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Coast Guard Auxiliary uses education, inspections to keep Montana waters safe Coast Guard Auxiliary uses education, inspections to keep Montana waters safe

MELITA ISLAND – With the nearest ocean nearly 600 miles away, many Montanans are surprised to learn that the U.S. Coast Guard patrols the waters here in Montana. “We are trying to create an awareness that the U.S. Coast Guard actually exists in Montana,” said U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs Staff Officer Chris Roberts.  The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Montana division contains over 2,000 lakes, 78 rivers and covers 147,046 square miles of area, which are regularly used for recreational boating and fishing.  Four active flotillas are located in Billings, Great Falls, Helena and Kalispell. The current eight members of the Kalispell Flotilla 130-10...

Wildfire outlook: low snowpack, higher temperatures predicted Wildfire outlook: low snowpack, higher temperatures predicted

LAKE COUNTY — It’s starting to feel like summer in Montana – the weather is warm and skies have been smoky.  This spring, some early season smoke in the area came from local prescribed burns intended to reduce flammable materials in forests. Fire Prevention Specialist C.T. Camel sai...

Nominate best blooming yards

POLSON — The Beautification Committee of Envision Polson! invites you to nominate what you consider to be the “bloomin’ best” yards and gardens in our community. Nominate yourself or your neighbor in the business or residence category. Nomination forms are available at Southshore G...

Yearling grizzly bear euthanized

News from CSKT Information / Education  CHARLO/MOIESE — The Tribal Wildlife Management Program has been actively pursuing two yearling male orphaned cubs roaming the Charlo/Moiese area since late February. Unfortunately, their food choices lead to both of them being euthanized. In Septembe...

Spring Mack Days begins with ice, ends with record catch

News from CSKT Natural Resources To all Mack Days anglers, a special “thank you” to everyone who helped make the 2019 Spring Mack Days Fishing Event on Flathead Lake such a great success. The event total of 40,357 lake trout caught was the largest since we began the events in 2002. Every ...

Permits needed for spring debris burning

FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION — Spring burning season by permit is here. Burning is a great way to clear dead vegetation and clean up. Before you light your piles or grass this June, take the necessary precautions to ensure your burn does not become the next wildfire. Careless debris burning is the numbe...

Chronic Wasting Disease found in Libby

News from CSKT Natural Resources Department  FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION — Chronic wasting disease is a disease that attacks the brain and nervous system of infected deer, moose and elk. CWD is thought to be spread directly, through nose-to-nose contact, most commonly via saliva, urine and fe...

GNP website provides real-time updates 

WEST GLACIER  —  Visitors headed to Glacier National Park can now get immediate updates for parking and campground availability, as well as current weather conditions and area closures. The RAD, which works best in the Google Chrome web browser, gives visitors one more tool for planning a tri...

Macman catches most perch ever

Fishermen: I thought a short note to you all would be appropriate considering most would like to know when there is good fishing within walking distance if you live in Polson.   Recent warm weather has activated smallmouth bass and perch. Yesterday, May 31, my faithful dog, Molly, and I motored in...

Food conditioned black bear euthanized

Glacier National Park News Release MONTANA  – Glacier National Park rangers euthanized a black bear in the Lake McDonald Lodge area after finding it had broken into a cabin in employee housing. Nobody was present in the cabin at the time. The bear matched the description and photos of a bear ...

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