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 By News Release    News    January 16, 2019 

County urges Smart911 signups

Helena – With the start of a new year, Lewis and Clark County is urging residents to sign up to receive location specific emergency alerts at www.smart911.com Public safety officials use Smart911...

 
 By News Release    News    December 26, 2018

Montana to appeal Yellowstone grizzly decision

Montana filed a notice of appeal Friday of the September decision by the federal district court in Missoula to re-instate endangered species protection to grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone...

 
 By News Release    News    December 19, 2018

Increased law enforcement on patrol during the holiday season

Helena – Increased law enforcement patrols in Lewis & Clark County will begin during the weeks leading up to Christmas and lasting over New Year’s Day to keep Montana’s roads free of impaired drivers. The Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s...

 
 By News Release    News    December 19, 2018

FWP seeks comment on three wildlife proposals

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public review and comment on the following proposals: 2019 elk shoulder seasons, 2019-2020 Biennial Wildlife Management Area Public Use Rules and 2019...

 
 By News Release    News    December 19, 2018

Region 3 seeks applicants for Citizens' Advisory Committee

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking applicants to fill three volunteer positions on the Region 3 Citizen Advisory Committee. FWP is interested in selecting members from a pool of candidates...

 
 By News Release    News    December 5, 2018

UM Report: Outfitted, guided experiences increasingly crucial to Montana tourism

MISSOULA – Expenditures from outfitted and guided experiences contribute to a large amount of the state's tourism revenue, according to a new report from the University of Montana's Institute for...

 
 By News Release    News    December 5, 2018

Public invited to open house for improvements on Lincoln Road intersections

HELENA – The Montana Department of Transportation will host a public open house Thursday, Dec. 13 to discuss two projects located on Lincoln Road between Applegate Drive and Interstate 15 north of Helena. The open house will be held at the Jim...

 
 By News Release    News    November 28, 2018

MontanaPBS Hopes to Find Montana's Best-Loved Novel

MISSOULA – As part of the nationwide search for America's best-loved novel on the PBS-sponsored "The Great American Read," a panel of seven Montana literary experts set out to determine the...

 
 By News Release    News    November 28, 2018

Hunting season closes on par with recent years in West-Central Montana

Montana's general big game hunting season closed Sunday, Nov. 25 with deer and elk harvest totals recorded at west-central Montana's two hunter check stations on par with recent years.  Montana...

 

Christmas tree permits available

HELENA - The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is excited to announce that all fourth graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit through the Every Kid in a Park (EKiP) Initiative. For everyone else, Christmas tree permits are $5, and...

 
 By News Release    News    November 21, 2018

DPHHS urges Montanans to get smart about antibiotics

State and local public health officials are participating in U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week Nov. 12-18, 2018, which is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of the importance of...

 

HLCNF Holiday Family Fun Nature Crafts Night

HELENA-The Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest is hosting a winter holidays family fund nature crafts night Tuesday Nov. 27 from 4-6 p.m. at the Forest Service office in Helena. Families can...

 
 By News Release    News    November 21, 2018

Rare caribou sightings reported in NW Montana

Kalispell, MT - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks regional staff have received reports of a rare sight in northwest Montana. Residents have recently documented sightings of woodland caribou near...

 
 By News Release    News    November 14, 2018

Hunter Harvest Steady Across West-Central Montana

Big game harvest in west-central Montana maintained a steady pace through the fourth weekend of the general hunting season, bringing totals in line with average. At the hunter check station near...

 
 By News Release    News    November 7, 2018

Hunting Season Picks up Pace Across West-Central Montana

Hunter activity and harvest picked up in the third weekend of the general big game season in west-central Montana. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reports that after a slow start to the season, the...

 
 By News Release    News    November 7, 2018

Be Bear Aware, Take Care! Food Storage Requirements in-place on National Forest

HELENA –As hunting season unfolds, forest and wildlife officials want to share some tips and rules with recreationalists to help minimize their chances of encountering bears this fall. All who want...

 
 By News Release    News    November 7, 2018

'Bells of Peace' to ring November 11, 2018

The World War One Centennial Commission – along with the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the Society of the Honor Guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the National Cathedral, The...

 
 By News Release    News    November 7, 2018

Forest Service Offices Closed in Observance of Veterans Day

HELENA, MONT., November 6, 2018-The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest offices will be closed on Monday, November 12th in observance of Veterans Day; offices will reopen on Tuesday, November 13th....

 
 By News Release    News    October 31, 2018

Mild weather keeps hunter activity and harvest down across western Montana

Continued mild weather contributed to lower than usual hunter activity and harvest through the second weekend of hunting season in western Montana. "Weather is always the driving factor in big game...

 
 By News Release    News    October 31, 2018

MHP receives $1 million federal grant to combat meth

HELENA – The Montana Highway Patrol will receive a significant federal grant to combat meth trafficking. On Oct. 25, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that its Office of Community Oriented...

 

Montana military history authors traveling state to discuss their new book, 'Battle of the Bulge: A Montana Perspective'

Two of Montana’s many veterans, Randy LeCocq and John Driscoll, military history authors, will be travelling around Big Sky Country promoting their new book, The Battle of the Bulge: A Montana perspective.  LaCocq and Driscoll will be making...

 

Hunters can donate game meat through Hunters Against Hunger program

Local food pantries across the state are preparing to receive donations from the Hunters Against Hunger program. The program, a partnership between FWP and the Montana Food Bank Network, allows hunter...

 
 By News Release    News    October 17, 2018

Lewis and Clark County awards contract for detention center renovation

Helena – Lewis and Clark County has awarded a construction contract, through a competitive request for proposals process, to Sletten Construction Services of Great Falls for the renovation of the Lewis and Clark County Law Enforcement Center....

 
 By News Release    News    October 17, 2018

Hunters are reminded to be cautious of mountain lions

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds hunters that mountain lions are also in pursuit of prey this time of year and are most active at dawn and dusk. Lions feeding on a kill are potentially...

 
 By News Release    News    October 3, 2018

Montana sells first timber sale on National Forest Lands

Missoula - The State of Montana, Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, opened bids on the Boulder Lowlands II Good Neighbor Authority Timber Sale today as part of a growing state-federal partnership to increase management activities and...

 

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