Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Commerce’s Montana Film Office announced today that the latest HGTV series, “Living Big Sky” will film twelve 30-minute episodes throughout the state of Montana in the coming year.

Produced by Orion Entertainment out of Denver, Colo. the series will feature a new family in each episode seeking to purchase a home in a Montana town. Following the families through their journey, “Living Big Sky” will display Montana’s towns, lifestyle, landscapes and family friendly hospitality to an international audience. Continue reading

Two Men sentenced in deer poaching case

Levi Anderson and Hadyn Johnson of Kalispell were both sentenced in Flathead County Justice court recently for poaching 10 whitetail deer in the Farm-to-Market area north of Kalispell in December of 2013. The deer were shot at night, after the general season had ended and left to waste. Levi Anderson pled guilty and was fined $4350, ordered to pay $600 in restitution, and lost his privileges to hunt, fish, and trap in Montana and 44 states in the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact (IWVC) for 10 years. Johnson also pled guilty and was fined $2,100, and ordered to pay $2,100 in restitution, and lost his hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges for 20 years in Montana and all states in the IWVC.

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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 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, 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