Thoughts on grizzlies The grizzlies are back! By any measure, the grizzly bear, with a lot of human help, have made a remarkable recovery. Many folks, including Montana’s Fish, Wildlife and Parks feel that they should no longer be listed as an endangered species. Others, including many environmental organizations, are opposed to delisting.
An apology, and other news It is sometimes hard to imagine that I have been writing this column for over 30 years. Mostly, it has been fun writing about North Fork Events, commenting on issues and sprinkling in a little history when things are slow. There are a couple of things that aren’t fun.
Thanks to the Bergs By the time this column appears in the paper, North Forkers will have received the spring newsletter from the North Fork Landowners Association. At first glance it includes a summer social calendar pretty similar to past years. There is a full schedule of dances, church game nights, floats, hikes, bike rides,… Read More »
Have an opinion about the Ford Schoolhouse? Then write to the Flathead National Forest and let your NorthFork voice be heard. https://www.fs.usda.gov/contactus/flathead/about-forest/contactus North Fork residents should be kept in the loop A Forest Service announcement that they were going to remove the additions to the rear (north) end of the Ford Schoolhouse has created some… Read More »
The paradox of improved access Main concerns on the North Fork remain the same from year-to-year, can only be solved by government agencies and are most often controversial. Biggest battle that has been going on the longest is probably the main North Fork Road. To pave or not to pave?
Bad weather and the Interlocal The 2019 Winter Interlocal has been held, but the big news is the late, almost vicious winter weather. Private landowners sent their concerns to the agencies in the weeks before the meeting, so their presentations took less than 15 minutes and the agencies managed to finish by 1 p.m.
Dealing with winter It seems only a short time ago I was commenting on our “open winter,” very little snow and above normal temperatures. Even the North Fork road was a fright, with water running on an ice surface. It was so slick that the Heaphys chained up all four tires to get to town… Read More »
Thoughts on the Downeses I hope every North Forker and North Fork over has been able to read either the Jan.28 or 29th Daily Inter Lake. Inter Lake reporter Duncan Adams wrote an excellent article about North Fork icon Lee Downes. He interviewed Lee at my kitchen table with Lee’s youngest daughter, Marilee, and I… Read More »
Thoughts on the deer population There is still a lot of discussion about why there was such low hunter success last hunting season. First of all, it is necessary to look at deer numbers. Obviously there were fewer deer, but elk numbers are not quite so clear.
A pox on both political parties The shutdown continues. Democrats blame Republicans. Republicans blame Democrats. The fact is rich, empowered folks on both sides are failing to do their jobs and forcing ordinary folks on both sides to pay the price. How dare they require middle class workers to work without being paid?