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 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...

 
 By News Release    News    October 3, 2018

Howl-O-Ween FunFest comes to MontanaWILD

Come join us at Montana WILD for one of Helena's largest Halloween parties! Montana WILD is pleased to announce it will be hosting the 2018 Howl-O-Ween FunFest on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 1 to 4:00 pm....

 

Flu makes early appearance in Lewis and Clark County

Lewis and Clark Public Health received three confirmed reports this week of influenza A, all in county residents under the age of 25. In one case the disease was severe enough to require hospitalization. “It’s definitely time to get your annual...

 

Suicide Prevention Coalition launches mental health campaign for men

The Lewis and Clark Suicide Prevention Coalition, spearheaded by Lewis and Clark Public Health, last week announced the launch of a new campaign to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health for working-aged men. The coalition will use Man...

 

UM Study: Hardrock mining contributes $2.7 billion to Montana's economy

MISSOULA – Montana’s hardrock mining industry supports more than 12,000 permanent, year-round jobs with average annual earnings of $86,030, according to a new study released by the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research....

 

Bat observations more frequent in fall

Fall is a time of year when bat observations are common in Montana. This time of year, young bats are attempting to take care of themselves, some bats are beginning long migrations to warmer climates...

 

Lincoln Ranger District prepares for fall prescribed burning

LINCOLN-The Lincoln Ranger District of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is preparing to conduct prescribed burning in the Ogden Mountain area and Poorman Creek area this fall, when weather conditions become favorable. Burning will begin as...

 

Bullock taps DEQ head Tom Livers to serve as budget director

Governor Steve Bullock today announced the appointment of Tom Livers as the Director of the Office of Budget and Program Planning (OBPP). "Tom has over four decades of experience in public service...

 

UM Announces Fall Public Planetarium Shows

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Department of Physics and Astronomy invites the public to its fall semester planetarium shows in the Payne Family Native American Center Star Gazing Room this month through December. The 50-minute shows...

 
 By News Release    News    September 5, 2018

2018 big game hunting forecast

Hunting Fri Aug 24 14:57:26 MDT 2018 Are you ready for hunting season? Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks can help. In addition to the following hunting forecast, FWP's provides online information...

 

Solid Waste District hosting free Garbage Day for permit holders

Lewis and Clark County and the Lincoln Solid Waste District will be hosting a free Community Garbage Day event at the Lincoln Transfer Station. The event will be held on Sunday, September 9 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A Lincoln Solid Waste permit will...

 
 By News Release    News    August 29, 2018

Temporary Leadership Changes for Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest

HELENA - Beginning in September, Forest Supervisor Bill Avey will begin a temporary assignment as Northern Region Deputy Regional Forester in Missoula. While Avey is on this detail, Lisa Stoeffler...

 

Fiber Guild returns to Lincoln with new name

Beginning in September, the Lincoln Fiber Guild will begin meeting again, but this time under a new name, The Lincoln Fiber Circle. Resident, Tammy Jordan returned to Lincoln in March of this year...

 
 By News Release    News    August 29, 2018

Hunting access: Ask early, don't wait

Montana's millions of acres of private land offer some excellent hunting opportunities-the only catch is gaining the landowner's permission to hunt. It is Montana law that hunters obtain landowner per...

 

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