Bear Cam: Grizzlies Put on Regular Show in Mission Mountains

By | September 25, 2018

The Flathead Beacon has an article that begins…

When Stacey Thoft-Plimmer has a rough day at work, she comes home and checks how many grizzly bears are hanging around her dad’s place.

“It’s a stress-reliever,” Thoft-Plimmer said. “You go out and get the cameras and see what you got. It’s fun.”

Read the full article here and get the link to the bear cam.

A Bountiful Harvest

By | September 25, 2018

Cherry harvest at Bigfork Orchards. Beacon file photo.

The Flathead Beacon has an article that begins…

A wet spring and early summer coupled with months of dry heat have led to a particularly successful harvest season in the Flathead Valley, from the wheat growing on the valley floor to the cherries hanging on trees in Yellow Bay.

“All the crops are coming in slightly above average,” said Andy Lybeck, agronomy department manager for CHS Kalispell said. “Winter wheat seems to be an above-average crop for the year.”

Read the full article here.

Judge Restores Protections for Grizzly Bears, Blocking Hunts

By | September 25, 2018


The Flathead Beacon reports that a U.S. judge has restored federal protections to grizzly bears in the Northern Rocky Mountains and blocked the first hunts planned for the animals in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades.

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen’s order Monday came after he had twice delayed hunts in Wyoming and Idaho just as they were set to begin.

Read the full article here.

Read the same article here at the Montana Public Radio website.

House District 3 Candidate Forum! – Oct. 4 REMINDER

By | September 25, 2018

Mark your calendars! Following is a message from Michelle (Kenna) Halsey…

Since the summer of 2017, The North Fork Forum has facilitated regular community discussions about the U.S. Constitution and related issues. Our goal has been to create a community dialogue that can bridge the political divide that is now so apparent in our government/political system. As we look forward to the upcoming elections, it seems only natural to continue this dialogue process! 

As part of that continuing effort, we are hosting a candidate forum in advance of the 2018 midterm elections for the Montana State House of Representatives. 

As you likely know, Polebridge is represented in House District 3 (HD3) by incumbent Democrat Zac Perry, who is being challenged by Republican Jerry O’Neil and Libertarian Shawn Guymon. HD3 also includes Columbia Falls and parts of Hungry Horse. All three candidates have accepted an invitation to attend our candidate forum! 

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to come get to know your candidates! The event will be moderated by Nicky Ouellet, the Flathead Valley Reporter from Montana Public Radio! Each candidate will have an opportunity to respond to questions submitted by the community. More details will follow, but for now, please save the date! 

Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 6:30 pm!
Sondreson Community Hall 

Please bring a snack to share! 

Questions? Email Kenna Halsey at or call 971-244-8500 

Birds of Prey – Up Close

By | September 24, 2018

Spencer, a barred owl, at the Birds of Prey Festival at Lone Pine State Park on Sunday (Casey Kreider photos/Daily Inter Lake)

The Daily Inter Lake has an article that begins…

Oohs and aahs were very audible at Montana Wild Wings’ Birds of Prey Festival at Lone Pine State Park recently.

Several hundred people packed the park grounds and visitor’s center to see more than a dozen species of raptors and owls that volunteers from the Kalispell-based nonprofit had on display.

Read the full article here.

Land and Water Conservation Fund Set to Expire

By | September 24, 2018

The Daily Inter Lake reports that the clock is ticking for the U.S. Congress to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, set to expire at the end of September.

Advocates for conservation of fish, wildlife and public lands are asking outdoor enthusiasts to contact their elected representatives to vote to renew and permanently reauthorize the fund on an annual basis.

Read the full article here.