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Briefs for July 25, 2018

Fundraiser held to fund new facility for adults with disabilities

RONAN — On Aug. 4, during Pioneer Days, from 8 a.m.–4 p.m., a fundraiser will be held at the Terrace Lake Community Church, 35663 Terrace Lake Road. The event will include a silent auction, a yard sale and food. Your help will help provide: funding for a feasibility plan to turn a local church in Ronan into a proactive assisted living facility for adults with disabilities; staffing the facility with qualified, caring staff that will provide daily living skills training; vocational training; and assistance with any and all needs of the clients; assistive communication devices for non-verbal clients, and the training for our staff to be able to implement said devices;

building a commercial kitchen that provides the opportunity to produce food products that the clients could participate in making and selling in the community, thus providing community integration and involvement; providing our clients with the services of trained physical, speech and occupational specialists; purchasing a vehicle for transportation of clients to special events, doctor appointments, and general outings within the community; electricity, food, water, and general expenses for the facility.

Once Proactive Living Facility has an established facility up and running, they are looking at expanding services throughout Montana, and possibly the United States.


Game Wardens extinguish illegal campfire on Wild Horse Island State Park


Fires, smoking, camping strictly prohibited on Flathead Lake state park unit

KALISPELL — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ game wardens extinguished an illegal campfire on Wild Horse Island State Park, averting a potentially serious incident amid heightened fire conditions.

On the morning of July 19, FWP game wardens, Chris Neu and Morgan Post, responded to a report of illegal campers on the west side of the island on Flathead Lake. Neu and Post discovered a smoldering fire that was creeping outside of a makeshift rock fire ring. No one was present at the scene. When Neu and Post began breaking apart the fire ring, the smoldering logs immediately flared up, illustrating the serious nature of the threat.

The fire was found in same area as the illegal campfire that sparked a 5-acre blaze in July 2015.

Camping, smoking and fires are strictly prohibited on Wild Horse Island State Park. Grass, brush and other light forest fuels tend to dry out by early summer on the island, creating combustive fire conditions. 

Fire conditions continue to worsen across the region and this week the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation announced that fire danger is now “high” in the Flathead Valley. 

Wild Horse Island spans 2,160 acres off the west shore of Flathead Lake. The state park is managed as a primitive area, and visitors are asked to protect and respect the park to preserve its natural character.

The illegal campfire remains under investigation. Anyone with potential information about the incident is encouraged to call 1-800-TIP-MONT. Callers can remain anonymous.


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