KPAX.com says… Round two of the multiple storm systems expected to hit Western Montana the next few days has arrived, bringing more snow and some tricky driving. As forecast, the next batch of steady snow started earlier this evening, adding a fresh layer of white to what we already received earlier Friday. Read the full story here.
The Daily Inter Lake reports that a bill that included a long-term financial fix for wildland firefighting has stalled in Congress. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, announced Wednesday that conference talks on the Energy Policy Modernization Act were unlikely to resume until 2017. Read the full story here.
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.
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.
KPAX.com in Missoula reports that the National Park Service says favorable weather boosted visits to Glacier Park with an estimated 36,000 people visiting in November. Read the full story here.
In his Hungry Horse News column this week, Larry talks about some concerns he has with the planned “improvements” to North Fork roads that are intended to entice more tourists to come visit. Read his full column here.
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.