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Earth Day clean up at Flathead Lake state park needs volunteers

News from the Montana State Parks  BIGFORK – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) invites you to help clean up our public land in celebration of Earth Day at Flathead Lake State Park - Wayfarers Unit on Saturday, April 13, at 10 a.m.   Join us for our Earth Day event to help clean up the park. We are celebrating this holiday by joining together to get Wayfarers ready for summer. There will be multiple projects including beach clean up, trail maintenance and preparing the buildings for the coming months. There will be free snacks, and you are invited to join us on a ranger-led hike after volunteering is finished at 1:30 p.m.   Bring a water bottle, sturdy s...


Flooding minimal despite extreme late-winter weather Flooding minimal despite extreme late-winter weather

LAKE COUNTY – Though the winter may have seemed never-ending, lower than average overall snowfall for the winter means there’s less risk of flooding as snow melts this spring.   “We are seeing signs that spring runoff season has begun,” said Casey Ryan, hydrologist for the Con...


CSKT announces new hunting, fishing regulations available

News from CSKT Natural Resource Department  The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation announce the availability of hunting, fishing and recreation regulations for the 2019-2020 license season. The new license season began March 1. All bird hunters, anglers an...


Deer, elk develop survival skills for harsh winter Deer, elk develop survival skills for harsh winter

Winter will end. Trust me. But what will we see when all that white stuff disappears? A landscape green from melting snow littered with dead deer? Probably not. Yes, February was brutal for much of the state, but let’s not lose our perspective. This is winter. This is Montana – a norther...


Local hunters’ education class announced

LAKE COUNTY – Classes for the Polson, Ronan and Pablo spring hunter education course will start Tuesday, March 5, in room 118 of the Beaverhead math and science building on the Salish Kootenai College campus in Pablo. All classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 9 p.m and sign-in opens at 6 p.m. S...


It’s not your imagination: the snowpack is low It’s not your imagination: the snowpack is low

POLSON — Snowpack is lower than average throughout western Montana. And, the Flathead basin received the least amount of snow, compared to average, of any region in western Montana.  The upper Clark Fork basin, near Butte, has seen the highest percentage of average snowpack in western Montana, ...


Runners slide through Sorry ‘Bout That race Runners slide through Sorry ‘Bout That race

POLSON – One hundred plus marathoners competed in the Sorry ‘Bout That half marathon on Saturday afternoon and braved 13.1 miles in mid 20-degree-temperatures with ice-covered uneven surfaces along the trail.  The Polson Running group organized the race for the sixth year to provide runne...


CSKT reminds people of seasonal land closures

News from CSKT FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION — Dan McClure, chief of the Tribal Conservation Program, announces the posting and enforcement of the following seasonal closure. The Ferry Basin Wildlife Management Unit’s tribally owned lands are closed to all recreational access and use by non...


Information sought on grizzly bear shootings

FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION – The Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are seeking information on the shooting of a female grizzly bear in the Moiese Valley that occurred on or about Oct. 12.  The bear was found shot to death in a field near Moiese Valley Road...


Flathead Audubon holds annual Christmas bird count

KALISPELL — It is December and time for the 20th annual Kalispell bird count on Sunday, Dec. 30. Centered at Reserve and Highway 93, the 15-mile-diameter-count circle includes Evergreen, and much of the Flathead River corridor, including the Owen Sowerwine Natural Area, Happy Valley, Herron Park, and t...


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