Flathead Valley Trout Unlimited is proud to honor the service of all of our nation’s veterans on this Memorial Day. With the help of National …Read More »
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Local nonprofit group Conservation Hawks will host three fly fishing films – “Chrome,” “Cold Waters” and “Through The Guides” – on Sunday, May 1 at 5 p.m. at the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts. The event, which focuses on climate change and will raise funds for CH, also features Trout TV’s Hilary Hutcheson, Field & Stream magazine’s Hal Herring, and fly fishing writer/CH president Todd Tanner.
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The Flathead Fishing Fair will be held Saturday, April 30 at Snappys Sport Senter from 9 am to noon. The event is sponsored by Snappys Sport Senter and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
The Fishing Fair offers fishing fun for youths age 12 and younger in Snappys Pond as well as fun and educational activities for all ages. Kids are welcome to bring their own fishing rods; some loaner fishing outfits and bait will be available along with fishing assistance.
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Nearly 20 percent of the state’s population, 183,047, live in evacuation zones (one-half mile) for an oil train derailment along 3,368 miles of track, the audit noted. It stated that included 47 hospitals/medical centers, 169 fire stations and 353 schools.
From 2010-2014, Montana ranked 21st in the U.S. for train incidents with 177 reported during that time period. Total damages were $43.3 million and cost per incident was $246,100. The largest number of incidents (6-10) were in Yellowstone County, according the the state audit.
The transport of oil grew substantially from 2008 to 2014, the audit noted. In 2008, there were 9,500 carloads of crude oil. In 2013, there were 407,761 and in the first half of 2014 there were 229,798. Even though the oil boom has eased, the audit notes the oil shipments are above the 2008 numbers.
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A report released in October by the Legislative Audit Division faulted the PSC for not identifying rail safety risks, not having a safety plan, not having enough inspectors to adequately cover the state and not participating in regional safety issues. It said the agency is not actively engaged in rail safety, and its lone goal seems to be meeting a minimum number of inspections each year.
The report also found there’s a lack of statewide emergency planning and hazardous-material response capability should an oil spill occur. It recommended more coordination with local, state and national planners, as well as adding a third inspector to check rail lines, cars and engines.
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Flathead Valley Trout Unlimited member Jim Borowski is a busy guy. Aside from being an active member of our board and heading up our fly-tying …Read More »
As is the case throughout the region, the park’s native populations of federally protected bull trout have suffered from years of predation and out-competition by introduced lake trout. Bull trout are also at risk for hybridization with non-native brook trout, producing less resilient and often infertile offspring.
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TU is still worried about Tintina’s amount of data on fishery populations, groundwater recharge and arsenic levels. The DEQ addressed these aspects little or not at all in their deficiency report. The 90-day review period stresses the DEQ’s staff of six, especially because they are also reviewing other permits simultaneously, [Montana TU Executive Director, Bruce] Farling said.
The DEQ did not flag fisheries as needing more data, which worries Trout Unlimited.
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The Montana Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is suggesting modern regulations to retain the pristine habitat found on the state’s treasured waterways.
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