USDA Forest Service proposes changes to address land management challenges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service will publish proposed changes to two regulations to implement new authorities the Forest Service received through the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018—also known as the 2018 Farm Bill—and the 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act. The legislation gives the USDA Forest Service direction and new tools to improve forest conditions, services, and safety on and around national forests and grasslands. The Forest Service is proposing several regulatory changes to use these new tools and authorities. The proposed regulations will be open for public comment for 60 days following their publication in the Fede

Granite tops Twin, Ennis bests Drummond in Saturday road matches

Lady Prospectors def. Twin Bridges, 3-2 TWIN BRIDGES – The Granite Lady Prospectors played a tough match against the Falcons in Twin Bridges and survived a five-set marathon to emerge with a 25-15, 25-13, 24-26, 25-23, 15-7 win. Granite collected 39 team kills with Asha Comings leading the way with nine. Shelby Struna had 15 of Granite’s 29 assists and tied Comings with 11 defensive digs. Amanda Hill and Reece Pitcher had three blocks apiece and Alexis Phillips was tops in service aces with six. Next game: Granite at Drummond. Ennis def. Lady Trojans, 3-0 ENNIS – Drummond pushed the host Mustangs in their opening set, but fell off the pace and finished with a straight set loss to Ennis on th

Titans vs Thompson Falls - Cutler: “The better team won”

THOMPSON FALLS – A bigger team and a relentless ground game proved to be the undoing of the Flint Creek Titans Friday night as they lost to the Blue Hawks of Thompson Falls, 64-24. When asked after the game what his assessment of the game was, Titan Head Coach Mike Cutler put it simply. “The better team won. Their size was too much.” Flint Creek had played teams with bigger players before, but overcame it with superior technique and coaching adjustments. But Friday was different as Thompson Falls Head Coach Jared Koskela deployed a unique strategy. Instead of using his larger linemen the entire game, he reserved them only for the offensive line and utilized a smaller, quicker squad to play d

Titans face off with Blue Hawks in battle of 3-1 teams

GRANITE COUNTY – For Flint Creek Week 5 of the 8-man football season will probably seem a lot like the postseason. When the Titans and their fans roll into Thompson Falls Friday night, they’ll be playing a top-ranked team in the Blue Hawks in a game that will have a one-and-done atmosphere and it will be more than chilly. In other words, pretty much another typical night on the grid iron for the boys in green and black. But before we break down the two teams, let’s looks at the game particulars… Despite having played conference leading Clark Fork in the season opener, Thompson Falls may be the toughest team that Flint Creek will play in 2019. The Blue Hawks are playing their first season of

First major winter storm set to hit Granite County, Western Montana

GRANITE COUNTY – Saturday morning may find residents of Granite County and the surrounding area waking up to a winter wonderland. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the northern and eastern portions of Granite County. The watch was issued Wednesday and included the major destinations in the county except Philipsburg. According to the NWS, residents throughout the county could see snow accumulations from 16 to 25 inches and wind gusts up to 40 mph. Georgetown Lake was listed among some of the major areas of concern during the two-day portion of the storm. Lows are expected to dip into the mid-20s, with Philipsburg and Helmville projected to hit the lowest a

National Forest Surveys Coming Your Way!!

DILLON — You may soon be asked about your visit to the forest. The Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF is beginning a yearlong study of recreation use on the Forest. Employees conducting the survey will be wearing bright orange vests near a sign that says “Traffic Survey Ahead.” These folks are waiting to talk to you, so please pull over for an interview. Employees want to know about your visit to the National Forest. All information you give is confidential and the survey is voluntary. This survey is conducted every five years on every National Forest in the country. Data collected provides National Forest managers with an estimate of how many people recreate on federal lands and what activities

Women's Waterfowl Weekend Nov. 9-10 at Teller Wildlife Refuge in Corvallis

HELENA - Join BOW and the Teller Wildlife Refuge for a Women's Waterfowl Weekend November 9-10, 2019. The perfect opportunity for women who want to learn to hunt waterfowl! The weekend will include a day of sessions on duck identification, duck calling, gear, shotgun handling, and duck processing and cooking all from our amazing team of instructors. Following educational sessions will be the opportunity for a Sunday morning hunt on Teller with our instructors. For more information contact Karen Zumwalt at 406-961-3507 or with any questions.  Click on the registration below or find it at Women's Waterfowl Weekend Registration For

Governor’s Grizzly Bear Advisory Council to Convene in Helena

Helena, MT — The Governor’s Grizzly Bear Advisory Council is convening for its first meeting next month in Helena. The council will gather Oct. 3-4 at the Kleffner Ranch, 305 Montana Highway 518, in East Helena. The meeting is open to the public. The inaugural meeting will cover the objectives and structure of the council and set the stage for the group’s work over the next year. The meeting will feature presentations on grizzly bear biology and ecology, management, and legal specifications, as well as facilitated discussions on key issues and challenges. There will be an open forum for public comment on both days. Shawn Johnson and Heather Stokes from the University of Montana’s Ce

Lady Trojans sweep Twin Bridges in Drummond

DRUMMOND – It’s always a big match when the Falcons of Twin Bridges is on the volleyball court, and earning a win from them is never easy. But the Lady Trojans did more than just beat the visitors Saturday night; they swept the Falcons 25-19, 25-16, 25-20. “The girls played really well tonight,” said DHS Head Coach Brooks Phillips. “They moved well, talked a lot … especially the 1st and 2nd sets. “The third set we were down much of the set and then came back to win.” Drummond jumped out to leads in the first two sets to earn the win. In the third, the Lady Trojans fell behind 16-10 before rallying for a five-point victory. “Hannah’s (Bradshaw) consistent and great serving in that third reall

Titans win streak hits three with Blackhawk blowout

DRUMMOND – The Flint Creek Titans opened hunting season a month early Friday night, bagging the Blackhawks of Seeley Swan 62-20 at Drummond High School. The Titans win knocks the Blackhawks from the ranks of the unbeaten and puts both teams at 3-1. If the two teams were tied going into the postseason, Flint Creek would hold the tie-breaker. The win also extends the Titans home win streak to 18 straight games, dating back to September 9, 2016. The night belonged to juniors Kade Cutler and Preston Metesh, the latter having just returned from a deep thigh bruise he received in Week 1 of the season. The duo accounted for all nine of the Titans’ scores, including a 43-yard scoring pass play with

Lady Trojans grounded by Blackhawks

DRUMMOND – The Seeley Swan Blackhawks got a solid run for their money Thursday night, but emerged from Drummond with a 3-0 win over the Lady Trojans, 25-16, 25-23, 25-15. “The girls played well, but they just need to play together with more confidence,” said DHS Head Coach Brooks Phillips. “That will come with time.” Time is something that Drummond has the luxury of for the moment, as this young team with just one senior (Riley Hilmo) is learning to gel under Phillips in her first year at the helm. In each of the first two games, Seeley grabbed a small lead early, only to have Drummond rally and push them the entire way. Game two saw the Lady Trojans take the lead 22-20 and force a Seeley ti

Titans face top-ranked Blackhawks in Week 4 showdown

DRUMMOND – In a nine-game season, every game is a big one. When 3-0 Seeley Swan heads into Drummond to face the 2-1 Titans, Flint Creek knows that they won’t be facing the same Blackhawk team that they have grown use to seeing. This year it’s game on! Before we hear from the coaches, here’s a few of the specifics of Friday night’s game: Despite getting beaten last year by the Titans in an 82-0 blowout at Seeley, the Blackhawks enter Friday’s game at 7 p.m. riding the crest of a three-game win streak to start their season – something they have never done since the Flint Creek Co-Op came into existence in 2014. The start is the best ever since at least 2004 (as far back as goes) an

Are you ready for hunting season?

HELENA - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks can help. In addition to the hunting forecasts linked below, FWP provides online information about hunting access, including our popular Block Management Program and interactive Hunt Planner.

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