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Whether you fish or float, take care of Montana’s fishing access sites

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks MONTANA – Montana’s fishing access sites accommodate roughly 3.9 million visits from people every year. These visits happen on about 330 fishing access sites across the state that vary in size from less than one acre to several hundred acres. These sites are owned and managed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to give recreationists access to the state’s water resources. Funding for the acquisition, enhancement and maintenance of these sites is generated from fishing licenses sold to anglers. But a large portion of people who use the sites are non-anglers. The lower Madison River, for example, sees as many as 300,000 pe...


 Study finds native bighorn sheep herds retain migratory diversity

By Rachel Hergett, MSU News Service BOZEMAN – On the surface, bighorn sheep migration is like that of many other large mammals, moving to higher elevations as snow melts in the springtime then returning to lower ground to forage as winter sets in. But a study published this month by Montana Sta...


Montana State Parks announces 2020 season

News from Montana State Parks    MONTANA – Montana State Parks announced that the 2020 summer reservation season will be open on Nov. 15. The summer reservation season runs from the third Friday in May through the third Sunday in September and campsites may be booked up to six months in...


Fire fund nearly doubled heading into wildfire season Fire fund nearly doubled heading into wildfire season

News from the Governor’s Office  MONTANA – Gov. Steve Bullock announced that Montana’s fire fund will be nearly doubled to $66.5 million, up from $36 million, heading into the wildfire season. “Montanans can rest assured that due to strong fiscal management by the state o...


Fire danger 'very high'

News from CSKT Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Division of Fire officials have determined fire danger within the Flathead Indian Reservation to be Very High.   Recent days have been extremely hot and dry with little to no moisture, causing vegetation and grasses to cure. This fine...


Hunter education class announced

News from CSKT  Class for the Polson, Ronan, Pablo summer Hunter Education course will start Tuesday, Aug. 20, in room 118 of the Beaverhead math and science building on the Salish Kootenai College campus in Pablo. The course is free of charge. All classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. ...


Get muddy for a good cause

POLSON – The Polson Mud Run returns to the fairgrounds in Polson on Saturday, July 20. The sixth annual event is hosted by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County as a fundraiser. All the muddy fun kicks off early with the first wave of runners starting at 9:30 a.m. The ...


Locals show their stuff at Mission Mountain Rodeo Locals show their stuff at Mission Mountain Rodeo

By Rob Zolman              Valley Journal POLSON – The Mission Mountain Rodeo wrapped up 79 years of high-energy action Saturday evening, drawing in cowboy and cowgirl competitors from as far away as Canada, Idaho and Wyoming. The National Rodeo Association sanc...


Flathead Lakers to hear report, present award

News from the Flathead Lakers YELLOW BAY — Flathead Lakers members and friends will gather to celebrate and learn about Flathead Lake and its watershed at the Flathead Lakers annual meeting on Thursday, July 11, at the Flathead Lake Biological Station. The public is welcome.  Robin Steinkr...


Ronan Airport among 13 across Montana to receive upgrade

Washington, D.C. — As part of his ongoing effort to #ConnectMT, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced more than $8 million in federal funding to upgrade 13 airports across the state. Ronan Airport received $257,145 to rehabilitate the runway, the taxiway, and the apron. “When you live in a p...


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