July 28th Last Friday Pizza moved!

Please Note the change of venue for the July 28th Pizza Night.

Due to the shortage of propane-fired pizza ovens, it will be held at the Rittenburg’s, 1276 Long Bow Trail, where the grass is well-watered and vehicles can park on the graveled driveway.  56 pizza bases are ready and waiting.  Please spread the word.  Bring a chair, drinks and toppings to share.

First Aid/CPR/AED Course July 18

First Aid SignageBob Lee will be giving his well-regarded First Aid/CPR/AED class in the North Fork again this summer. It is an all-day course, starting at 9:00am and wrapping up by 4:00pm. The date is Tuesday, July 18. The course will be held at Sondreson Hall. Cost is $45/person. Bring your own lunch and drinks. Class size is limited to 10 people.

The course offers two-year AHA certification in First Aid, CPR and AED usage. If your job requires certified First Aid training, your current certification is expiring or if you just want to get up to speed on such things, this is an excellent way to get it done.

Contact Bill Walker, 406-407-2764 or wkwalker@nvdi.com to sign up for the course.

Important changes to the NFLA Calendar

June 21 Summer Solstice Hike to Cyclone Lookout has been cancelled.  The hike in Covey Meadow is on, meet at the Ranger Station at 6.30 pm.  This is approximately 2.5 miles and is mostly flat.

Changes to the Square Dance Schedule: July 8th, July 29th cancelled ,  Aug 19th has been rescheduled for Aug 20th and will be hosted by Debo Powers

Aug 12th Annual Pie and Ice Cream Social and Square Dance will be hosted by Kevin and Beth Ulrichsen and Debo Powers.

New addition to the calendar: June 24th Welcome to the Summer Dance and Social, 7.30 pm at Sonderson Hall,  Hosted by Dan and Dawn Jacobsen.  You don’t have to dance but Debo Powers will lead us with some dancing suitable for all ages and abilities,  Come and Meet your neighbors celebrate summer and the crowning of  the 2023 Ms Polebridge. Bring along your favorite finger foods and drinks to share.

Printed Versions of the North Fork Calendar can be picked up at the top of Vance Hill.  There is a small black mail box for calendars on the side of  the Rittenburg Mail Box.  Heading North this is the first mail box on the left in the group of 6 at the top of Vance Hill.  These  will be available later in the week.   Tell your neighbors.

Reminder: Basic Fire Training Day, Thursday, June 22

Greetings all!!  Here is the Agenda for the North Fork Basic Fire Training Day on June 22nd…

    • We’ll start at Sondreson Community Hall at 0930.  We’ll have coffee, bottled water, and light refreshments available.  Molly will open with brief introductions, then turn it over to Richard Hildner to brief the exercise at the Hildner Cabin.
    • The Group will travel to the Hildner residence at 350 Moose Creek Rd.  Structure Assessment forms will be passed out, the group split into teams, and the teams will be tasked with assessing the structures and the fuels modifications surrounding the structures.  We would appreciate Lincoln Chute, Todd Lando and Gary Mahugh forming the oversight group to put together the “book answers” and to debrief the teams as they report out on their findings.
    • At noon, the Group will return to the Community Hall for their brown bag lunch.  During this time, we’d appreciate it if Gary Mahugh would have some of his standard firefighting tools and supplies available to display and sell.  And Sean Johnson, if you could brief the Wedge Canyon TIP application process, there is time for that.  We don’t have plans to have a projector or laptop available for this event, but if you need a projector, the NFLA has one we can use.  You’ll either need to bring a laptop or let us know you need one.
    • After lunch, Kevin Ulrichsen will lead a discussion about how to suppress fires within the Structure.  We have asked Kevin or Lynn to lead a moment of silence in memory of Doug Barnes who passed away in a house fire.  We would like Gary Mahugh and Lynn Ogle to also participate in the discussion on fire suppression inside the structure.

Molly can wrap up whenever things are done – no later than 3:30.

More information: Basic Fire Training Day poster (PDF format)

Clint Muhlfield to speak at NFLA meeting on June 11 at 7pm

June’s NFLA meeting will feature a presentation at 7:00pm by Clint Muhlfeld, the Fisheries Biologist with the USGS in Glacier Park. Clint has been heading up the work on preserving native west slope cutthroat and bull trout. His recent work has been in Quartz and Gunsight Lakes. (BONUS item from Clint: “Here is a story that came out in National Geographic last year that features our work on native trout in the North Fork. Thought folks may be interested in case they haven’t seen it.”

The general meeting starts at 8:00pm.

Clint Muhlfeld NFLA presentation, June 11, 2023
Clint Muhlfeld NFLA presentation, June 11, 2023

Call for Volunteers! Sondreson Hall Cleanup — May 20, 10:00am

Sondreson Hall interior after clean-up, May 14, 2022 - Tami Stone
Sondreson Hall interior after clean-up, May 14, 2022 – Tami Stone

The Sondreson Hall spring cleanup is fast approaching. This year, it will be on Saturday, May 20 at 10:00am.

Dan Jacobson is in charge of hall maintenance and needs to ensure that enough people will be present to accomplish the various outside and inside tasks. If you can come, please contact his wife, Dawn, and let her know:  dawnmjacobson@gmail.com or 406-730-1263. She’ll pass the word on to Dan.

Oh, did I not mention lunch? There will definitely be lunch. I believe Dawn has a lot to do with that part, too.

First Aid/CPR/AED Course May 23

First Aid SignageBob Lee will be giving his well-regarded First Aid/CPR/AED class in the North Fork again this spring. It is an all-day course, starting at 9:00am and wrapping up by 4:00pm. The date is Tuesday, May 23. The course will be held at Sondreson Hall. Cost is $45/person. Bring your own lunch and drinks. Class size is limited to 10 people.

The course offers two-year AHA certification in First Aid, CPR and AED usage. If your job requires certified First Aid training, your current certification is expiring or if you just want to get up to speed on such things, this is an excellent way to get it done.

Contact Bill Walker, 406-407-2764 or wkwalker@nvdi.com to sign up for the course.

In case you’re wondering why we are having two classes this spring: Last month’s session was mostly for people taking the chainsaw course in early May. This is the regularly scheduled class we hold each May. If we have enough demand, there will also be another class on Tuesday, July 18.

It’s that time again! Agency input for Winter 2023 Interlocal due Jan 24

Bob Dunkley explains Park plans for the Polebridge Ranger Station, post Red Bench Fire, at the 1989 Interlocal at Sondreson Hall.
Bob Dunkley explains Park plans for the Polebridge Ranger Station, post Red Bench Fire, at the 1989 Interlocal at Sondreson Hall.

Hi, folks.

The Winter 2023 Interlocal Agreement Meeting is hosted by the U.S. Forest Service at 10:00am, on Wednesday, February 8 at the Glacier Park Community Building in the park’s headquarters complex near the West Glacier entrance.

For those of you who are new to this, Interlocal meetings are held twice each year, winter and summer. These semi-annual get-togethers are intended to encourage open discussion between North Fork landowners and neighbors, and local, state and federal agencies. In other words, it’s a big deal if you have an interest in the North Fork.

As a convenience (it’s not required), I’m serving as a central point of contact for issues that North Fork organizations and individuals would like to see addressed by the various government agencies represented at the meeting. If you’ll send me your issues by noon on Tuesday, January 24, I’ll see to it that they get passed on to the various organizations in enough time for them to prepare their presentations. Please do not respond via Facebook or other social media. Use my email address, wkwalker@nvdi.com.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Bill Walker