Elk and Deer Special Application Drawing Deadline is March 15; Changes in Permit Types for Region One

Hunters are reminded that the deadline for applying for bull and antlerless elk and mule deer buck permits is March 15.  The deer and elk permit application packet is available at FWP license providers and online at FWP’s website:  fwp.mt.gov.  The deer and elk permit application packet explains the rules for each hunting district and gives directions for applying.  Hunters can apply online, or they may stop in to the FWP Office on North Meridian Road and apply in person. Continue reading

North Fork Winter Ball on Friday, February 3

Naomi and Duke Hoiland dancing the night away - photo by Kenna Halsey

Naomi and Duke Hoiland dancing the night away – photo by Kenna Halsey

Come join your North Fork neighbors for a Winter Ball at the Community Hall on Friday, February 3 at 7:00.  Bring a snack to share and dance your heart out with your friends and neighbors!  The theme is North Fork Winter and wear whatever is your Interpretation of Winter……anything from snowsuit to a winter ball gown……..just so you wear shoes that you can dance in!

Sponsored by the North Fork Dancers.

Last dance class is Friday, January 27 @6:30 at The Hall.

Realtors want short-term rentals throughout county

The Daily Inter Lake reports that a local Realtor group has proposed a zoning text amendment that would allow short-term rental housing throughout Flathead County. The Northwest Montana Association of Realtors is asking the county to change zoning regulations to add short-term rentals as a conditional use in agricultural and residential zones throughout the county, as well as in areas that have their own zoning districts, including Little Bitterroot Lake, West Valley, Rogers Lake, Ashley Lake, Labrant/Lindsey Lane, North Fork and Lakeside. The Flathead County Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the proposal at its Feb. 8 meeting. The Planning Board will make a recommendation and forward it to the county commissioners for a second public hearing and final decision. Read the full article here.

A message from Mark Mussman, CFM, Director dated January 5, 2017 and from Flathead County Planning and Zoning…

The Northwest Montana Association of Realtors has submitted a zoning regulations text amendment to allow short-term rentals, or vacation rentals, with the approval of an Administrative Conditional Use Permit in the following zoning districts: AG _ 80, AG-40, AG-20, SAG-10, SAGoS, R-2.S, R-I, R-2, R-3, R-4, R-S, RC-I, RA-I, Ashley Lake, Labrant/Lindsey Lane, Lakeside, North Fork, Rogers Lake, and West Valley.

The Flathead County Planning Board will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. in the 2nd floor conference of the South Campus Building located at 40 11th Street West, Kalispell, MT to consider this request. I have attached the proposed standards for Short-term Rental Housing submitted with the application for your review.

Please feel free to attend the hearing and submit comments. You may also submit written comments to the Department. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Click here for a pdf version of the amendment.

NFNews Calendar for the week of Jan. 22

We have a pretty busy week considering that it’s the middle of January…

  • Sunday, Jan. 22 – UPDATE FROM DEBO: Hello North Fork Dancers! Not even DANCING can compete with FOOTBALL!  J  So, we are offering a combination! Our Dance Lessons will continue TONIGHT (Sunday, January 22)……..between football games Please note change of venue.  No lessons at the Hall tonight.  They will happen at the Leigh’s place. The first game starts at 1:05 and the second at 4:40.  Dance lessons will occur between the two games……around 4:00?  We may dance during the half-time of the second game also. Feel free to come by and watch the games………and dance too!  Please bring a snack to share.
  • Monday, Jan. 23 – The Hungry Horse News reports that a film on climate change is screening at the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish on Monday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. “Before the Flood”, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 25 – A series of lectures about our wilderness will be presented during January-March of 2017 from 7:00PM-8:30PM at the Flathead Valley Community College, Arts & Technology Building, Room 139. There is no charge and everyone is welcome.
  • Friday, Jan. 27 – Debo’s last dance class until she returns in the late spring. Come join your friends and neighbors at Sondreson Hall from 6:30PM-8:30PM.

Check out all the upcoming events on the NFNews Calendar.

Elk Meetings Later This Month

A cow and bull elk cool off in a high mountain lake off the Swan Crest last week. From the Hungry Horse News.

The Hungry Horse News reports that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is getting an early start on elk hunting regulations and season setting this month. A series of public meetings are being held to garner public input. The meeting in Kalispell is Jan. 31, 7-9 p.m. at the Flathead Valley Community College in the Arts and Technology Building, Room 131. Read the full story here.