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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

Firewise USA has approved the North Fork’s renewal application

By | November 11, 2019

Fire Training: photo by Allen Chrisman

Here’s a note from Molly Shepherd…

Firewise USA has approved the North Fork’s renewal application, so we’re in good standing for the 2020 calendar year.  We had contributed time valued at almost $23,500, a little less than last year but still more than twice the required amount for a community our size.

Thanks to all of you who supported and contributed your time to our Firewise program this year.

The Fall 2019 NFLA newsletter is now available for download

By | November 8, 2019

Here’s a note from Bill Walker…

The Fall 2019 NFLA newsletter is now available for download from the NFLA website’s “Newsletters” page (http://nflandowners.com/newsletters/).

If your newsletter arrived in damaged condition (for some reason, the postal service processing equipment was in mangle mode), contact Chris Heitz (chrisirv2@gmail.com) for a new copy — or just download it from the website.

Note: The mystery photo from the 1990 Fourth of July parade has been identified. It is Dan Deck singing with other members of the Kalispell Presbyterian Choir.

Debo Powers Ready to Represent the District

By | November 3, 2019

As you’ve probably all heard by now, on Oct. 23, the Flathead County commissioners appointed our very own Debo Powers State Representative for Columbia Falls, the North Fork and the U.S. 2 corridor to Glacier National Park, following Democrat Rep. Zac Perry’s resignation.

There’s a wonderful article in the Daily Interlake that tells all about it. Check that out here.

Congratulations Debo!

Looking for a home with room to roam

By | October 25, 2019

Here’s a message from Betsy Walker…

Meet Aurora, a Great Pyrenees mix (I think mom had lots of akbash in her.) She is not quite a year old yet, born 12/8/19. She is chipped and up to date on shots, needs to be fixed at 18 m old. She is still a puppy and plays like one. Also crate trained.

She is very affectionate, great with children and good with other dogs. Sadly, her family cannot keep her (she’s just not cut out for livestock work, which is what her family needs. She’d rather be a pet 😉.)

Thought I’d see if someone in the North Fork area might like to add her to their family.

She’s a big sweet fluffball. Leaving the only home she’s known will be an adjustment, but she will make a loving and loyal addition once she’s settled in, as well as a great guardian against unwelcome wildlife.

Please message me if you are interested and I will connect you to her current owners. If you don’t have a Facebook account, get into contact with us here at NFNews and we’ll pass it along.

North Fork Road Hideous

By | October 23, 2019

Here’s a note from Gerry Stearns…

As of 10/22, North Fork Road hideous: Muddy, slippery and dangerous. The grader was coming up, though, but don’t know how far. Had done to about Great Northern Flats.

Flathead Forest Supervisor Chip Weber to Retire

By | October 21, 2019

Chip Weber, the Forest Supervisor for the Flathead National Forest, has announced his plans to retire on January 01, 2020 after a thirty three year career that has taken him to four different regions of the forest service and seven different national forests. He has served the Flathead National Forest for nine years during which time the forest has been successful in meeting the multiple-use mission through an integrated program of work, community partnerships and the dedication of employees across the forest.

“The Forest Service’s motto is ‘caring for the land and serving people,’ and Chip’s distinguished career reflects that commitment and service,” said Regional Forester Leanne Marten. “I want to congratulate Chip on his upcoming retirement, and thank him for his dedication to his employees, communities and partners.”

Born and raised in New Jersey, Weber spent a lot of time camping in Upstate New York and New England where the joy he found in the outdoors led to his career choice. He earned a bachelor’s degree in forest management from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in forest ecology and silviculture from the University of Washington.

Weber started his Forest Service career in 1987 on an ecology crew in Oregon. From there he expanded his experience to include botany, forestry, silviculture, biology and fire all setting him up perfectly for his next step into the natural resource specialist position on the Hoosier National Forest in Indiana. After the Hoosier, he moved back west where he spent the next nine years in two district ranger assignments, the first on the Wrangell Ranger district on the Tongass National Forest in Alaska and then the Middle Fork district on the Willamette National Forests in Oregon. Over his thirty three year career he also worked as director of forest management in Alaska, threatened and endangered species coordinator in the Eastern Region of the Forest Service, and worked in the Washington, D.C., headquarters budget office.

Weber’s time with the Forest Service has taken him all over the country, but when the Forest Supervisor position came open on the Flathead National Forest in 2010 Weber knew he wanted Montana to be his last best place for public service.

Reflecting on his career, Weber said, “I’m incredibly thankful for the amount of time I’ve been able to spend in northwest Montana during my career, I’m especially proud of all of the work we’ve been able to accomplish through the help of everyone in the community and our hard-working employees on the Flathead National Forest.”

Always open to new experiences Weber is ready for his next adventure. He is looking forward to continuing his outdoor pursuits of hunting, fishing and golfing, and spending more time with family and friends in retirement. A new forest supervisor is expected to be in place by the time Weber retires.

Glacier Gateway Project

By | October 12, 2019

Here’s a note from Bill Walker…

In case you haven’t heard about it already, the Vital Ground Foundation and the US Forest Serviceare working on something called the “Glacier Gateway Project.”

They are proposing to acquire two properties totaling about 23 acres using Land and Water Conservation Funds (LWCF). The parcels are along the section of the Polebridge Loop Road between the Polebridge Mercantile and the entrance to Glacier National Park. The acquisition would connect adjacent public lands managed by the Flathead National Forest along the designated Wild and Scenic corridor of the North Fork Flathead River.

The owners of both properties are willing sellers who wish to protect their lands from further development. (There are rumors of one potential buyer wanting to establish an RV park.)

The link below takes you to a general article, including links to the project documentation:


Debo Powers Candidate to Replace House District 3 Representative Zac Perry

By | October 11, 2019

The North Fork’s very own Debo Powers is running as a candidate to replace House District 3 Representative Zac Perry who resigned in September. Get more details about this race from the Hungry Horse News article that says… “Powers is a writer for the North Fork News and President of the North Fork Preservation Association.”

Although Debo has indeed been a long time and valued contributor to NFNews, we all know that she has done much more for the North Fork community than that, including… currently on the Flathead Resource Advisory Committee, past President of the North Fork Landowner’s Association, a Forest Service volunteer fire lookout for Cyclone every summer, a volunteer road patroller for Glacier National Park in the springtime, one of the founders of the North Fork History Project, free dance lessons at the hall all winter long, volunteer caller and teacher for square dances at the community hall during the summer, noxious weed puller, hike leader, snowshoe softballer, Christmas caroler, garden tour organizer, Polebridge 4th of July parade participant… and on and on.

So when you see Debo, offer your congratulations and ask her how you can help. She would make an absolutely great Representative for both the North Fork and Flathead County.


More Snow on the NF

By | October 8, 2019

Although it’s not news for the folks who are living on the North Fork right now, we’ve been getting reports that it’s snowing again. This has all the hallmarks of being a long and snowy winter! Here’s a photo from Debo…

Snow on the NF | photo by Debo Powers