North Fork man’s foot burned in outbuilding fire

The Hungry Horse News reports that a North Fork man suffered burns to his foot after a fire destroyed an outbuilding at his home about 11 miles south of the Canada border on Thursday, April 16. The incident started when Doug Barnes was burning some material outside his home and had gone inside. The small fire spread to the outbuilding and completely engulfed the structure by the time neighbors smelled smoke and alerted him to the fire about 1:30 p.m. Read the full story here.

 

2015 NFLA Spring Newsletter is Here

The 2015 NFLA Spring Newsletter and calendar are completed and on their way. Folks who have paid their 2015 dues will receive their newsletter/calendar in the mail soon. Not yet a member? Then check out the NFLA website for more information about how to get online access to the 2015 Spring Newsletter and also how to join the NFLA. It’s going to be a great summer on the North Fork and you’re not going to want to miss a minute of it.

Hunting Permit Drawing Complete

Hunters waiting to hear if they drew a deer or elk permit can check the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website now for drawing results. The first big game resident and nonresident hunting permit and license drawings of the year were complete today at 1 p.m. Hunters can visit FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov for drawing results. Click “Drawing Status” or MyFWP to enter your ALS number. Any remaining nonresident combination licenses will be available via a first-come first-served sale set to begin May 4.

Other important application deadlines for hunters are May 1 to apply for moose, bighorn sheep, bison and mountain goat licenses; and June 1 for antelope, deer B and elk B licenses.

Lawsuit filed over rare Glacier Park insect

The Daily Inter Lake reports that wildlife advocates asked a judge Wednesday to force federal officials to decide if a rare aquatic insect found only in Glacier National Park should be protected under the Endangered Species Act. Western glacier stoneflies were first identified by scientists in 1963. They live in streams fed by cold water from glaciers. Read the full story here.

 

Timber trespasser sentenced

The Hungry Horse News reports that a man accused of illegally cutting down 1,034 beetle-infested trees on National Forest land was sentenced in federal court in Missoula on March 5. Charles McAlpine was ordered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch to one year of probation, $11,430 in restitution to the Forest Service and a $5,000 fine. Read the full story here.