Kalispell fitness centers hosting Montana Arthritis Program classes

The Daily Inter Lake reports says that millions of Americans and thousands of Montanans suffer from some kind of arthritis in their daily lives. Programs run by the Department of Public Health and Human Services seek to offer reprieves from the painful affliction. The Montana Arthritis Program offers physical activity and self-management education programs such as the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program and Walk with Ease. Read the full story here.


Mass Visitation and Mountain Goats: Ecology and Management of an Alpine Icon – Aug. 12

by Wesley Sarmento

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Glacier National Park Community Building

Wildlife habituation at Logan Pass is a priority concern in the new Going-to-the-Sun Road Management Plan. Wesley Sarmento, Master’s student at the University of Montana, will talk about his mountain goat research project. Sarmento studies and tracks habituated goats at Logan Pass in order to better understand how people influence mountain goat behavior and ecology.

Born and raised in the Rocky Mountains, Wesley Sarmento has studied wildlife for over seven years. As a National Geographic “Young Explorer,” he conducted conservation research of the world’s largest wild sheep, argali, in Mongolia, where he lived for one year among traditional nomadic people. His passion for field work has also led him to remote regions of Northern Alaska to study biodiversity and shrinking wetlands. For the last three summers, Sarmento has had the opportunity to work on mountain goat research in Glacier National Park.

Unhealthy Air Conditions as Smoky Skies Plague Western Montana

The Flathead Beacon reports that widespread smoke has blanketed western Montana, creating unhealthy air conditions, according to state health officials. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality alert Monday for Lincoln County due to elevated particulate concentrations. Air quality in Libby is currently “unhealthy,” according to the agency. Read the full story here.

Everyone wants to know where the smoke is coming from. Here’s a map from this morning…


Responding to Climate Change: An Organizational Perspective – Aug 5

Jeff Mow, Glacier National Park Superintendent

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Glacier National Park Community Building

The Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center at Glacier National Park is hosting a brown-bag luncheon presentation by Glacier National Park Superintendent Jeff Mow. The free presentation, “Responding to Climate Change: An Organizational Perspective,” is Wednesday, August 5, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the park’s community building in West Glacier. Continue reading

Saturday is Steak Night at Home Ranch Bottoms – Aug. 15

Angie and Shawn Agnew

Angie and Shawn Agnew – owners of the Home Ranch Bottoms

Angie posted a notice on the North Fork Classifieds that says… Home Ranch will be having the next steak night Saturday August 15th. We will be offering a 1inch ribeye with loaded baked potato and salad for $22.50. Please call 888-5572 to reserve / pre order your steak. We are limited on space so plan to visit with friends old and new while we’re custom grilling your steak.

NFNews stopped for a beer at the last steak night and they looked delicious with a baked potato and salad. We highly recommend that you drop by.


Fire Update – Tuesday Morning

The latest Wildland Fire Potential Outlook just came out…


A fire information phone line for the Reynolds Creek fire has been established at 406-732-7791.

Here’s information from the local papers:

Reynolds Creek Fire

Check the latest information about the Reynolds Creek Fire on Inciweb here.

Total Personnel 440
Size 3,913 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 67%
Fuels Involved
Mixed conifer (trees), shrubs, and grass
Significant Events
Heavy smoke in the area reduced fire activity over the majority of the fire.Slow burn of ground fuels in the unburned islands well inside the perimeter was experienced in the Rose Creek drainage area.
Planned Actions
Aerial supported line construction, holding operations and mop up will continue. Continued structure protection in the Rising Sun developed area and response to increases in fire activity near constructed containment lines.
Projected Incident Activity
Unburned islands well within the fire perimeter will continue to burnout as fuels continue to dry out and become receptive to adjacent heat. Fire activity will continue to occur in the Rose Creek Drainage.

Get more information about fire conditions on our Weather, road, and more page.

Dry Days Bring Ferocious Start to Fire Season

Here is an interesting article from the New York Times sent to us by Molly Shepherd that says… Officials are warning about the potential for more catastrophe in the months ahead, as drought, heat and climate change leave the landscape ever thirstier. Read the full article here.

From the New York Times… A helicopter carried water past a wheat field to douse the Blue Creek wildfire near Walla Walla, Wash., on July 22.