Oklahoma Sen. suggests transfer of North Fork lands to the state

The Hungry Horse News reports that the political saga continued last week over the North Fork Watershed Protection Act, as an Oklahoma Republican Senator revealed why he opposes the one-page bill and suggested that if the state really wants to protect the land, the federal government should give it to them. “Since Montanans widely support the withdrawal of the land from energy development, Congress can transfer the land in question to the state of Montana and the state can withdraw the land under their jurisdiction,” Tom Coburn wrote in an April 4 letter Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  Read the full story here.

Flannery Coats says goodbye to the North Fork

We just got the official word (and permission to print) from Flannery that she has indeed left the North Fork.  Flannery and Stuart have been running the Polebridge Mercantile for the last several years and Flannery is liked by all and loved by many.  Flannery also made a commitment to the North Fork community, serving on the NFLA Board of Directors for the last few years and taking over the responsibility of managing the NFLA Newsletter every spring.  Flannery was a joy on the North Fork and a real friend to all.

At the moment Flannery said that she’s enjoying herself on a boat in Alabama.  What a great idea.  We don’t know either her plans for her future or Stuart’s for the store, but we want to wish them both all the best for their life to  come.  Flannery… we will miss you.

NFLA 2014 Spring Newsletter

The 2014 NFLA Spring Newsletter is now available for download.  This year’s newsletter includes information about bears, upcoming activities of the North Fork History Project, what’s happening with trails, and much more.  Be sure to check it out here.  Members who have paid their 2014 dues will be receiving the newsletter and calendar in the mail as usual. You can also get the latest information about theNFLA calendar from here. Let the summer begin!

North Fork timber sale goes to bid

The Hungry Horse News reports that a proposed state timber sale in the North Fork near Winona Ridge will go out for bid this spring, according to Stillwater State Forest unit manager Brian Manning. The Moran Cyclone Timber Sale calls for harvesting up to 6 million board feet of timber from 2,901 acres on the Coal Creek State Forest.  Read the full story here.

Film premiere

The Hockaday Museum of Art will host the Flathead Valley premiere of the Montana-made film “Winter in the Blood” at the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, April 18, and at the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish on Saturday, April 19. The film is based on the first of five novels written by James Welch, a Native American poet, author, documentary scriptwriter and historical essayist. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with a wine, beer and appetizer reception in the lobby. A question and answer session will follow the film at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online purchase at www.hockadaymuseum.org or by calling 406-755-5268 and at Freedom Bank in Columbia Falls. Proceeds will benefit the Hockaday Museum.

Big happenings in our nighttime sky

The next couple of days are going to be pretty exciting if you step outside in the evening.  First, the chance of auroras has been rated high.  Check out this website for more information.  Next, the ISS is passing by in our nighttime sky.  Check out that schedule here.  Finally, last but not least, there is going to be a lunar eclipse on the evening of April 14-15, around midnight.  You can get more information about that here.  So don’t hesitate to step outside and look up.  It’s going to be a good show.