Homestead Now Home to ‘Best’ Fishing Pond in Montana

first_imgClick the image or use the arrows to see more photos from stocking Pine Grove Pond.A lot happens in 128 years, but surprisingly little has changed on the Street family’s 160 acres north of Kalispell. The property, first homesteaded in 1883, has remained undeveloped and the family continues to till the land, keeping alive generations of farming tradition. But one pasture, tucked away next to the Whitefish River, has caught Robin Street’s attention for years. It always seemed like a nice place for a fishing pond. A perfect place, in fact. Apparently, Street has an eye for these things, because now that a pond has been placed in that pasture, it looks like it should have been there all along. The way Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Jim Vashro sees it, it’s the nicest family fishing pond in Montana. “I would venture to say this is the best one in the state,” Vashro said. “We have some other nice ponds, but this one beats them all.”It’s just as Street envisioned it.“It’s a pretty area down here,” Street said last week as crews stocked the pond with trout. “It’s kind of a shame to keep it all to yourself. All the stars aligned to make this happen.”Street donated 13 acres of his family’s original 160 homesteaded acres to the FWP for the Pine Grove Pond, which will officially open on April 30. The pond measures 5 acres and holds both rainbow and westslope cutthroat trout. Altogether, Vashro says there are about 4,000 fish cruising the water.There will be a kids’ fishing derby with prizes from 9 a.m. to noon on April 30, followed by a ceremony to honor the Street family. To reach Pine Grove Pond, driving from Kalispell, head north on Whitefish Stage Road, turn right on Rose Crossing and follow the signs down to the water. The pond is open to all ages. Kids ages 14 and under are allowed to keep one fish each. Some trout are as large as 18 pounds, but the majority are more manageable sizes. It is the fourth FWP-operated public fishing pond in the area. There is also a popular fishing pond located at Snappy Sport Senter.While FWP’s other three ponds – Buffalo Head, Dry Bridge and Shady Lane – are all quality, Vashro said Pine Grove, the biggest of them, is special. Located just off of the Whitefish River, free-flowing underground water gives the pond characteristics of a natural fishery, with high nutrients and the potential for diverse bug life. It’s 17 feet deep in areas. The surrounding area is pretty. The fish will be able to live healthily for years, Vashro said, which will make for good fishing and good eating. “The only thing they’ll have to worry about are ospreys and kids,” Vashro said. Building the fishing access area was a widespread team effort involving numerous volunteers, in addition to FWP and the Street family. Street’s wife is Joyce and three kids are Debbie, Steve and Valerie. Steve was instrumental in the permitting process.The Flathead Valley Community College heavy machinery program built the road and gravel parking area. Flathead Electric Cooperative’s Roundup for Safety provided the fence. Boy Scouts were slated to do landscaping and Flathead Wildlife Inc. donated 12 bluebird boxes.Gene Fincher, who runs local fishing tournaments, gathered crews to perform a number of tasks, including building a picnic shelter. Fincher said Walleye Unlimited is paying for the construction of a gazebo. Other groups, including Schellinger Construction, also contributed to building the fishing access area, Fincher said.Murray Springs State Fish Hatchery from Eureka, Creston National Fish Hatchery and Jocko River Trout Hatchery all stocked fish in the pond on April 20 with the help of volunteers.To help pay for some improvements and for the purchase of the property, FWP used a $20,000 grant, though the land would be valued much higher than that if Street were to sell it on the market.Street’s grandparents, Richard and Susan Street, homesteaded the property in 1883. After growing wary of sending their kids to school all the way down in Demersville on horseback, the Streets decided to start their own school, and Pine Grove School was born. Richard was on the original school board.Mannington Street, Robin’s father, went to school at Pine Grove, which is located right next to the family’s property. Robin also went to the school. Both of them served on the school board. Two of Robin’s three kids attended the school before it shut down in 1973.Robin Street has long wanted to put a pond on his property. One big step was finding someone who wanted all the gravel. After Bucky Wolford’s Glacier Town Center fell through, Street said he was fortunate to work out a deal with Ames Construction to provide gravel for the U.S. 93 Alternate Route.Ames Construction also helped with building structure at the fishing access area. The manager for Ames was excited about the pond, Street said.“He told me, ‘When I leave a gravel pit, I never want to see it again, but this one I want to bring my grandkids to,’” Street said.Street was relieved to see the project finished, but there was still one thing he wanted to see.“When the kids are fishing – that’s when it’s going to feel good.”For rules, regulations and other information on FWP’s Pine Grove Pond, call the agency at (406) 752-5501. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. 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Snowmobiling could be hard hit by climate change

first_imgSnowmobilers at Cole’s Pond Cook Shack (Photo: Bear Cieri)Vermont Business Magazine Declining snowfall in Vermont, a likely byproduct of a warming climate, is sure to negatively affect the state’s $600 million snowmobile industry. New research provides a sobering look at just how much. A significant part of Vermont’s snowmobiling appeal lies in the state’s interlocking network of trails, which allow snowmobilers to cover large geographic areas, said Robert Manning, a natural resources professor at the University of Vermont and lead author of the study, which is based on an online survey of 1,450 members of VAST, the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, in November and December of 2015.The survey results were presented at a meeting of the Northeast Recreation Research Symposium in Annapolis, Maryland on April 4.  “If connections between trails are lost, even if there’s sufficient snow cover in pockets of the state, participation rates could decline sharply,” he said.Once the percentage of Vermont trails that are open drops below about 65 percent, snowmobilers will begin to stay home, according to the survey. With about half the trails open, participation would drop 25 percent. With 10 percent open, the participation rate would decline by 75 percent.Another troubling fact to emerge: 70 percent of snowmobilers surveyed said they began their snowmobile rides from their homes, a convenience that relies on good snow cover. 31.2 percent reported that having to drive to snowmobile trails would detract “a great deal” from the experience.Days of snow cover were also a significant detractor; with fewer than 75 days of cover, participation rates began to decline. With 25 days, rates would decline by 50 percent.Snow decline in Vermont is likely, given past history and projected temperature increasesDeclining snowfall in Vermont at the normal elevations of most snowmobile trails has already occurred and is likely to continue in coming years.During the 1960s, the average snow depth for winter (December to February) was six inches, according the statistics compiled by the National Weather Service  at the Burlington International Airport, but has been closer to four inches during the last decade, the lower limit for snowmobiling.  Over the past two decades (from 1995 to 2014), Vermont has experienced the highest winter temperatures observed in the historical record, according to the National Climate Assessment Summary for Vermont.  Vermont’s temperatures are projected to rise by another 2 to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050, according to the Vermont Climate Assessment(link is external), making further diminution of average snow depth likely. “The repercussions of climate change on Vermont’s snowmobile industry could be significant,” said Manning. “Even modest declines in participation could affect the VAST budget and, potentially, the organizations’ ability to maintain trails.”Regular grooming of trails was one of the most significant factors survey respondents cited as defining a quality snowmobiling experience. “Given the importance of the snowmobile industry as an economic driver, in Vermont and elsewhere,” Manning said, “this one more reason why we need to do all we can to address the challenge of climate change.”last_img read more

Karten petitions for readmission

first_img July 1, 2012 Regular News Karten petitions for readmission Karten petitions for readmissionAlan Ira Karten of Miami has submitted an application for Bar readmission with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.Karten was disbarred pursuant to an October 10, 2002, Supreme Court order for violating Rule 4-8.4(c) of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.The Florida Board of Bar Examiners will conduct a public hearing on Karten’s application for readmission. All members of the Bar are invited to write to the board regarding their knowledge of Karten, particularly in relation to his character and fitness for readmission.If you wish to be notified of the time and place of the hearing, submit a written request to Michele A. Gavagni, executive director of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750.last_img read more

The market in minutes – Sussex

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England vs Nigeria: Victor Moses joins Super Eagles camp ahead of friendly

first_imgChelsea wing-back, Victor Moses has joined his Super Eagles teammates in their London camp ahead of their pre-World Cup friendly against England at Wembley on Saturday.Moses’ arrival was confirmed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on their verified Twitter handle on Thursday.“Victor Moses has joined the team in camp, everybody is in now,” the NFF tweeted.Moses, who won the FA Cup with Chelsea,should be in contention for a starting place when Gernot Rohr’s men face the Three Lions this weekend.Rohr’s side departed for London on Wednesday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.The total number of Eagles players in camp is now 26.last_img

UFC President Dana White Posts Instagram Photo Of Brock Lesnar And Himself Foreshadowing A Possible UFC Return

first_imgLesnar last fought in the UFC in July of 2016, defeating Mark Hunt in a unanimous decision victory in which he grounded the heavy-handed fighter with his wrestling background. The win was very quickly turned into a no-contest when a USADA drug test showed that Lesnar failed the test. Since then, not a single murmur or comment has been stated by a UFC official on the possible return of the one-time UFC Heavyweight Champion. Eli Mooneyham The UFC has been rumored to be in talks with Brock Lesnar for yet another return to the Octagon in 2018. UFC President Dana White appears to be in negotiations with “The Beast” following a late Instagram post on Sunday evening. Related TopicsBrock LesnarDana White Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on AllSportsCleveland.com. He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling.last_img read more

Missouri, Georgia trying to stay alive in SEC East race

first_imgTigers’ freshman Drew Lock to make his third start at quarterback. Lock threw two interceptions in Missouri’s 21-3 home loss to Florida last week.Tigers’ freshman Drew Lock to make his third start at quarterback. Lock threw two interceptions in Missouri’s 21-3 home loss to Florida last week.ATHENS, Ga. — Missouri and Georgia, who have combined to win the last four SEC East titles, know the loser of Saturday night’s game will be all but eliminated from this year’s race.Georgia (4-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) has lost two straight games to Alabama and Tennessee entering Saturday night’s game against Missouri. The Bulldogs must play the remainder of the season without their biggest star, tailback Nick Chubb, whose string of 13 straight 100-yard games ended with a left knee injury on the first play of last week’s loss to the Vols.Missouri (4-2, 1-2 SEC) is the two-time defending division champion, but the Tigers are expected to be without suspended quarterback Maty Mauk, leaving freshman Drew Lock to make his third start. Lock threw two interceptions in Missouri’s 21-3 home loss to Florida last week.Georgia won the East in 2011 and 2012 before Missouri’s two-year run. The last team to play in the SEC championship game with more than one conference loss was South Carolina, at 5-3 2010. That extremely rare 2010 season may be cited by the Georgia-Missouri loser as reason for hope, but it seems unlikely an SEC East team with three losses will catch No. 8 Florida (6-0, 4-0).Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Lock’s demeanor “was great” against Florida’s strong defense despite completing only 16 of 39 passes for 151 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns. Pinkel is hoping the young quarterback learns from the tough day.“That’s how you grow the most,” Pinkel said. “Hopefully you make lessons and you learn, and you don’t make the same mistakes. So that’s what we really want for him.”Georgia also has had up-and-down results from quarterback Greyson Lambert. The Virginia transfer was almost perfect in wins over South Carolina and Southern before completing only 10 of 24 for 86 yards with an interception against Alabama and 15 of 32 for 279 yards with two touchdowns in last week’s 38-31 loss at Tennessee.Lambert’s backup, Brice Ramsey, also has struggled.Some things to watch when Missouri plays Georgia:SONY TIME: Sony Michel, who will replace Chubb as the starting tailback, ran for 145 yards on 22 carries against Tennessee, including a 66-yarder. Keith Marshall, Brendan Douglas and fullback Quayvon Hicks also could have some carries. Michel had 410 yards rushing last year but he was behind Todd Gurley and Chubb on the depth chart. Now Michel has his chance to be the lead back.TIGERS TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Missouri has not allowed more than 21 points in any game. The Tigers lead the SEC in pass defense and scoring defense, giving up only 13.5 points per game. They rank second in total defense. Missouri will go after Lambert with a pass rush that has produced 18 sacks, including five against Florida. Ends Charles Harris and Walter Brady have combined for 10 sacks.NO HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE: The road team has three straight wins in the Missouri-Georgia series. The Bulldogs took a 34-0 win at Missouri in 2014.HERSCHEL RAN HERE: Center Evan Boehm was part of the Missouri team that took a 41-21 win at Georgia in 2012. He said he’s telling his younger teammates to “embrace the environment” of Sanford Stadium. “There’s a lot of tradition inside that stadium,” Boehm said. “The fans are crazy. It’s just a fun atmosphere to play football in … the same stadium as Herschel Walker and a lot of other guys.”THIRD-DOWN BLUES: Georgia converted only 4 of 14 third downs against Tennessee after converting 3 of 17 against Alabama. Coach Mark Richt said his staff studied every third-down play of the season “and tried to find the common themes and threads and things that we might be able to do better.”last_img read more

India’s Got Talent Gymnast Rafey Khan medals at Asian Cup

first_imgAdvertisement a3bqaNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5kl6Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eaz5d7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 84Would you ever consider trying this?😱6xkqCan your students do this? 🌚4074rRoller skating! Powered by Firework India’s Got Season 8 contestant Rafey Khan has medalled at the floor-exercise event of the 1st Junior Artistic Gymnastics Asian Cup. Rafey impressed the judges in the reality show but couldn’t make it to the semi-finals.Advertisement Image Credits: The BridgeThe inaugural event was held at Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia and boys aged between 13 to 15 from all across Asia participated in the event.“I was selected through Khelo India Youth Games, where I was crowned the champion in artistic gymnastics. This opened the gateway for me to the Junior Asian Cup, which was my first international outing,” said Rafey while speaking to The Bridge.Advertisement Rafey also participated in Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega and judge Farah Khan admired his skills.Rafey’s medal comes nearly eight years after Ashish Kumar’s feat, who won the first medal for India in male artistic gymnastics.Advertisement “I was a bit nervous going into my maiden international journey. However, my coaches, Ankit Tripathi, and Raja Babu, along with my family immensely motivated me to do well. Kazakhstan and the Chinese Taipei teams were pretty strong contenders, and winning a medal alongside them has lifted my confidence. I just gave my best” further added Rafey.ALSO READ: Gymnast Aakash Bagade’s body paralyzed during training  Advertisementlast_img read more

Traffic snarl to end soon

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT THE end to the frustration is in sight for drivers facing constant delays along Healesville-Kooweerup Road between…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

2014 Nelson Cyswog’n’fun triathlon early bird deadline July 6

first_imgIt’s time to start training for the 2014 Nelson Cyswog’n’fun triathlon.And what better way to gain some incentive than to take advantage of the early bird registration deadline of July 6.The 2014 Nelson Cyswog’n’fun triathlon goes Sunday, August 3 at Rotary Lakeside Park. The main Olympic Course race begins with a 1.5 kilometre swim before competitors hope the bike for a 39 km cycle and 10 km run.Short course is 500 metre swim, 22 km ride and five km run run.There are individual and team categories.In 2013, Eddie Smith of Penticton ran away with the men’s long course top prize while Sarah MacArthur of Calgary won the women’s race after Helen Munro of Kelowna was disqualified.In the short course race Ian Sharp was crowned the men’s winner after it was determined that Connor Breitkreuz of Robson missed a turn, forcing race officials to disqualify the local competitor.For complete information go to the Nelson Cyswogn Fun website.last_img read more