Glacier Park Fire Doubles in Size Overnight

By | August 18, 2017

The Sprague Fire burns east of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park on Aug. 11, 2017. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

The Flathead Beacon reports that a fire burning in the mountains east of Lake McDonald doubled in size overnight in Glacier National Park. As of Thursday morning, the Sprague Fire had burned 200 acres, forcing the closure of numerous trails and the historic Sperry Chalet. Firefighters have been working all week to keep the blaze within natural and human-made firebreaks due to steep terrain and a concern for firefighter safety. Officials say it is likely the Sprague Fire will grow in the coming weeks and continue to burn until the first snowfall. Read the full story here.


The Great American Eclipse

By | August 18, 2017


The Flathead Beacon reports that for the first time in a quarter century, a total eclipse will be seen from the United States. NASA estimates that 500 million people will be able to see the total or partial eclipse on Aug. 21, in what has been dubbed “The Great American Eclipse.” Here in Northwest Montana, we’ll be treated to a partial eclipse that day where the moon will block out most of the sun for about 30 minutes. Further south, the moon will block out the entire sun in what is called the “path of totality.” Millions of people are expected to converge on this narrow band of land — about 70 miles wide — stretching from Lincoln Beach, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. Within the path of totality, the moon will block the sun for more than two minutes.

Read the full story here.


By | August 18, 2017
Impacts/Timing: A dry cold front will create dry and breezy
  conditions beginning on the ridge tops early this afternoon,
  then into the lower elevations in the late afternoon and
  evening. Wind and dry conditions will likely occur on the
  midslopes and ridges well into the overnight hours tonight.

* Winds: West winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph through
  exposed areas. Peak winds are expected between 6 to 9 pm.

* Minimum humidities: 8 to 18 percent.

Dig into this year’s upland game bird program access guide

By | August 18, 2017

To get started, hunters can refer to the Projects Access Guide, published annually by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program. The guide includes project maps that depict boundaries of private lands enrolled in the UGBEP. Once hunters have obtained the landowner’s permission to hunt, the maps with access boundaries can be an invaluable tool for hunters to locate UGBEP project areas.

The UGBEP Projects Access Guide also contains information on habitat enhancement work done on public lands, Open Fields, pheasant release sites, and the method used to obtain permission in order to hunt upland game birds. Continue reading

Crazy Hat Square Dance – This Saturday Night

By | August 17, 2017
The Ulrichsen were stiff competition in 2015

The Ulrichsen family were stiff competition in 2015

Don’t forget about the Crazy Hat Square Dance this coming Saturday night. Make up the best crazy hat and win a prize…. your choice between one of two pies (we’ll eat the other at the dance).

Debo Powers will be teaching all the square dance moves and calling all the dances, which you know will be fun.

So come join your neighbors and friends for this North Fork tradition – Saturday night, August 19th, starting at 8PM at Sondreson Hall. Bring a snack to share with everyone between dances!

Hosted by the Harts

2017 Community Picnic

By | August 17, 2017
Three Musketeers, sponsors of this year's Community Picnic

Three Musketeers, sponsors of this year’s Community Picnic: Linda Pittman, Jan Caldwell, and Val Cox

The community picnic held at Sondreson Meadows last Tuesday was a great success. As Val Cox reports… It was a nice day, good food, and fun playing beanbag toss and horseshoes. Thank you to Jan and Alice Caldwell for their hard work. Special kudos to Jan for providing a much needed sanitation facility at Sonderson Meadow as pictured here.

Pontoon Boats for Sale

By | August 17, 2017

Rayna Eyster sent in the following …

Pontoon Boat 1

For Sale: Black hawk fishing pontoon boat. Gently used. Always stored in garage. Similar new on sale at Cabelas for $700. Offered at $350. Many accessories never used.

San Juan Inflatable Pontoon Boat

Also for sale: San Juan Inflatable Pontoon Boat. 7ft length by 54” width. Gently used. Similar boats sell for $495. Offered at $250.

If interested, contact Rayna Eyster at 785 Moose Creek Rd. Directions: take Moose Creek Rd. To Right on FS 1671. To FS 5307. When reach gate pass through and turn right on driveway, cabin on left about .6 mile. ( about 6 miles from NF road). Leave message in mailbox (on NF road) with phone and email. Or can send a message to my sat phone.

Directions for sending a text through your email:

  1. Google inmarsat send a message
  2. Select Free SMS text Send a message to any Isat Phone Pro – Inmarsat
  3. My sat phone number to fill in to send message to +870776789597
  4. In message leave phone number and I can text you back.

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