Although we love the North Fork in the winter time, it can get kind of lonely. With the Northern Lights Saloon and Home Ranch Bottoms closed for the year, we’re left with making our own entertainment with bonfires and house parties. Recently I began thinking about all the wonderful times we had this summer and fall on the North Fork and thought I would pull it all together in a quick review for MagoGuide. Read the full story here and check out all the photos.
The New York Times asks… What will they call this place once the glaciers are gone? A century ago, this sweep of mountains on the Canadian border boasted some 150 ice sheets, many of them scores of feet thick, plastered across summits and tucked into rocky fissures high above parabolic valleys. Today, perhaps 25 survive. Read the full story here.
The Flathead Beacon reports that the British Columbia government has approved a plan to address decades of coal-mining pollution in southeastern B.C.’s Elk River drainage, located upstream from one of Montana’s world-class transboundary watersheds, where researchers have confirmed the presence of mining contaminants leaching across borders from the upstream coal mines. Read the full story here.
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The Daily Inter Lake says… For the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, I got this bright idea to “retrace” Bob Marshall’s original hike in Northwest Montana from 86 years ago. In 1928, Marshall hiked from the Echo Lake Ranger Station just outside the Jewel Basin to the Seeley Lake Post Office in a little over a week. Read the full story here if you have a subscription.
The Daily Inter Lake reports that an Oklahoma man who brutally murdered a North Fork man in 1979 will have a parole hearing on Tuesday. J.R. Fletcher was convicted of deliberate homicide and sentenced to 100 years in prison for torturing and murdering Roy Cooper at his Polebridge-area home 35 years ago. Read the full story here if you have a subscription.
The Flathead Beacon reports that a government study with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says the breeding grounds of a struggling bird species need a 3-mile or larger buffer from oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects. Monday’s finding from the U.S. Geological Survey comes as the Obama administration weighs greater protections for greater sage grouse. Read the full story here.
The Hungry Horse News reports that after a three-year hiatus, a filmmaker is hoping to finish a documentary on Glacier National Park history and the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Jack Hubbell began work on “Glacier National Park: Crown of the Continent” in 2009, but his wife Rebecca was stricken with cancer. She accompanied Hubbell on most of his shoots in the Park and passed away in 2012. After that, Hubbell shelved the project for a couple of years. Read the full story here.
The Hungry Horse News reports that some of Glacier National Park’s iconic birds could see drastic reductions in summer and winter range, according to climate change modeling recently completed by the National Audubon Society. The Park is home to 25 percent of the Montana’s nesting common loon population, but the Audubon study claims that by 2080 loons will lose 56 percent of their summer range and 75 percent of their current winter range. Read the full story here.
The Hungry Horse News reports that according to a Nov. 18 report by the Montana chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the state’s schools, wastewater treatment facilities and other infrastructure are in disrepair and in need of investment. The state’s cumulative grade was a C-minus, which “basically says that our state’s infrastructure is mediocre,” according to Melissa Matassa-Stone, the Missoula engineer who chaired the committee that produced the report. Read the full story here.