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Nicky Ouellet

Flathead Valley Reporter

Nicky is MTPR's Flathead-area reporter. Nicky returns to the Flathead Valley after wrapping up her graduate studies at the University of Montana's environmental science journalism program.

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Richard Hader speaks with CSKT tribal attorney Shane Morigeau at a meeting on the proposed transfer of the National Bison Range.
Nicky Ouellet

  This post has been edited. The National Bison Range is nearly 19,000 acres, not 1,900 acres as originally posted. 

More than 100 people packed into the theater at the Salish Kootenai College Tuesday night to hear about the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ proposal to take over management of the National Bison Range from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Fish and Wildlife supports transferring management.

Superintendent of Schools Denise Juneau campaigns at North American Indian Days in Browning.
Nicky Ouellet

North American Indian Days is the biggest summer event on the Blackfeet Reservation. There’s a rodeo, there’s a powwow, there’s hand games and a parade, and even some politicking. For one congressional candidate, campaigning at Indian Days feels a lot like coming home.

Several hundred friends, family and Forest Service personnel attended the funeral of a man killed after surprising a bear on June 29.
Nicky Ouellet

In front of several hundred friends, family and Forest Service personnel seated along the homestretch of the running track at Legion's Field in Kalispell, Brad Treat’s memory was honored Thursday morning.

Flathead Area Fire Managers are predicting a "normal" fire season.
BLM (CC-BY-2.0)

Fire managers in the Flathead Valley are predicting a normal summer in terms of wildland fires. They outlined those predictions at a meeting at the Office of Emergency Services in Kalispell today. "Normal" still means crews from several agencies will probably respond to a few hundred fires in northwest Montana this season.

A Calbag Resources sign at an October 2015 meeting shows some of the work in progress at the Columbia Falls Aluminum Company.
Corin Cates-Carney

Last week, the Department of Environmental Quality approved a plan to remove hazardous waste at the Columbia Falls Aluminum Company in preparation for the plant’s demolition.

Gracie is a two-year-old border collie. Gracie hazes mountain goats and bighorn sheep out of popular areas, like the parking lot and trails at Logan Pass, to keep humans and wildlife a safe distance from each other.
Nicky Ouellet

Glacier National Park has a new ranger. Gracie is a two-year-old border collie. Starting in mid-July, Gracie will herd mountain goats and bighorn sheep out of popular areas, like the parking lot and trails at Logan Pass, to keep humans and wildlife a safe distance from each other.

NorthWestern Energy is warning customers in the Bitterroot Valley of scam calls requesting immediate payment on overdue bills. 

Flathead National Forest to update forest plan, seeks public input
Nicky Ouellet

The forest in the Flathead is about to see some big changes – or not. It all depends on how proposed changes to the Flathead’s National Forest Plan shake out.

Montana lawmakers in Washington voted for and against two sets of opposing gun control measures Monday.

None of the four amendments, which were spurred on by the recent mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, passed the Senate votes.

Meetings this week address revisions and amendments to a few of Montana's National Forest plans.
Flathead National Forest

Supervisors for the Flathead National Forest held an open house in Kalispell on Monday to answer questions about proposed revisions to its draft forest plan.

The plan provides long-term management goals and standards, and outlines the forest’s projected timber sales.

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