Red Rooster Braised Venison

By | November 18, 2017

From Montana Outdoors magazine

FWP’s Montana Outdoors magazine has a recipe for venison that looks pretty good. It begins… This dish, perfect for a holiday dinner with guests, is based on Marcus Samuelsson’s braised short ribs served at his Red Rooster Harlem restaurant in New York City. Read the full recipe here.

NFLA’s Thanksgiving at the Hall

By | November 17, 2017

Come join your North Fork neighbors at Sondreson Hall for our annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner. Turkey and ham will be provided. Please bring a side dish and your own table setting. The doors open at 3 p.m. and dinner is served at 4 p.m.   Hosts: Steve & Christina Berg

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Thanksgiving dinner at Sondreson Hall, Pat Elliott wrote a short history in 2015 of this wonderful event. Read all about how the tradition of turkeys, the potluck, and the gathering of good friends began. And did you know that after the first Thanksgiving the tables were cleared and everyone danced?

Read here all about the first Thanksgiving Dinner at Sondreson Hall written by Pat Elliott.

Don’t Miss the North Fork Winter Dance Classes!

By | November 17, 2017

North Fork Winter Dance Classes will start on Friday, November 24 at 6:30.  The classes will be taught by dance instructor Debo Powers.  Classes are free and open to the entire North Fork Community.

Classes will be held every Friday night during the cold winter months when most people are looking for some excuse to get out of their cabins and socialize with neighbors.  Last winter, there was a great turnout for classes and many friendships were made and strengthened.  (The only exception to this schedule is that no class will be held on December 1 when the instructor will be out-of-town.)  There will be 5 classes prior to the New Year’s Eve party which will give dancers enough expertise to dance in the New Year!

The first classes will review the basic steps for Waltz, Two Step, and East Coast Swing.  After that, other dances may be introduced.

Classes are beginner-level, so don’t feel shy about participating!  You can do this!  Just come and have fun!

North Fork bids goodbye to wildland advocate Frederick

By | November 17, 2017

John Frederick on his horse Skippy. Courtesy Kristian Denny

The Missoulian has an article about John’s passing that beings… Friends of John Frederick mourn the passing of a man equally persuasive with grizzly bears on his screened porch and politicians pestering his beloved Polebridge. The longtime advocate of all wild things along the North Fork of the Flathead River died of bladder cancer on Nov. 15. He was 74. Read the full article here.

Hunter Gets Reduced Fines for Accidentally Killing 3 Sheep

By | November 17, 2017

The Daily Inter Lake reports that last fall, Jeff Fleming was facing nearly $33,000 in fines and a 30-month loss of hunting privileges — the penalties for accidentally shooting two bighorn sheep in the Knowles Creek area near Plains… in Fleming’s view, “the punishment for an accident really has to be different than the punishment for an intentional over-the-bag-limit or anything that would be dishonest or criminal.” The initial decision sent “the wrong message to hunters all across Montana… if you make a mistake, [if] it’s an honest accident, you really want to have the confidence to self-report.” Lee Anderson, warden captain for Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Region One, agreed. “We really want people to report to us when they make mistakes, and I didn’t feel that it was appropriate that he got as big a penalty as he did get” Read the full story here.

Partnering to Preserve Glacier Park

By | November 17, 2017
Riding to the Sun 2017 | photo by Debo Powers

Riding to the Sun 2017 | photo by Debo Powers

Doug Mitchell, Executive Director of the Glacier National Park Conservancy, has an article in the Hungry Horse News this week that starts what a summer we had in Glacier National Park. Just look at the numbers. Before the Going-to-the-Sun Road opened, June visitation was up 28 percent from 2016. During July, Glacier Park became the first destination national park in the West to host 1 million visitors in a single month – a number never experienced by Yellowstone, Grand Canyon or even Yosemite. Then, on Aug. 10th, my wife Julie and I, along with countless other visitors, were in the park as an epic lightning storm passed over Glacier. Read the full article here.

Big Game Hunting Season Down to Final Weeks

By | November 17, 2017

From the Flathead Beacon stock photo

The Flathead Beacon reports that big game hunting season is down to the final two weekends across Montana, and hunters are hoping for some help from Mother Nature and the rut. The general hunting season ends Nov. 26. The rut has arrived for white-tail deer across the region, which could benefit hunters along with fresh snow providing clear signs of animals moving around the mountains. Read the full article here.

John Frederick, the ‘Mayor of Polebridge’ Dies

By | November 16, 2017

John Frederick | photo from the Hungry Horse News

From the Hungry Horse News…

John Frederick, a North Fork icon, died on Wednesday morning after a long illness. He was 74.

Frederick, who was often referred to as the “Mayor of Polebridge” was one of the founding members of the North Fork Preservation Association in 1982. The association opposed the paving of the North Fork Road and promoted protection of the North Fork of the Flathead River from proposed coal mining operations in the Canada, a fight that lasted decades. He served as president for more than 30 years.

Read the full article here.