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DOI pushes for recreational opportunities for electric bicycles on public lands

News from the Department of the Interio r WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior announced its guidance to implement Secretary’s Order 3376, Increasing Recreational Opportunities Through the Use of Electric Bikes, which will allow the use of low-speed electric bicycles (e-bikes) at national wildlife refuges and other DOI-managed public lands where traditional biking occurs, expanding recreational opportunities and access to millions of Americans. The National Park Service has previously issued guidance to allow for e-bikes to be used on most bike paths in the national parks. Secretary’s Order 3376, signed by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt on Aug...


Jimmy Blixt Jimmy Blixt

NIARADA — Jimmy Ray Blixt passed away at his home in Niarada, on Oct. 19, 2019, at the age of 76. There are so many things to say about the life of this cowboy and the hearts he touched. As a young boy at the age of 12, Jimmy owned several head of cows, killed his first elk and traveled by horseback in...


White-tailed deer suspected positive of CWD in Libby

News from FWP MONTANA – An additional white-tailed deer in the Libby area is suspected to be positive for chronic wasting disease.   Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks collected a sample from the adult doe that appeared symptomatic and was euthanized in the center of town along 2nd Street....


Alternatives offered to private memorial on highways

Loss of life from a vehicle crash has a devastating impact on families and friends of the victim when a loved one is suddenly no longer with us. It has become a practice for people who have lost loved ones due to a fatal crash to express their grief by placing a memorial within the highway right of way near ...


Kingfisher offers beautiful display as photographer 'becomes a rock' Kingfisher offers beautiful display as photographer 'becomes a rock'

A small stream flows into the canal two miles from our place in St. Ignatius. At that confluence, it also happens that the canal makes a 90-degree turn. The result of the waters merging in this way is a deeper and wider section of the canal; in fact, locals know it as a fairly good place to catch trout now a...


Grizzly Bear euthanized in Seeley Swan

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks KALISPELL  — An adult female grizzly bear was euthanized on Sept. 10 after the bear and three cubs became food conditioned and broke into structures to obtain grain. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks captured the bears in the Seeley-Swan Valley...


Wildfire season slow this year due to weather, human caution

FLATHEAD RESERVATION – In recent years, Mission Valley residents have come to expect a thick blanket of smoke covering the region by late August.  This year’s blue skies are courtesy of a reduced number of human-started fires and timely precipitation, according to C.T. Camel, who is the C...


CSKT Game-Damage Hunts bring people together to manage land

News from CSKT A commonly asked question is: why can’t non-member private landowners hunt deer and/or elk on their private property on the Flathead Indian Reservation?  The answer can be found in the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ non-member regulations (part V, section 1A, hu...


Bat tests positive for rabies in Glacier National Park

News from Glacier National Park  MONTANA – Glacier County Health Department confirmed that a bat that scratched a park resident in the St. Mary area was rabid.  According to a press release, on Aug. 23, the person is currently undergoing a series of rabies vaccinations. This was the f...


Jam time held at skatepark Jam time held at skatepark

POLSON – The creative skills of about two-dozen skaters of all ages were on display during the Seventh Avenue Skatepark’s annual Skate Jam event on Saturday.  Local amateur-pro skater Brad Pichler dropped by to hang out and showcase a few tricks of his own. He recently picked up a big-tim...


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