Stolen Raft

The following is a message from the North Fork Patrol…

Sometime between Wednesday evening and Friday morning, a gray river raft with a rowing platform, which was attached to a green trailer, was stolen from the owner’s locked shed in the Kintla Ranch vicinity.  Unknown perpetrator(s) opened a locked gate to gain access to the property.

With all the traffic on the road for yesterday’s Thanksgiving Dinner at the Hall, surely someone must have seen something……at any rate, a boat being hauled behind a vehicle on a trailer is a little unusual at this time of year.

Please pass this word out to family and friends, whether they be up here or down in the valley.  Anyone with knowledge of this incident should contact Deputy Smith of the Flathead County Sheriff’s Department @ 1-406-758-5565.

Thank you and any assistance you can give is greatly appreciated!

Produce in Costco Salad Linked to E. Coli is Being Recalled

The Flathead Beacon reports that federal officials say a business is recalling a vegetable mix believed to be the source of E.coli in Costco chicken salad that has been linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states. Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. of Tracy, California, has recalled a mix of diced celery and onion used in Costco chicken salad and other foods containing celery “out of an abundance of caution,” the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement Thursday. Read the full story here.

Hunting season heads into final days

The Daily Inter Lake reports that hunters who have yet to fill their freezers still have a few days left before the general season for deer, elk and most other big game in the state wraps up Sunday. While elk are notoriously elusive, the numbers this year indicate that the ungulates’ numbers are high this year, particularly compared with previous paltry success rates for hunters in Northwestern Montana. Read the full story here.

Park considering ‘historic leases’ for Lake McDonald cabins

Photo by Chris Peterson of the Hungry Horse News

The Hungry Horse News reports that Glacier National Park officials are contemplating the idea of leasing several historic cabins along the shores of Lake McDonald. The Park first floated the idea back in 2011, but a formal environmental analysis of the program should be released in the coming months. The Park has identified several cabins that could be used in the program. The leases would likely be long-term — 60 years — because many of the cabins need significant work. It’s difficult, if not impossible, for a leaseholder to get a loan for repairs without a long-term lease, noted Mary Riddle, chief of planning and environmental compliance for the Park. Read the full story here.

Thanksgiving dinner feeds 10 for about 50 bucks

From the Hungry Horse News

The Hungry Horse News reports that the annual Thanksgiving feast this year will cost a little more, the Montana Farm Bureau notes, but it’s still a cheap meal. The American Farm Bureau’s classic Thanksgiving Dinner Survey shows the average cost of feeding 10 people this year is $50.11, increasing less than 2 percent from 2014. That comes to only a 70-cent increase from 2014. Increases in the average price for turkey, pumpkin pie mix, brown-n-serve rolls, cubed bread stuffing and pie shells are the main drivers behind the modest increase. Read the full story here.