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Briefs for April 18, 2018

Flathead Basin Commission meets April 25

News from the Flathead Basin Commission

PABLO — The Flathead Basin Commission will hold its next meeting on April 25, from 10 a.m.-3:15 p.m. at the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Tribal Council Chambers, 42487 Complex Blvd.

The morning portion of the meeting will focus on administrative business including a review and approval of the Commission’s meeting minutes, discussion of current by-laws and an update on financials.

In the afternoon, the FBC will hold an election for Executive Committee positions (Chair, Vice Chair and member at large positions are currently open), review and discuss the strategic plan for the FBC, and hear updates on issues and projects in the basin including: Upper Columbia Conservation Commission – aquatic invasive species; Dept. of Natural Resources & Conservation – artesian water bottling plant and the East Flathead lake study; and Whitefish Lake Institute – background on Institute, priority issues in the basin.

The FBC was created in 1983 by the Montana Legislature to monitor and protect water quality and the natural resources in the Flathead Basin. The FBC is a uniquely structured non-regulatory organization that works to accomplish its mandate in a consensus-building manner, stressing education, cooperation, broad-based community involvement, partnerships with agencies and nonprofit groups, and the voluntary participation of Basin residents.

All FBC meetings are open to the public and interested parties are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 406-444-2951 or email:

The agenda is subject to change and item times are approximate. Actual times may vary by up to one hour. Visit: for the most updated meeting information. 


Help clean up Wayfarers Park for Earth Day

News from Montana State Parks

BIGFORK – Montana State Parks ( invites you to help clean up our public land for Earth Day at the first “Earth Day Park Clean Up” at Flathead Lake State Park – Wayfarers Unit on Sunday, April 22, at 10 a.m.

 Join us on the 48th annual Earth Day to help clean up the park. We are celebrating this holiday by joining together to get Wayfarers ready for summer. Spend the day enjoying the outdoors with like-minded people and giving back to the planet. There will be multiple projects including trash pickup, trail sign sealing, and picnic table cleaning. There will be free snacks, and you are invited to join us on a ranger-guided hike after the volunteering is finished.

Bring a water bottle, sturdy shoes, and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Meet at the Birch Grove picnic shelter (down by the water) to sign in and break into groups.

Please call 406-837-3041 to register for this free event.


 Back Country Horsemen ride again

News from Back Country Horsemen

DAYTON — Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen’s 37th annual Steak Ride will take place on Sunday, May 6, at the Meuli Ranch in Dayton. Start between 9-11 a.m. Steaks are served between 3-3:30 p.m. Saturday night campers are welcome. There will be a potluck supper on Saturday night at 6 p.m. A continental breakfast will be served on Sunday morning. 50/50 tickets will be on sale and stick around for door prizes to be awarded. Bring only “certified weed-free hay,” no grazing available and no electric fences. Due to trail conditions, horseshoes are recommended. Dogs are welcome in camp but must be tied or on a leash at all times. No stallions. Helmets are recommended for young riders. Adults are $25 and children 12-years and younger are under $10. Sorry, no refunds. You may call 406-676-0231 or 406-883-5876 to purchase tickets or for more information or, mail your check to: Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen, P.O. Box 604, Ronan, Mt. 59864. Don’t miss this fantastic ride folks. The views are awesome. Hope to see you there.


Lankford appointed to Governor’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force

News from the Governor's Office

PABLO — Councilwoman Carole Lankford, a councilwoman with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, was recently appointed to Governor Bullock’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force.

“Every single hard-working family in Montana has a stake in ensuring women and men are paid a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work,” Governor Bullock said. “Over the last five years Montana’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force has taken steps to narrow the wage gap, and businesses have stepped up to revise their own workplace policies with equity in mind.”

According to an article from Governor Bullock’s office, when comparing the earnings of full-time, year-round workers, Montana women earned 72.9 percent of men’s earnings in 2013. Today, that gap has narrowed to 73.6 percent. This progress has happened in-part by the task force leading a grassroots effort to encourage equity at Main Street businesses across Montana.


Help children in need, wear Walgreens' red nose

News from Walgreens

It is that time of year again.

Last year, you supported us in raising almost $4,000 locally for Red Nose Day and Comic Relief USA. I’m hoping you will help us this year as well. Over the last three years, Comic Relief USA has donated $15,000 to our Lake County Boys and Girls Clubs. 

Red Nose Day was created by Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning writer-director Richard Curtis, (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill) and leverages the power of entertainment to bring the nation together to have fun and make a difference for children in need here in America and around the world. It has raised over $1 billion globally since its launch in the UK in 1988.

Red Nose Day’s USA 2017 campaign raised over $40 million. Walgreens alone raised $20.8 million. People wanting to get in on the fun for 2018 and hold Red Nose Day fundraisers at school, work, or in their communities can find out more information at You may also visit for information and don’t forget to get your Walgreens “exclusive” red nose starting April 2 and running thru June 2 for only $1.

We will be available to deliver noses and pick up donations starting in mid-April. Also, join us on Red Nose Day on May 24 at the Women for Wellness Health Fair in Pablo. 

Thank you again for all your support and I look forward to seeing you soon. “Every one counts.”

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