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Numbers, satisfaction strong at season's last check stations

Hunters visiting FWP Region 7 wrapped up their 2017 big game season on November 26, with all check stations reporting good weather, respectable harvest rates and ample opportunities to harvest game. With minor variations in weather over the weeks, th...

 

Mid-Rivers contributes $7,700 to local school technology funds

Mid-Rivers Communications has announced the contribution of $7,700 to twenty-four local schools and school districts through their Cash for Computers program. The money will be used by the schools to purchase computers and other technology needed...

 

Medicare phone scams

The Montana Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program has received a report of an apparent telephone scam in Montana that spoofed the Area IV Office on Aging’s number. Spoofing is where phone scammers use software to mask their real identities by...

 

Montana Christmas tree makes it to D.C.

This year's U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree hails from the Kootenai National Forest, near Yaak, Montana. As the senior member of Montana's congressional delegation, Senator Jon Tester has the honor of...

 

USDA offers assistance to protect wetlands, agricultural lands and grasslands

Bozeman, MT—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages people and groups wanting to protect critical wetlands, agricultural lands and grasslands to consider enrolling their property into conservation easements. This year, USDA’s...

 

Shumate announced as new parks administrator

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has selected Beth R. Shumate as the new state parks administrator. Shumate has served as manager of Hell Creek State Park and most recently as FWP's state trails...

 

The Bitterroot River runs through Montana history

Department of Geography Though its length is short in comparison to other major Montana rivers, the landscape the Bitterroot River flows through is long in beauty and historical significance....

 

Second deer found suspect for CWD

A second mule deer buck from hunting district 510 was found to be suspect for chronic wasting disease. This buck was harvested about 3 miles south of Belfry. A second sample from the buck is being tested by the lab at Colorado State University, with...

 

MSU Extension offers farm management workshops

BOZEMAN – MSU Extension Economists George Haynes, Kate Fuller, and Joel Schumacher will offer Farm Management Workshops in five communities in January – March 2018. Other faculty members contributing to these workshops include Agricultural...

 

Daines secures agreement to ship $200 million of Montana beef to China

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines secured an agreement between JD.com, one of China’s largest retailers and the Montana Stockgrowers Association with the intent to purchase a minimum of $200 million in Montana-sourced beef over the next...

 

Individual identified in Hysham-area poached bull case

When Fish, Wildlife & Parks put out the word on October 12 about a bull elk being poached south of Hysham, the public was furious. A Region 7 Facebook post about the case reached 279,611 people, the vast majority of whom were very vocal about...

 

Mid-Rivers announces 2017 Educational Technology Grant recipients

Mid-Rivers Communications recently announced the recipients of the 2017 Educational Technology Grants. Grant applications from twenty-seven applicants requesting $116,980 were received, with a total of $35,000 being awarded to a wide variety of...

 

Most hunters find ample opportunities to harvest antelope

Most of the hunters who came through Region 7 check stations Sunday after the opening of general antelope season found ample opportunities to harvest animals. Upland game bird hunters had a little more difficulty finding quarry, but that was...

 

Most Block Management Areas in Region 7 open again to public hunting

As of Tuesday afternoon, twenty of the 25 Block Management Areas in Region 7 that had closed or restricted access earlier due to fire danger were open to hunters, although some are restricted to walk-in access only. To check whether BMAs allow...

 

MSU researcher wins national award for eclipse project

BOZEMAN - A Montana State University researcher has won a national award honoring her leadership role in an unprecedented, hands-on student project that culminated during the 2017 total solar eclipse....

 

Governor Bullock announces Montana's minimum wage increasing

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock recently announced Montanans earning minimum wage will see the rate increase to $8.30 per hour beginning January 1, 2018. “People who work full time for a living shouldn’t be living in poverty. This modest...

 

Western 4-H Family and Consumer Science Show

The 55th Annual Western 4-H Family and Consumer Science Show will be held October 6 and 7th at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City, SD. While this is called a show, it consists of various contests for developing life skills that 4-Hers, non...

 

Educational technology grant program announced

Mid-Rivers Communications, telecommunications service provider to 30,000 square miles of Eastern and Central Montana, is proud to announce the availability of up to $35,000 in grants! Educational Technology Grants are offered by Mid-Rivers when...

 

Is your passport valid?

Recently, travelers nationwide have been turned back at the airport while trying to board a flight because their passports did not have at least six months validity left in them. Many countries around the world have instituted this six-month rule....

 

Eighteen Block Management areas in Region 7 restrict access – for now

With the ongoing drought and fire danger, 18 Block Management Program cooperators in Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7 have restricted or closed access to their land until fire conditions improve. The most updated list is available below, or people...

 

Combat Raider 18-1 scheduled for Oct. 11-12

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Combat Raider, a military exercise involving various aircraft, is scheduled to begin Oct. 11 in parts of the Powder River Training Complex, and will conclude Oct. 12, 2017. Combat Raider provides joint and...

 

Upcoming conference examines Montana and the Great War

A hundred years ago, the nation was at war. The Montana Historical Society invites everyone to reflect on how World War I impacted life under the Big Sky at the 44th annual Montana History...

 

Mid-Rivers returns over $1 million in capital credits to patrons

On Friday, August 18, 2017, Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative, Inc. mailed capital credit checks of approximately $1,004,000 to its members and patrons. The 2017 distribution of capital credits represents 100% of the remaining balance of the 1993 patr...

 

Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame announces 2017 inductions

Last Friday, the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF & WHC) announced the tenth class of inductions into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The inductees were chosen from a field of candidates nominated by the general public....

 

Lodgepole Fire Complex donations

The Lodgepole Fire Complex has burned nearly 300,000 acres, making it the largest wildfire in the country. There are several ways people can help. Currently cash donations can be given to The Garfield County Fire Foundation Relief Fund, a subsidiary...

 

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