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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 Department of Environmental Quality’s Meteorological Services and Smoke Forecasting program said that northwest Montana will likely experience a break from heavy smoke and the worst of the smoke may be over for the season. She said that when the smoke was at its thickest, between Aug. 16 and 20, the region was being impacted by separate sources of smoke including fires that flared ...


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...


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 sou...


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...


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