Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear

A wet bear in Glacier National Park. Courtesy USGS

A wet bear in Glacier National Park. Courtesy USGS

The Flathead Beacon says that Tabitha Graves was an ecologist with a conundrum. She had a big question and no way to find answers. The West Glacier-based U.S. Geological Survey scientist, who is best known for her local huckleberry research, wanted to understand the genetic diversity of grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem. But traditional methods of scientific investigation — such as mark-recapture, tracking technology, and observational assessments — don’t typically produce sufficient or comprehensive results for solitary and wide-ranging large carnivores like grizzlies. Read the full story here.

North Fork Bible study

Message from Vernon Pettey… This is a reminder that the North Fork Bible study will be at Sonderson Hall this coming Wednesday evening, Dec. 14. Potluck meal is at 5:30 pm and Bible study 6:30-7:30 pm. We will be continuing our study in the book of John chapter 4 and maybe into chapter 5. Looking forward to a good time of fellowship, study and prayer.

Whitefish Mountain to open with 17 trails, 5 lifts

Whitefish Mountain Resort Tim Healy, a slope maintenance member at Whitefish Mountain Resort, checks a snow-making machine on Ed's Run at the resort on Friday. (Aaric Bryan/Daily Inter Lake)

Whitefish Mountain Resort Tim Healy, a slope maintenance member at Whitefish Mountain Resort, checks a snow-making machine on Ed’s Run at the resort on Friday. (Aaric Bryan/Daily Inter Lake)

The Daily Inter Lake reports that first chair officially lifts off at Whitefish Mountain Resort on Wednesday for the 2016-2017 ski season. The resort on Tuesday announced that nearly 2 feet of snow has fallen in the last week. Five lifts and seventeen trails in total will be open Wednesday, although a resort press release said additional terrain and lifts may become available during the day and by weekend, which will be determined by ski patrol. Read the full story here.