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Fish and wildlife council proposes changes to hunting and fishing regulations

POLSON – Minor changes in hunting and fishing licenses were approved to be sent to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal council after the Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife council approved the changes at their meeting on Wednesday, July 20. Of the minor changes, the council first discussed a commercial bait harvest permit, in regard to people catching fish and making cut bait out of pikeminnow, peamouth and sucker fish. According to FWRC Division Manager Tom McDonald, the introduction of Mack Days has created a large market for cut bait. He noted that people have been catching fish for bait for years already. The commercial bait harvest permit is $10 and anglers must...

Waterways to Appreciation

Wacey McClure, 9, wades knee high into the cool waters flowing through a canal near Swartz Lake. When McClure submerges a long plastic tube called a turbidity tube into the water, pockets of air bubble to the surface, as he makes sure it is filled to the top. This device measures the clarity of the water. An...

Saving a species: CSKT reveals bull trout project

POLSON – Salish, Pend d'Oreille, and Kootenai people thrived for centuries on the rich bounty of Mission Valley’s natural resources. Bull trout, a native species of fish, have traditionally been an important food source for tribal people when other foods were out of season or completely consumed....

Walkers stride to maintain health

RONAN—For Ron Couture, maintaining an active lifestyle is a family affair.  Couture and his four children recently participated in the Flathead diabetes program called “Walking the Rez.” Participants tracked the number of steps they took in a day with a pedometer, then phoned in the...

City celebrates centennial by planting trees

RONAN – Certified arborist Rick Jennison, along with approximately ten community members came together May 7 to plant 100 trees in celebration of Arbor Day, and to recognize Ronan’s Centennial. Volunteers helped plant approximately five different kinds of trees, including fruit trees and evergree...

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, severa...

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...

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