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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park sign at the park's St. Mary entrance.
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Glacier National Park is considering a visitor reservation system to handle park congestion amid the coronavirus pandemic. Park officials are also working with the bordering Blackfeet Nation to reopen eastern park entrances that have been closed since last summer.

Grizzly bear. Stock photo.
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After two record-breaking years of grizzly bear deaths in Northwest Montana, bear mortalities have dropped back down.

Glacier National Park sign.
Nicky Ouellet / Montana Public Radio

Over 125,000 visitors entered Glacier National Park in October. Park officials say that’s a 60 percent increase in visitation numbers over the same time last year. 

Signs warning about activity restrictions on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation due to the COVID-19 pandemic stand on all roadway entrances to the reservation, September 2020.
Rob Chaney / The Missoulian

Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana is one of the most-visited parks in the country. But this summer, the Blackfeet Nation made the unprecedented call to close the park’s eastern entrances in hopes of keeping COVID-19 off its reservation.

Victor Yvellez brings us this look at the economic fallout of the tribe’s decision.

Wolverines: Wild Weasels Of The Alpine

Sep 15, 2020
Wolverine
Andrew Gainer (CC-BY-NC-2)

A small dark blur upslope materialized into a loping wolverine, coming straight toward us! Afraid this wolverine wanted to share our lunch, we left our backpacks where they lay, and hurried out of its path.

The Salish name for August, St̓šá Spq̓ni, means "Month of Huckleberry"
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Braving horseflies the size of quarters and the searing afternoon sun, I ramble on a steep hillside like a bear, gorging for her long winter's nap. What could inspire such action? Huckleberries, of course. A recent trip to Glacier Park proved I wasn't alone in my obsession.

Montana is allocating new economic assistance for businesses in the live entertainment industry.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock Aug. 12 announced the state will expand grants using federal coronavirus relief dollars to prop up businesses hurting from the economic downturn sparked by the pandemic.

"Without additional support for our live entertainment venues we risk losing those cultural assets, permanently," Bullock said.

High fire danger sign.
U.S. Forest Service

The fire danger rating was moved to "high" Monday for the Flathead National Forest, Glacier National Park and the whole of Flathead County. The announcement came from an interagency group of local, state and federal officials. The interagency press release said the move to high fire danger comes as the area is dry enough to ignite easily and has high potential for fire spread.

Glacier National Park's Logan Pass Visitor Center on a busy summer day.
Tom Westbrook (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0)

Glacier National Park officials have decided against putting in place a reservation system for Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Earlier this month, Glacier Superintendent Jeff Mow held a series of meetings to discuss the idea of a reservation system for the park’s main attraction, Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Ports Of Entry To Remain On Limited Hours

Jul 21, 2020

Reduced hours of operation at six ports of entry between Montana and Canada will continue through August 20. Travel between the two countries is restricted to essential-only amid the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Public Affairs Specialist Lynn Hurst confirms that limited hours of operation will continue for the ports of Raymond, Opheim, Morgan, Turner, Del Bonita and Piegan in Montana and Porthill in Idaho.

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