Weather Forecast: Warm temperatures and afternoon thunderstorms all week

By | May 22, 2018

KPAX reports that an area of high pressure will build over the northern Rockies allowing for very warm temperatures especially by the middle and end of this week.

The highs to start the week will be in the 70’s with temperatures by the end of the week reaching the upper 70’s to middle 80’s. Every afternoon this week scattered thunderstorms will develop with areas closer towards the divide in southwest Montana having the best chance of seeing these thunderstorms.

… The next area we will be keeping an eye on is the Flathead River. As of now, it is not showing signs of reaching flood stage, however, this area of northwest Montana remains a concern for potential flooding in the coming weeks.

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Roads Open in Glacier Park; Plows Continue to Inch Toward Logan Pass

By | May 22, 2018

Plowing on Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road. Beacon file photo

The Flathead Beacon reports that winter is slowly but surely releasing its icy grip on Glacier National Park, but there’s still plenty of snow standing in the way of opening the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road.

As of last week, the Bowman Lake, Many Glacier, Two Medicine and Chief Mountain roads in Glacier National Park had been plowed and were open to the public. The Bowman Lake campground is open with limited services. The Two Medicine and Many Glacier campgrounds remain closed due to snow.

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Enjoy Memorial Day on the water, but be safe, know the rules and Clean, Drain, Dry

By | May 22, 2018

Memorial Day in Montana is the unofficial start to summer, and as boaters flock to the amazing rivers and lakes across the state, they need to keep in mind the new rules aimed at limiting and preventing aquatic invasive species from spreading.

All watercraft coming into Montana from out of state must be inspected prior to launching. Additionally, all watercraft travelling west across the Continental Divide into the Columbia River Basin must be inspected. All watercraft launching anywhere within the Flathead Basin and a watercraft that was last launched on waters outside of the Flathead Basin must be inspected.

To accommodate these new rules, inspection stations are set up across Montana, with the goal of protecting Montana’s borders and the Continental Divide. Continue reading

Wolf numbers remained strong in 2017

By | May 22, 2018

Wolf in the yard by Mark HeaphyAccording to the 2017 Montana Gray Wolf Program Annual Report, population estimates suggest there are approximately 900 wolves in Montana. This marks the 13th consecutive year that Montana has far exceeded wolf recovery goals.

FWP now estimates wolf numbers using a method called POM, or Patch Occupancy Modeling.  The old way of trying to count wolves from an airplane became a less and less accurate picture of wolf numbers as the wolf population grew beyond anyone’s ability to count it. Additionally, the old method was expensive and took up a lot of staff time.

FWP has used POM estimates along with the old minimum counts for several years.  POM uses wolf sightings reported to FWP during annual deer hunter surveys, known wolf locations, habitat variables and research-based wolf territory and pack sizes to estimate wolf distribution and population size across the state.  The most recent POM estimates were 961 wolves in 2015 and 851 in 2016.  Data has been gathered for 2017 estimates and analysis will take place during summer 2018. Continue reading

John Frederick’s Memorial

By | May 22, 2018

Last Saturday a large group of friends and neighbors gathered at Sondreson Hall in memory of an extraordinary North Forker, John Frederick. This was an opportunity for folks to talk about all of John’s accomplishments over the decades on behalf of the North Fork and share memories. Here are some photos that Suzanne Daniel sent along. Tap on one of these photos to start a slide show.

Calendar for the Week of May 20

By | May 21, 2018

Things are happening this week.

  • May 23 – Gardner’s Round Table AND the Wernick’s Farmers Market are starting at 10AM. Sorry for the confusion about the time. The Wernicks will have geraniums, seed potato starts, tomato starts, and other vegetable starts for sale. This event happens every other week throughout the summer.
  • May 24 – First North Fork Forum Meeting – Come join your friends and neighbors for a stimulating conversation. When: Thursday, May 24 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM MDT Where: Sondreson Hall. For more information about the North Fork Forum see https://www.facebook.com/events/233330987227585/