City seeks ‘design/build’ contractors for trail, pier

POLSON — Polson City Commissioners unanimously approved Resolution No. 1042, an alternative project delivery method of contractor selection for the Riverside Park to Salish Point walkway and the West Pier replacement.  Polson Redevelopment Agency President Ken Avison and Polson City Engineer Sh...

Wildlife officials issue warnings as bears awaken Wildlife officials issue warnings as bears awaken

RONAN — Warming temperatures, blue skies, budding flowers and rapidly greening grass are all surefire signs that spring and outdoor activities are on the way. As farmers and gardeners start planting vegetables and outdoorsmen take to the woods, several wildlife management bureaus are asking resident...

Kidney transplant changes local diabetic’s life Kidney transplant changes local diabetic’s life

When the call came from Virginia Mason Hospital and Medical Center that Miranda Burland had moved from second or third on the kidney/pancreas transplant list to first, she knew not to get too excited. She’d had other calls, telling her she was second or third in line, only to next get the news that ...

FCA fundraiser pits teachers against students FCA fundraiser pits teachers against students

POLSON — Polson High School students challenged teachers and coaches in a volleyball match and a basketball game on March 22, all for a good cause.   The games, silent auction and spaghetti dinner raised money for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a PHS student group. “Local busine...

BPA students plan for national competition BPA students plan for national competition

On March 10-12, 14 Charlo High School students (Haley Berkram, Trinceton Brown, Alyssa Doty, Shirley Firestone, Tonya Hertz, Abby Knight, Michaela Krahn, Jordan Ludeman, Timber Munson, Shayna Nagy, Chance Robles, McKalistar Rosenbaum, Aspen Runkel, and Mackenzie Savage) competed at the Business Professionals...

Mack Days draws 510 anglers, entries taken until end

The first weekend of the 2013 spring Mack Days fishing event ended with a total of 2,227 lake trout entered in the event, which is sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and sanctioned by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.  Friday was the best day for fishing during the first weeken...

Ronan goes green for St. Patrick’s Day Ronan goes green for St. Patrick’s Day

RONAN — Ronan embraced Irish culture this weekend as an annual St. Patrick’s Day parade marched through the city’s spectator-lined downtown.  In stark contrast to last week, temperatures hovered around 30 degrees Fahrenheit; the wind howled and snow fell. Not letting the dreary weat...

Recovering housing market boosts local economy Recovering housing market boosts local economy

RONAN — Prior to the recession, the housing market in Western Montana was a powerful economic force in the region.  More than the simply buying and selling property, construction of new buildings and homes, permits, applications and additions built onto existing structures as well as new home-b...

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