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Dead cows cause trail closures in Cut Bank. Avalanche Lake Trail reopens. Trail status pages back online

It’s not flooding or snow that’s keeping the Pitamakan Pass Trail in Glacier National Park’s Cut Bank Valley closed. It’s cows. Dead ones. The bears and other scavengers have been feeding on dead cows that perished over the winter months, park spokeswoman Gina Kerzman confirmed recently. So the trail is closed at the trailhead at Cut Bank Creek to Pitamakan Pass. It’s also closed to Medicine Grizzly Lake. The cows and calves, about a dozen total, wandered into the park last winter from the neighboring Blackfeet Reservation and couldn’t get out due to deep snow. They didn’t survive the winter. Ranchers tried to get...
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Dogs Rescued for Suspected Puppy Mill Need “Forever Homes”

For several weeks now, volunteers have been assisting the Pondera County Sheriff's Office with caring for eleven pitbulls rescued from an alleged "puppy mill" that was running out of a house in Valier. Sheriff Robert Skorupa says the owner, who is awaiting trial, has agreed to surrender six of the dogs, and they are now available for adoption. The remaining five dogs will remain in the county's custody until the trial, and if they are not returned to the owner, they will also be available to adopt.
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Melinda “Lindee” Losing

Melinda “Lindee” Losing, 81, passed away peacefully in her home on Aug. 24, 2021. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 14, 2022, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Cut Bank. Lindee was born in Pullman, Wash., on March 7, 1940. On Nov. 14, 1958,...

Shelby Does It Every July!

Today's only Thursday, & we're already all looking forward to our Shelby Fire Department's Annual 4th of July BBQ. The BBQ food, good times & FUN will run from 11, until 2, over at the firehall. Save a dog for me, & Happy 4th from our Shelby Fire Department.

Robert “Bob” James Raemaeker

Robert “Bob” James Raemaeker, longtime New York Life Insurance Agent, family man and community supporter, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2022, at the Benefis Teton Medical Center in Choteau, Mont. Funeral mass was held Tuesday, June 28, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Choteau. Bob was born July...

Golden Triangle Connected

"We The People," connecting our Golden Triangle communities & culture will be on Thursday evening, the 14th, at Cut Bank City Park from 4, to 8. Here's a great opportunity to join in this 2nd annual event chockfull of FREE activities & dinner to boot! Along with some good & sensible health & wellness for the family, there'll be resources available & giveaways too. For more information, please contact Melissa at 761 0310.

Homesteader Days weekend packed with food, fun, festivities

Valier’s annual Homesteader Days celebration was full of tradition mixed with some new activities that proved to be fun for all ages. Homesteader Days Chairman Connor Bridge had a vision to bring family friendly fun to the weekend adding some additional entertainment to the tried and true schedule. Connor...

Hillside’s Coming 2 Shelby & SB

Hill Side Colony will be up in Sunburst, tomorrow (Thursday) morning. They'll be set up at Chops Hair Salon from 9, to noon,'s on down to Shelby! The colony will be here over in City Park from 1, until 5, on Thursday. Let's "Head for the Hills" as we "head" into 4th of July weekend with Hillside Colony!

Glacier County Commission addresses CASA funds, alcohol tax

Glacier County Commissioners John Overcast and Chairwoman Mary Jo Bremner formed a quorum at the Monday, June 20, meeting at the courthouse in Cut Bank. They began by renewing the county’s contract with Glacier County Planner Jim Yeagley. There were no changes from the last renewal, Bremner said, and Overcast noted there is no financial increase involved.

Despite wind and rain bikers complete 1,500 mile Ride for Tomorrow

Howling wind, rain and some hail didn’t stop the Ride for Tomorrow bikers Friday as they made their way around the state in an effort to promote suicide awareness. Over 20 bikers committed to the 1,500 route to be covered in 36 hours and all arrived safely back in Billings Saturday evening.

Cut Bank spruces up dog park

Cut Bank’s sprawling, fenced dog park has been getting a makeover recently, just in time for the dog days of summer. The park was constructed along Nyhagen Road northeast of downtown about a decade ago, but few improvements had been made until recently, when a push by Mayor Kim Winchell and some generous funding from AARP opened the door to several beautification projects and facility upgrades.

Bison Creek Ranch People’s Market is up and running

The People’s Market at Bison Creek Ranch, located just west of East Glacier Park, had its grand opening last weekend, coinciding with the Glacier Half Marathon. Artists, craftspeople and food vendors surrounded an outdoor courtyard where Bison Creek owner Aaron Schauf welcomed them and all the visitors who began to arrive. The setting at Bison Creek is as beautiful as a person could want, being located between Glacier National Park and the Badger-Two Medicine area with outstanding views in all directions.

Conrad’s Going Gangbusters

One of our summertime favorites, the Conrad Farmer's Market, has returned & will be going full tilt starting TODAY, 6/28, The "market" will run every Tuesday, through Tuesday, August 30th, from 4, to 7, down at Conrad Legion Park. Summer 22 is going gangbusters under our Montana Big Sky!

Five Star to fix courthouse roof

“I’ve been doing this for 30 years, and I really enjoy it,” Glacier County Sanitarian Ron Anderson told commissioners at their June 23 meeting at the courthouse in Cut Bank. All three commissioners were present as they voted to renew his contract with the county. “You go above...

Valier School board OKs playground equipment purchase

Valier elementary students can look forward to enjoying new playground equipment when they return to school in the fall. School Board Trustees approved the purchase and installation of a new playground structure Tuesday evening at the regularly scheduled board meeting. Efforts have been underway for several years to raise funds...

Global Volunteers return for 21st summer on the Reservation

Each summer since 2000 (except for 2020), Global Volunteers has worked in partnerships with the Blackfeet people on community priorities – focusing on labor, elder services and family health and recreation projects. The first volunteer team in 2022 – 10 individuals aged 19 to 73 – served from June 5-11. Thirteen service programs will follow through early October.

HOT DOG! It’s Weiner Wednesday In CB

There'll be a good old hotdog dinner tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon at the Farmer's Market over in Cut Bank. Cut Bank Trails will be serving up the "dogs" between 4, & 6, as show of appreciation for all the community for all the wonderful support they have received. A shoutout & thank you to Big Sky Foods for their generous donation. How do you like your dogs? "ME?" Yellow mustard, onions & relish, NO ketchup.