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Mountain fire swiftly knocked out Mountain fire swiftly knocked out

ST. IGNATIUS – A helicopter pilot with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Division of Fire flew toward a smoke plume coming off the mountainside five miles east of town in the tribal wilderness area on Tuesday afternoon.  The pilot hovered the aircraft over an irrigation ditch a few miles south of the fire on the Biggs Ranch and dipped the bucket attached to the chopper into the water. The pilot flew back to the fire and dropped the water, then repeated the process about a dozen times before the smoke was gone. Six firefighters with the ground grew went into the area and put a control line around the quarter acre fire. The Division of Fire is calling the incident the Walk...


Air tankers refill at Ronan Airport to fight Garden Creek Fire Air tankers refill at Ronan Airport to fight  Garden Creek Fire

RONAN – Friday was the first day that Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) stationed at the Ronan Airport were used to drop fire retardant in an attempt to rein in the Garden Creek fire. The lightning-ignited fire is burning in a rocky, remote area two miles northwest of Hot Springs. SEATs have a speed...


Grizzly bears killed on Highway 93

News from CSKT Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation PABLO — Tribal bear biologists say that three of four members in a family group of grizzly bears were struck and killed by an automobile around 11 p.m. on Friday, July 27, approximately a mile south of Ronan. The collision incl...


Flathead Lake Boat Tour fundraiser planned

LAKESIDE — Come celebrate recent conservation of vital bird habitat and scenic open space along the north shore of Flathead Lake at a fundraiser on the Far West tour boat. The Flathead Land Trust and Flathead Lakers are hosting the event on Thursday, June 28, from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy appetizers, drinks (...


Polson High students receive scholarships from Montana Wilderness Association

NORTHWEST MONTANA — After receiving 33 entries, Montana Wilderness Association is proud to award three $500 first-place scholarships, and three $250 runner-up awards. The awards recognized a first and second place winner from Sanders, Lake and Lincoln Counties.  A first place scholarship was aw...


Recreational Trails Grant Awards open for public comment

News from Montana State Parks HELENA – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) is seeking public comment on proposed Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant awards for the current grant cycle which closed on Feb. 1. Montana’s Recreational Trails Program has awarded approximately $1.57 millio...


Montana moose topic of next Audubon meeting

News from Mission Mountain Audubon “Montana Moose: Biology, Management and Research” by Jesse Newby will be Mission Mountain Audubon’s next educational program on Thursday, 10 May at 7 p.m. in the Polson Library Meeting Room. Everyone is welcome. Moose are among the most emblematic ...


Audubon field trip offered

News from the Flathead Audubon Society MISSION VALLEY — Flathead Audubon is offering a field trip with Janene Lichtenerg on May 6, from 7:30 a.m.-noon. Of particular interest is the long-billed Curlew, North America’s largest shorebird and one of the earliest migratory species to return to n...


Boat carrying zebra mussels stopped at Anaconda inspection station Boat carrying zebra mussels stopped at Anaconda inspection station

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks ANACONDA – The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Anaconda watercraft inspection station intercepted a boat carrying zebra mussels on Friday, April 20. The cabin cruiser boat was being transported from Ohio to Puget Sound in Washington.  The ins...


Secure attractants as bears emerge from dens

Tribal Wildlife Program Bear Biologist Stacy Courville reminds the public that spring time on the Flathead Reservation, with its warmer temperatures and new vegetation is accompanied by bears emerging from dens. Soon after bears emerge they search for winter-killed wildlife and succulent vegetation. During s...


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