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 By news release    News    October 21, 2021 

Two new human-caused starts bring the Rocky Mountain Front back into Stage 1 fire restrictions

AUGUSTA, Mont. October 17, 2021 - Following two new human-caused fire starts, the Rocky Mountain Ranger District, and the entirety of the Scapegoat...

 
 By News Release    News    October 21, 2021 

Intersection enhancements proposed for Helena Valley

Helena - The Montana Department of Transportation would like to announce and invite the public to comment on a proposal to install safety...

 
 By News Release    News    October 7, 2021

406 Area Code Required for Local Calls Starting Oct. 24

HELENA- Beginning Oct. 24, all local calls in Montana must be dialed with the 406 area code to connect. Montana's 406 area code currently allows...

 

Info sought on grizzly bear shot south of Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are seeking information on a female grizzly bear that was...

 

Lewis & Clark Library to host virtual program on Lewis and Clark Expedition near misses

Helena-The Lewis & Clark Library will host "the Lewis and Clark Expedition Near Misses: How Lucky are those Men – and Woman," a virtual program...

 

Grizzly relocated after routinely visiting grain shed near Ovando

OVANDO – Wildlife officials captured a grizzly bear in the Ovando area on Sept. 2 and relocated it to the north side of the Rattlesnake Wilderness...

 

Reminder this hunting season: be a good steward of the land

Although most hunters respect the land, property, and wildlife they are hunting, many others do not. FWP would like to remind hunters and all outdoor...

 
 By News Release    News    September 9, 2021

Hunters must expect to see bears

Grizzly bears have the potential to be found anywhere in the western two-thirds of Montana (west of Billings), and their distribution is denser and...

 
 By News Release    News    September 2, 2021

Board of County Commissioners Return to Stage One Fire Restrictions

Helena – In recognition of the recent shift to cooler and wetter weather patterns, as well as changes to longer range forecasts, the Lewis and...

 
 By News release    News    September 2, 2021

Rocky's Americorp Seniorshosts 1st annual 9/11 Flag of Honor Across America Memorial

Rocky Mountain Development Council and AmeriCorps Seniors is inviting the community to gather during the 1st annual 9/11 Flag of Honor Across America...

 
 By News Release    News    September 2, 2021

FWP to take a new, more inclusive approach to hunting regulations for 2022, 2023 seasons

HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is beginning the biennial hunting regulations review process, and this year the department is looking...

 

Montana Highway Patrol Offers Safety Back to School Traffic Safety Tips to Keep Kids Safe

HELENA - As students across our state return to the classroom, Attorney General Austin Knudsen and the Montana Highway Patrol are reminding motorists...

 
 By News Release    News    August 19, 2021

Forest Service Withdraws Decision for North Fork Blackfoot River Indigenous Fish Restoration Project

Seeley Lake - The Lolo and Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forests announced Aug. 12 the withdrawal of the North Fork Blackfoot River Indigenous Fish...

 
 By News Release    News    August 12, 2021

Road and bridge improvements to begin on Montana 141 in mid-August

Helmville, Montana (August 5, 2021) - The Montana Department of Transportation and LHC, Inc. will begin construction on MT-141 in Powell County in...

 

Wildlife officials, Blackfoot community work together on fetal bear attack and next steps

Helmville, Montana (August 5, 2021) - The Montana Department of Transportation and LHC, Inc. will begin construction on MT-141 in Powell County in...

 
 By News Release    News    August 5, 2021

Lewis and Clark Public Health recommends face coverings, other measures

Helena – Lewis and Clark County is now considered an area of substantial community transmission for COVID-19, according to data from the Centers...

 
 By News Release    News    July 22, 2021

Handle fish carefully during summer heat wave

GREAT FALLS - As air and water temperatures continue to climb, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff urge anglers to use extra care when handling...

 
 By News Release    News    July 22, 2021

Montana's Historical Society Offers Education for All Ages

Wooly mammoth tusks, a bison jump diorama and a fascinating collection of Charlie Russell artwork are a few of the treasures to behold at the Montana...

 
 By News Release    News    July 15, 2021

DNA confirms euthanized bear responsible for Ovando attack

MISSOULA – DNA results received Wednesday confirmed the bear killed by wildlife officials last Friday was the same bear who fatally attacked a... Full story

 

Lincoln Airport Open House & Barbecue slated for July 24

For the last 18 years, Lincoln resident and pilot Jerry Cain has hosted an annual fly-in barbecue / potluck at his Lincoln Airport hangar for Montana...

 
 By News Release    News    July 8, 2021

Officials kills grizzly bear near Ovando

OVANDO – Wildlife officials shot and killed a grizzly bear early Friday morning less than two miles from Ovando, where a woman was killed in a...

 
 By News Release    News    July 8, 2021

Montana FWP releases additional information on fatal Grizzly attack in Ovando

FWP keeps traps in Ovando area, more details released OVANDO – After two days of searching by helicopter and on the ground, the grizzly bear that... Full story

 
 By News Release    News    July 8, 2021

Health Officials Suggest Steps to Prevent West Nile Virus

State and local public health officials are reminding Montanans to take steps to avoid mosquito bites and prevent infection from West Nile Virus. In...

 
 By News Release    News    July 1, 2021

American Legion of Montana Partners with MTVAHCS to bring COVID-19 vaccines to veterans and their families

Helena - The pandemic has highlighted the power of partnerships and this Friday, Veterans and their families and caregivers are invited to...

 
 By News Release    News    June 24, 2021

USDA Seeks Applications to Strengthen Rural Cooperatives and Improve Economic Conditions in Montana's Rural Areas

BOZEMAN – USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson announced June 11that the Department is accepting applications for grants...

 

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