Polebridge Merc hosts new trail

The Hungry Horse News reports that several U.S. and Canadian environmental groups have carved out a new educational “Transboundary” trail up the North Fork on land owned by the Polebridge Mercantile. The quarter-mile long stroll runs through scrub brush left from the 1988 Red Bench Fire and offers expansive views of the Livingston Range.  Read the full story here.

Charges dropped in Park shooting

The Hungry Horse News reports that the U.S. Attorney’s office has dropped a charge against a Texas man who shot a grizzly bear in Glacier National Park on July 26. The man said he shot the bear in self-defense. Brian D. Murphy, 57, was hiking on the Mount Brown Trail when he encountered the bear about half a mile from the lookout. He said he was wearing bear bells, carrying bear spray and making noise to alert bears of his presence.  Read the full story here.

Need your Septic Pumped?

From Dawn Olson Jacobson in the North Fork Classifieds… We have a friend that pumps sewers he has a sewer to pump on trail creek but is looking for others to pump to help keep the cost down for that one client and others Do you need to have your sewer pumped before winter as sewer problems in the winter are not fun ? Call Mark McGuffin at 253-2719 or leave message here and I will let him know.

Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop

he fourth annual Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop will take place at Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop is a one-day gathering of avalanche professionals and winter backcountry enthusiasts. Pre-register at www.avalanchesafetyworkshop.com. Cost is $20 at the door, $25 online, or mail a check to NRASW, P.O. Box 4203, Whitefish MT 59937. Anyone mailing a check must register online.

Wilderness auction

The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation will host its eighth annual Voices of the Wilderness silent auction with special guest Smoke Elser at the Alpine Ballroom, 333 Main Street, in Kalispell, on Friday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. Keynote speaker will be legendary storyteller Smoke Elser, and musical guests be the Appalachian bluegrass group Spring Wagon String Band. The famed outfitter and packer was the subject of the 2011 PBS special “3 Miles an Hour.” Auction items include oil and water color paintings, photography, pottery, leatherwork, local gift cards, outdoor gear, handmade jewelry, cast iron and more. A Kokopelli Packraft and a five-day pack trip with Swan Mountain Outfitters are the two grand prize raffle items. Tickets are $15 in advance, available online at www.bmwf.org/events.html, or $20 at the door, and include one free drink, snacks and Sweet Peaks ice cream. Space is limited. All proceeds benefit the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation. For more information, visit online at www.bmwf.org.

Sorry about the lack of news

We’ve been reviewing all our usual sources, but haven’t found much in the way of news lately.  We’re also on the road, which means we’re not able to take pics and share hike stories.  We’ll be back at the end of the week, though, and if the news from the papers doesn’t pick up we’ll at least be able to post some pictures.  In the meantime, if someone has some news to share, please send it along.

Only two ballot issues in this year’s election

The Hungry Horse News reports that voters will see only two ballot issues this November. Both were referred to the voters by the Montana Legislature. Neither ballot issue needed to meet signature-gathering requirements, as did the 18 citizen-initiated ballot issues that will not appear in the Nov. 4 general election after backers were not able to obtain sufficient signatures by the July 18 deadline.  Read the full story here.


Hike Quartz Lake Loop

Bowman LakeAs the high country begins to fill with snow, North Fork hikers are looking for beautiful places to hike in lower elevations. On Friday, three of us hiked the 12-mileQuartz Lake Loop Trail from Bowman Lake. We started off in a cold fog with the vegetation full of frost. The larch trees were ablaze with color. We felt a bit of sun as we crossed over Cerulean Ridge before walking back into the fog. By the time we reached Upper Quartz Lake after 6 miles, we could eat lunch in the sunshine although the temperature remained chilly. We talked with the fish biologists staying in the patrol cabin who are trying to rid the lake of invasive Lake Trout with some success. According to them, Bull Trout numbers are up and Lake Trout numbers are down. We continued to follow the trail beside the middle lake and the lower lake ending the day back at BowmanLake.