Events for the week of July 24

This is going to be a busy week around the North Fork…

  • Interactive dance performance to bring attention to the impacts of climate change in Northwest Montana and celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service. The performance is planned at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park. Additional performances will be held at 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 25, at the Lake McDonald Lodge auditorium and at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at the West Glacier Community Building. Read the full story here.
  • On Monday, July 25th – Game Night at Sondreson Hall at 8 p.m. Drinks will be provided. Please bring a snack to share.
  • On Saturday, July 30th – NF Preservation Association Annual Meeting at Sondreson Hall. The Potluck Supper begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. meeting. Annual elections will be held at this meeting. Speaker David Mattson to begin at 8 p.m.

Huckleberries Bounce Back

Huckleberry bushesThe Flathead Beacon says that when the weather starts warming the Flathead Valley in spring, certain questions start stirring in the back of people’s minds. When will Going-to-the-Sun Road open? How does the fire season look? What adventures will be had this summer? But by the time Fourth of July sparkles and pops, the main question on everyone’s mind is simple, sweet, yet ever-perplexing. What are the huckleberries going to look like this year? Read the full story here.

Glacier Park Infrastructure Stretched Thin Among Record Crowds

Glacier National Park. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

The Flathead Beacon reports that it’s another booming year for visitation in Glacier National Park, with summer crowds pushing the park’s infrastructure and transportation systems to the limit with no slowdown expected in the near future. Roughly 2.36 million visitors made their way into Glacier Park in 2015, setting a new all-time record that surpassed the previous record set only a year earlier in 2014, when 2.32 million people visited. Read the full story here.

Kalispell’s Only Unsolved Murder

From Flathead Living

This is kind of interesting on a slow Sunday… The Flathead Living Magazine has a story that begins… on the night Darlene Wilcock was murdered, in April 2003, she told her sister goodbye at their Kalispell home but didn’t say whom she was meeting. Security footage from the Finish Line bar later showed her, in separate frames, with each of the men considered primary persons of interest. When she arrived at Motel 6, where she was found naked and strangled to death early the next morning, cameras captured the 26-year-old checking in alone, neither man anywhere to be found. Read the full story here.

A Black Flash in the Mountain Sky

FWP’s Montana Outdoors magazine has a story that beings… The long days of summer make it easy to stay out late, but for Chris Hammond, Kaitlyn Farrar, and Alissa Anderson, that’s not necessarily a good thing. Their search for one of North America’s most mysterious birds, the black swift, requires surveying at night, which means workdays that sometimes last until well beyond midnight. Read this interesting story here.

The Price of Popularity

This isn’t about the North Fork, but it could be. Here’s an article from FWP’s Outdoor Magazine about the Madison River that begins… Each spring when snowmelt cascades down from the Gravelly Mountains, water levels on the Madison River rise and a flurry of life erupts. Newly emerging adult caddis flies, midges, and mayflies flutter on the water surface while golden stonefly and salmonfly nymphs crawl out from beneath the bowling ball-sized substrate up onto streamside willows, where they metamorphize into adults and dry their wings in the sunshine. Read the full story here.