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Mastrud: We need to put aside bias and acknowledge that earth's climate changes

Casper Star-Tribune

Date: 5/20/2017 12:19:00 PM

Let all of us put aside political biases and acknowledge the following. Earth’s climate changes. It’s why Flathead Lake in Montana exists after glaciers retreated tens of thousands of years ago due to global warming. It’s why there are massive fossil

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Local author releases first novel

Valley Journal

Date: 5/19/2017 8:58:00 PM

Author Milana Marsenich lives in Northwest Montana near Flathead Lake at the base of the beautiful Mission Mountains. She enjoys quick access to the mountains and has spent many hours hiking the wilderness trails with friends and dogs. For the past 20

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Female Grizzly, Two Yearlings Captured Near Ferndale After Freezer Break-ins


Date: 5/19/2017 2:40:00 PM

She stayed in the Blacktail and Lake Mary Ronan area until the fall of 2010. She then swam across Flathead Lake and eventually ended up in the Swan Valley. She dropped her radio collar in the spring of 2011 south of Swan Lake. She had no history of

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EPA: North Shore ‘sheen’ possibly linked to Superfund site

Daily Inter Lake

Date: 5/19/2017 2:37:00 PM

An oily substance found earlier this month on the shore of Flathead Lake’s Somers Bay has tested positive for chemicals associated with a former Superfund site located nearby, Environmental Protection Agency officials announced Friday. Naphthalene and

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Upcoming Western Montana coming events


Date: 5/19/2017 12:19:00 PM

Featured will be Canine Good Citizen Testing, as well as obedience and agility demonstrations. BIGFORD - Montana State Parks will host the Flathead Lake State Park Paddle Fest at on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on May 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p

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• River: Flathead River
• Length: 161 Miles
• Surface Area: 122,560 Acres
• Volume: 1,200,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 7,086 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 165 Feet
Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River in the contiguous United States, taking Red Lake (Minnesota) and Lake of the Woods to be north of the Mississippi River, rather than west of the river. With a surface area of between 191.5 sq mi and 197 sq mi, Flathead Lake is slightly larger than Lake Tahoe. The lake is a remnant of the ancient, massive glacial dammed lake, Lake Missoula of the era of the last interglacial. Flathead Lake is 27.3 mi long and up to 15.5 mi wide. Flathead lake has a maximum depth of 370.7 ft, and an average of 164.7 ft . This makes Flathead lake deeper than the average depths of the Yellow Sea or the Persian Gulf. Polson Bay, at the lake's outlet was raised 10 ft by Kerr Dam. It is one of the cleanest in the populated world for its size and type.

Located in the northwest corner of the state of Montana, 7 miles south of Kalispell, it is approximately 30 miles long and 16 miles wide, covering 191.5 square miles, making it approximate in size to Minnesota's Mille Lacs Lake and half the area of San Francisco Bay (main bay). Flathead Lake is 30 miles southwest of Glacier National Park and is flanked by two scenic highways, which wind along its curving shoreline. On the west side is U.S. Route 93, and on the east, is Route 35.

The lake is bordered on its eastern shore by the Mission Mountains and on the west by the Salish Mountains. The Flathead valley was formed by the glacial damming of the Flathead River and sustains a remarkably mild climate for a region located this far north and inland; the Pacific Ocean is almost 400 miles to the west. The mild climate allows for cherry orchards on the east shore and vineyards for wine production on the west shore. There are also apple, pear, and plum orchards around the lake as well as vegetable, hay, honey, nursery tree, Christmas tree, sod/turf, and wheat production bordering or near the lake.
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