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By | October 7, 2019

A cold and snowy day
Hello to all of our loyal NFNews readers,

Well, the folks at NFNews aren’t on the North Fork very much these days, so we’ve slowed down our posts to NFNews. If you have some information that you would like to share with the North Fork community, send it along and we’ll post it. We’ll also post notices sent to us by the various agencies (e.g., Forest Service, Park, etc.). But otherwise, news is going to be slow.

The best way to get this sort of intermittent news is by signing up for the email (see the sidebar to sign up). That way, you’ll get notified of new posts and won’t have to keep coming back to the NFNews home page. We promise that we never share our reader’s emails with anyone.

You might consider signing up for the North Fork Classifieds on Facebook… to do so tap here. Also, check out the NFLA website and NFPA website for news on what’s happening with those organizations.

Enjoy the fall and early winter on the North Fork!

Patti Hart
Editor, NFNews

North Valley Rescue conducting training on Saturday, Feb. 29

By | February 26, 2020

Following is a note from Mark Heaphy…

This Saturday, February 29th, members of North Valley Rescue will be conducting training in the vicinity of Trail Creek/Kintla Ranch. The Two Bear Air helicopter will be in the area for about 1-1/2 hours in the morning if weather and conditions permit.

If you have any questions, please contact Mark at 406-890-5043 or m-mheaphy@hotmail.com.

2020 Winter Ball

By | February 16, 2020

The 2020 Winter Ball held on Valentine’s Day at Sondreson Hall was a great success. Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make it possible. An additional thanks to all the folks who came. Finally, a big thanks to Representative Debo Powers for all the dance lessons! Here are some photos that Kenna Halsey shared.

Want to see photos from Balls of Winter’s past? Tap here for a page that will take you to all of the Winter Balls.

Don’t forget that you can tap on any photo to start a slide show.

Last dance class before the Winter Ball

By | February 7, 2020

Hello NF Dancers!

Our last dance class before the Winter Ball is Sunday, February 9 at 6:00 at the Hall.  The Winter Ball is on Friday, February 14 at 7:00.

Inexpensive ball gowns ($5-10) are available at the thrift store on the right as you enter Columbia Falls (before the Post Office), but they are only open on Tuesday and Thursday…..They have put their dresses out early because of the NF Winter Ball!


Reminder – 2020 Winter Interlocal

By | February 7, 2020

Here’s a note from Bill Walker…

As many of you likely know, the Winter 2020 North Fork Interlocal Agreement Meeting is at 10:00am, on Wednesday, February 12, at Flathead National Forest Headquarters, 650 Wolfpack Way in Kalispell. This winter’s Interlocal is hosted by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC).

Interlocal meetings are held twice each year, winter and summer. These semi-annual get-togethers are intended to encourage open discussion between North Fork landowners and neighbors and local, state and federal agencies.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.


By | February 3, 2020
Time: Saturday February 22nd Noon
Location: 1276 Long Bow Trail, Polebridge
To all North Forkers, friends and family – come play in the snow. The weather cooperated for the January game and hopefully will do the same in February!
Please bring a dish to share, and if you have extra snowshoes bring them along for those who might want to borrow a pair. If you like to play music bring your instruments along. There is a pretty good amount of parking but carpool if you can.
Hope to see you here
Lorna and Jim

Free the Seeds! 5th Annual Fair

By | February 3, 2020

North Fork greenhouse by Debo Powers

Join Free the Seeds! on March 7, 2020, 9 am-3:30 pm, at Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell, Montana, for our 5th annual fair. This is a FREE community-powered event that encourages people to build a sustainable and resilient future through real seeds, real food, and real skills. The annual daylong fair features a giant seed swap, 40+ booths, 24 skill-building workshops, 4 panel discussions, and kids’ activities (ages 8+). Every aspect of the event emphasizes the importance of a strong local food system and each attendee’s role in it.

Free the Seeds! is a program of Farm Hands – Nourish the Flathead, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information about the 5th annual fair, or to become a sponsor of Free the Seeds!, visit freetheseedsmontana.com.

Date: March 7, 2020
Time: 9 am – 3:30PM
Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC), Arts & Technology Building
Call 406-756-3822 for more information

Lawmakers reflect on Legislative Week, annual sessions

By | February 3, 2020

Nice summary with some quotes from Debo…

Lawmakers reflect on Legislative Week, annual sessions

Local politicians have plenty to ponder coming away from Montana’s first-ever “Legislative Week.” Montana legislators gathered, received training and met with interim committees Jan. 13-17. Many legislators still feel Montana should move to annual legislative sessions. Only four states – Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Texas – still do biennial sessions.

Road Report From Bill Smith – Feb. 2 at 9PM

By | February 2, 2020

The road froze overnight with a dusting of snow. Driving down today, conditions were back to normal snow on ice North of Coal Creek. The bottom was a mixed bag of surface conditions as the temperature hovered around freezing. Oddly, there was almost as much North bound traffic up to Camas as one might expect on a summer weekend. Global warming I suppose. Cheers