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World record bighorn ram event

News from Montana State Parks BIGFORK – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and Flathead Lake State Park invite you to celebrate public lands with a volunteer event and a viewing of the World Record Bighorn Ram Horns on Saturday, Sept. 22.  At 10 a.m., join park staff at Flathead Lake State Park at Wayfarers for a national day of service and get outside and give back to your public lands. Projects may include refinishing picnic tables, trail cleanup, and noxious weed removal. Bring water, work gloves, and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. After the work is finished, we will gather for snacks and refreshments.  Continue your celebration of public land...


Join Audubon ‘Birds of Prey Festival’ Join Audubon ‘Birds of Prey Festival’

News from the Flathead Audubon Society KALISPELL — Flathead Audubon is continuing a tradition started by the family of the late Rod Ash in 2006 by sponsoring the 12th Annual Birds of Prey Festival at Lone Pine State Park on Saturday, Sept. 15. This year’s festival begins at 9 a.m. and ends a...


Be aware as bears activley seek food sources before winter denning season

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks With archery and upland game bird seasons opening Sept. 1, hunters are reminded to “Be Bear Aware.” Montana is bear country. Anyone living, working, or recreating in bear country should maintain awareness and follow safety precautions to avoid ...


Summer fires affect local, statewide air quality

LAKE COUNTY – Smoke and wildfires are a routine part of Lake County summers. Though the memory of dense smoke in the region may be fading, thick wildfire smoke obscured views and filled the Mission Valley with a scent reminiscent of campfire several weeks ago.  Kristen Martin of the Montana Dep...


Hunter education classes available

Hunter education classes available News from Tom Fieber, Lake County’s lead Hunter Safety instructor   LAKE COUNTY – Learning to be safe in today’s world has been paramount in the hunting community. It is now standard across America that states require hunters to attend and pass Hu...


PHS alum among soccer team rescued from Yellowstone River PHS alum among soccer team rescued from Yellowstone River

COLUMBUS – The Stillwater County Search and Rescue successfully rescued all 22 members of the Rocky Mountain College women’s soccer team after becoming stranded on the Yellowstone River while on a float trip near Columbus on Monday, Aug. 13. Former Polson Lady Pirate stand-out soccer player Ti...


Update: Garden Creek Fire now 50 percent contained Update: Garden Creek Fire now 50 percent  contained

HOT SPRINGS – According to Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Division of Fire officials, the Garden Creek Fire which grew to more than 2,000 acres is 50 percent contained and moved from a Type 3 to a Type 4 incident over the weekend.   The July 27 lightning sparked wildfire burning two mi...


Grizzly bear information shared in Arlee

ARLEE — On Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Arlee Community Center, an information discussion on Grizzly Bears in the Jocko Valley will be given. The session will explain how bears are living an moving in the Jocko Valley, how to respond to encounters, bear spray and reducing attractants an...


Fall hunter education courses open to registration

Registration is open for hunter education courses across the Flathead Valley. Courses are frequently held in the fall and springtime, and the last collection of courses this season are accepting students in Pablo. Field days for online students are also currently available in Kalispell. Bowhunter educatio...


Grizzly bear population objectives named Grizzly bear population objectives named

KALISPELL — The Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved language for a proposed administrative rule that would codify population objectives for grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem. The decision on Aug. 9, sets into motion a public comment period that will run from Aug. 24-Oc...


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