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Community gets active with bike path celebration

PABLO – A persistent cold rain didn’t stop a few hundred community members from the Mission Valley to participate during the third annual bike path celebration on May 7. The event was held along the stretch of the pedestrian pathway along Hwy 93, between Ronan and Polson. Along the way, several checkpoints were placed every few miles for participants to take a break, grab a snack, and receive their checkpoint stamp. Each checkpoint was stocked with a limited supply of prizes to giveaway, such as small backpacks, and checkpoint passports. Those who obtained three stamps were entitled to a free “Made in Montana” lunch at the Joe McDonald Fitness and Health Center in...


Riders seek to saddle up again at Bison Range

MOIESE — It was an event that drew riders from around the world, intrigued by the idea of spending a day on horseback on a range where the buffalo still roam. But organizers of the 57-year-old National Bison Range Trail Ride say they’ve been kicked out of the Bison Range for “bogus” r...


Runners, walkers, strollers and dogs enter March Meltdown

POLSON — Sunshine and blue skies brought out lots of runners, walkers and dogs for Polson Running’s March Meltdown held on March 12 at 10 a.m.  “We had a great turnout thanks to the beautiful weather,” Tyana Smith, race organizer, said. “Hills, sweat and smiles are alway...


Cooperative solutions needed now to save our native fish

Montanans have long cherished native bull trout and westslope cutthroat as important sport fish, cultural symbols, indicators of good water quality, and drivers of our recreation economy. Many Montanans grew up learning how to fish by catching these two species. Future Montana kids deserve the same opportuni...


Turkey Trotters brave cold, snowpacked course

Thanksgiving Day was cold, but 73 runners and walkers showed up for the third annual 5-K Turkey Trot at 9:30 a.m. to work off their Thanksgiving meal before they even ate. Teenagers Jimmy Bjorge and Alex Nystrom finished first and tied at 18 minutes and 52 seconds.  Polson Running, who sponsors the t...


Benson claims Mack Days title

Some guys have all the luck. Though he already had the 2010 Fall Mack Days’ title wrapped up, Hot Springs angler Mike Benson continued to fish through the final weekend and continued to find the fish. Benson hit the 50-fish limit two days to improve his winning 12-day average to 48.75. He was fol...


Benson wraps up Mack Days championship

Hot Springs angler Mike Benson has taken all the suspense out of the 2010 Fall Mack Days. With only two days of fishing left to determine the 2010 Fall Mack Days top angler, Mike Benson’s best 12-day average is 47.75 fish. His closest competitor is Scott Bombard, who’s averaged 37.25. He is fo...


Unpleasant pheasant forecast for 2010 season

It looks like six weeks of rain washed out any prospects of a good pheasant hunting season in the valley.  It appeared that the local pheasant population was on the rise last year after a mild-weather hatching season.  Even with a warm and dry hatching season last year it was going to take so...


Fall Mack Days begins Oct. 1

If anyone ever needed any extra incentive to go out to the lake on a beautiful fall day in search of a trophy lake trout, the Confederated Salish and Tribe have given them one. The prize money in the 2010 Mack Days has doubled from 2009. The CSKT will be giving out $100,000 in cash and prizes in the 2010 ...


Mild winter boosts big game population

The elk and deer numbers appear to be on the rise in the upper northwest corner of the state, while the elk population in the Bitterroot, Clark Fork and Blackfoot drainages remain extremely low, according to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spring surveys. Region 1 After a mild winter the whitetail...


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