Elk B License Requires Clarification in Some Western Montana Hunting Districts

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) wants western Montana elk hunters to know about a clarification in the regulations relative to the Elk B license (002-00) for Upper Clark Fork districts 210, 211, 212, 215 and 216. The wording in the printed 2018 Montana Hunting Regulations has led to confusion about whether the Elk B license can be used on public lands during the archery-only season. Mike Thompson, FWP Region 2 Wildlife Manager, clarified that the license cannot be used on public lands during archery-only season. It is valid only on private lands. “Unfortunately, the wording is confusing in our regulations that are already printed, but we will make a clarification in the online regulat

Dates announced for over-the-counter, surplus license sales

A few important dates remain for hunters looking for license for this upcoming hunting season: On Aug. 6, hunters can buy over-the-counter and surplus B licenses (antlerless) for deer and elk. On Aug. 9, general antelope and antelope B drawing results will be available. On Aug. 13, surplus general antelope, antelope B and antelope archery 900-20 licenses go on sale. On Aug. 15, antelope archery season opens for the 900-20 license. The 900-20 archery antelope licenses were drawn on July 16. These licenses allow bowhunters to hunt antelope from Aug. 15 to Nov. 11 in any hunting district starting with 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. All other antelope licenses will be drawn Aug. 9. In the past, all antelope

Montana Fire Danger rising as stormy, dry weather comes into forecast

GRANITE COUNTY - With flames ravaging states like California to the south, Montana is now in the crosshairs of a weather system that will bring hotter, dryer temperatures to the area over the next two days. Locally, the temperature is set to spike Tuesday with Drummond expecting a high of 92 and Philipsburg 88. Temps will stay high Wednesday but are expected to drop below normal levels Thursday and into the weekend as a cold front passes through. But what may more troubling than the temperatures are the dry thunderstorms that are predicted. These storms have a 20%-30% of occurring in the afternoon and evening hours, but will likely have no moisture with them. That means that should lightning

Road delays near Rumsey Swimming Hole

Notice: Rumsey, Summers Gulch area residents, East of the Rumsey swimming hole. Due to blasting activity on the new Discovery road near the Rumsey, there will be 10-15 minute delays, August 1st from 10:30 AM through 11:30 AM. Any questions should be referred to Discovery Ski area. #GraniteCounty #Sheriff #Rumsey #Swimming

Parade highlights Saturday's festivities in Philipsburg

PHILIPSBURG - The 2018 Flint Creek Valley Days were in full swing Saturday, with a parade running down Broadway that was lined with onlookers for blocks. The theme for this year's parade was "Fish On!", and entrants displayed their creative takes throughout the hour-long show. #Philipsburg #FlintCreekValleyDays #Parade #2018

Runners take to the streets, trails of Philipsburg

PHILIPSBURG - The Flint Creek Trails Association hosted a 5K/10/Fun Run at City Park Saturday morning, giving participants a chance to compete while taking in a beautiful day. The event marked the first full day or activities at the annual Flint Creek Valley Days celebration. Iain Scott logged the fastest time on the 5K circuit, running a 22:16.5 in the 13-18 age group. Second went to Logan Murphy at 23:01.9, while third place overall and first in the women's division went to Abigail McGee at 23:20.5. In the 10K event it was Conner McGee who clinched first with a time of 39:43.4 in the 10-30 age division. Jeff Braun was second at 45.08.4 in the 46-61 age group and Marie Waldbillig placed thi

Study: Private Schools not better than Public Education

Despite evidence showing otherwise, it remains conventional wisdom in many parts of the education world that private schools do a better job of educating students, with superior standardized test scores and outcomes. It is one of the claims that some supporters of school choice make in arguing that the public should pay for private school education. Read More... #PublicSchools #PrivateSchools #Study

Wolf Creek Bridge FAS Parking Lot Improvements Project

Please find the new ‘Wolf Creek Bridge FAS Parking Lot Improvements’ project posted to FWP's Upcoming Bid Opening page. It is now available for you to view, print, and/or download. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project please do not hesitate to contact us at 406-841-4001. Thank you, Sue Rice Montana FWP, Design & Construction Office #MontanaFWP #Project #Bid #PressRelease

Gold Creek Fishing Access Site Project

Please find the new ‘Gold Creek Fishing Access Site’ project posted to FWP's Upcoming Bid Opening page. It is now available for you to view, print, and/or download. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project please do not hesitate to contact us at 406-841-4001. Thank you, Sue Rice Montana FWP, Design & Construction Office #MontanaFWP #GoldCreek #Fishing #Access #Bid

Trump administration plans to help farmers hurt by global trade tensions

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Tuesday the emergency aid package will use existing funding to mitigate the estimated $11 billion impact of "illegal tariffs" other countries have imposed on US agriculture exports. The exports have been a prime target of China and other countries that have retaliated against the series of tariffs President Donald Trump has imposed in recent months. Read More ... #UnitedStates #Farmers #Beef #Surplus #Aid #Tariffs

The US has a 2.5 billion-pound surplus of meat. Let’s try to visualize that.

US dairy producers now have a 1.39 billion-pound surplus of cheese, according to data from the US Department of Agriculture. As the Washington Post has noted, that’s the largest domestic reserve of cheddar, Swiss, American, and other cheese varieties on record. Read More... #UnitedStates #Meat #Beef #Poultry #Cheese #Surplus

Sunshine Station caught in local rumor mill

PHILIPSBURG - The Sunshine Station Restaurant was caught up in local rumor mills over the weekend, with residents concerned the local eatery may be going out of business. The rumors started Friday afternoon when a waitress was overheard saying that she had just been told that the Sunshine Station was closing. The rumor quickly spread with no one actually asking anyone at the business if it were true and what the circumstances might be. In the end, it was just the Sunshine Station ownership being aware of and following state laws regarding restaurants. "We had our hot water heater go out Friday," said Tabitha Stevenson, bartender at the Sunshine Station Monday afternoon. "State law prohibits

BREAKING: 3.7 quake rattles Whitehall

A magnitude 3.7 earthquake was registered Monday evening by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The temblor, which had its epicenter approximately 25 miles south of Whitehall, Montana, was recorded at 9:56 p.m. It had a depth of 7.8 kilometers. No immediate damage or injuries werfe reported. The shock is one of the strongest recorded in recent months. The strongest was last year when a 5.8 magnitude quake hit Lincoln, MT on July 6, 2017. #Breaking #Earthquake #Whitehall #Temblor

Your complete forecast available at the FlintCreekCourier.com

GRANITE COUNTY - Our weather has been pretty static lately, with not much change in the long-range forecast. But as Fall nears and quickly turns to Winter, you may want some information about what's ahead. The Flint Creek Courier offers you just that with its comprehensive weather page. You can get information on a variety of weather elements, including: Wind, Rain, Sun, Moon and UV. In addition, you can also get information for a variety of cities throughout Granite County. These cities include: Drummond Georgetown Lake Hall Helmville Ovando Philipsburg We've even got Discovery Ski Area on the drop-down menu as well! And if you're a fisherman, check out our optimal fishing times provided by

Montana Rail Link continues project in downtown Drummond

DRUMMOND - Crews from Montana Rail Link continued their project this afternoon, this time focusing on the rails within Drummond's city limits. The project is switching and replacing "jointed rails" along the main track. Jointed Rails are shorter rails that are put together to create a longer stretch. When asked how often they have to replace the rails, one Montana Rail Link worker indicated it wasn't very often. He showed the Flint Creek Courier a section of track that was dated 1947 (pictured) and indicated that on the 'Y' that heads to the old Philipsburg route there were pieces dated to 1908. #Drummond #MontanaRailLink #Work #Project

Welcome to your Flint Creek Courier

GRANITE COUNTY - Welcome to the Flint Creek Courier! The Courier is a new online digital news service that is designed to cover one area of Southwestern Montana - Granite County. Unlike other news sources that are either a week old or trying to cover everything around our area, the Courier seeks to make Granite County first in its coverage. We bring it to you fast and accurate and we do it because we are part of this community. We live here and we plan to be here for a long, long time. To do that we need your help. We need story ideas and submissions. We need your photos and drawings, stories and poems, your music and your acting. Whatever your talents are we want to feature them here! As it

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