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  • BLM issues decision on Left Coulee Bullwhacker Access

    Updated May 9, 2024

    U.S. Bureau of Land Management Bureau of Land Management officials signed a Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact for a travel plan amendment opening a 0.6-mile primitive road in the Left Coulee area of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument’s Bullwhacker region, providing legal public motorized and mechanized access to that area. In 2023, the Square Butte Grazing Association and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks finalized a Public Access Land Agreement through a private parcel along Cow Creek. The B...

  • Prescribed burns planned in Missouri Breaks Monument, CM Russell refuge

    Updated Apr 26, 2024

    Press release In a crucial step toward maintaining the health and resilience of our public lands, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management are set to conduct prescribed burning activities on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge and Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. Weather permitting, these activities will commence Monday, April 29, and are expected to cover up to 14,374 acres over three weeks. The burns will occur during daylight hours and be visible for several miles. The... Full story

  • BLM seeks public input on Little Rockies Forest Health Project

    Updated Apr 11, 2024

    Bureau of Land Management planners invite public input as they develop plans for multiple fuels treatments and forest health projects to occur within a large area of the Little Rocky Mountains outside of the communities of Zortman and Landusky. The Little Rockies Forest Health Project is part of the BLM’s ongoing commitment to keep public lands healthy and accessible by improving forest conditions and minimizing the threat of catastrophic wildfire. A public open house meeting to initiate public scoping for this project is s...

  • BLM seeks public comments on Bullwhacker Left Coulee Access EA

    Updated Feb 28, 2024

    Press release Bureau of Land Management planners invite public input on an environmental assessment analyzing the potential opening of a 0.6-mile primitive road through a travel plan amendment that would provide legal public motorized and mechanized access to the Bullwhacker area of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. The EA and supporting documents are available on the e-Planning website for a 30-day public comment period – Feb. 28 through March 28, 2024 — at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplan...

  • Correction - Bullwhacker access comments

    Updated Jan 22, 2024

    A story on the front page of the Jan. 5 edition of Havre Daily News about U.S. Bureau of Land Management considering opening access to the Bullwhacker area of Upper Missouri River Breaks Management inadvertently left out where to access the proposal online and how to submit comments. A description of the proposal and maps of the project area are available on the e-Planning website at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2030427/510 . Comments may be submitted using the following methods: Electronic (preferred) BLM... Full story

  • BLM proposes reopening road to Bullwhacker area

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Jan 22, 2024

    Editor’s note: This version includes online and mail access to provide comments, which was inadvertently left out of the original version. The Montana Bureau of Land Management is soliciting public comment on their plan to possibly open the Bullwhacker area of the Upper Missouri River Breaks to mechanized and motorized vehicle access. A description of the proposal and maps of the project area are available on the e-Planning website at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2030427/510 . Comments may be submitted using...

  • BLM's Coal Banks Landing, James Kipp Recreation Area close for winter season

    Updated Nov 28, 2023

    Press release The Coal Banks Landing Campground and James Kipp Recreation Area will close for the winter season, starting Friday, Dec. 1, according to Bureau of Land Management officials at the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. The campgrounds, along with the day-use areas, including launch ramps and restroom facilities, will be inaccessible throughout the winter closure. "The boat launch and other facilities there aren't safe or accessible for recreation and are...

  • Hunters need to be Bear Aware

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is reminding hunters that the area where bears could be expected is growing. Grizzly bears have the potential to be found anywhere in the western two-thirds of Montana — west of Billings — and their distribution is denser and more widespread than in previous years. Some areas with dense concentrations of grizzly bears are very accessible to hunters, especially during the archery season. Keep these precautions in mind when hunting in grizzly country: • Carry and...

  • Hunters must expect to see bears

    Updated Sep 14, 2023

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Grizzly bears have the potential to be found anywhere in the western two-thirds of Montana — west of Billings — and their distribution is denser and more widespread than in previous years. Some areas with dense concentrations of grizzly bears are very accessible to hunters, especially during the archery season. Keep these precautions in mind when hunting in grizzly country: • Carry and know how to use bear spray. Keep it within easy reach and be prepared to use it immediately. • Stay alert,...

  • Coal Ridge Fire is out

    Updated Sep 5, 2023

    The Coal Ridge fire in Blaine County was declared controlled Monday morning and the Montana Bureau of Land Management said this morning that all firefighting resources have been released. The fire, originally reported last Tuesday north of the Stafford Ferry in Blaine County, reached 1,200 acres late last week after more than doubling its initially reported 450 acres that Tuesday, but by Friday the fire was 60 percent contained after firefighters worked to establish a perimeter around the blaze. Releases from BLM said the...

  • Coal Ridge fire at 1,200 acres as containment efforts continue

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Sep 1, 2023

    In the past day, the Coal Ridge Fire in Blaine County, 5 miles North of Stafford Ferry, has remained at 1,200 acres despite a day of erratic winds as firefighters establish a perimeter around most of the blaze. A release from the Montana Bureau of Land Management Thursday said the fire has now been mapped at 1,200 acres, up from the previous estimate of 450 acres Tuesday. Wednesday, BLM said the fire had burned 790 acres of private land, 166 acres of BLM managed lands, including areas within the Upper Missouri River Breaks...

  • Fire in Blaine County grows despite rain and calming winds

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    While the Coal Ridge Fire in Blaine County has grown significantly, Tuesday night rain and calmer winds seem to have kept the fire from spreading more uncontrollably. A release from the Montana Bureau of Land Management Wednesday said the fire has now been mapped at 1,200 acres, up from the previous estimate of 450 acres the day before, having burned 790 acres of private land. The release said 166 acres of Bureau of Land Management managed lands, including areas within the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument and...

  • Fire starts in Blaine County

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Aug 30, 2023

    Bureau of Land Management reported Tuesday that a fire had broken out in Blaine County near the Stafford Ferry on the Missouri River. At the start of a regional weekly fire update call Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., it had been another light week for fires in this area of Montana, although local governments and agencies were being asked to be cautious for the next few days due to winds potentially worsening fire conditions. At 1 p.m. Tuesday, well after the fire call, the fire was...

  • Blaine County PALA increases access to public lands

    Updated Aug 29, 2023

    Press release In a joint effort between the Montana Game Warden's Association - MGWA - and Square Butte Grazing Association, a new road culvert has been installed as part of the Spencer Cow Camp Public Access Land Agreement, or PALA. In the spring of 2023, Square Butte Grazing Association entered into a 10-year PALA agreement with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. The PALA provides year-round access through private land to adjacent to Bureau of Land Management Upper Missouri...

  • FWP and partners create videos on recreating safely, ethically on rivers

    Updated Aug 28, 2023

    Press release HELENA - Ever get in a traffic jam at a boat ramp? How about arriving at a boat campsite after a long float and discovering trash left behind by the previous campers? Many river recreators, both resident and nonresident, have experienced behaviors they wished they hadn't. With this in mind, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, along with several conservation partners, created a series of videos , available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/pl...

  • Black Butte Fire 70-percent contained

    Updated Aug 7, 2023

    Havre Daily News staff The Bureau of Land Management reported Saturday that no new growth occurred on the Black Butte Fire in southern Blaine County east of Landusky on the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, Containment of the 460 acre fire was estimated at 70 percent Saturday, the bureau said in a press release. The lightning-caused wildfire, located on BLM-managed lands near the Missouri River about 20 miles west of Landusky, had a Type 2 crew assigned to the fire, including multiple overhead units and engines....

  • Black Butte Fire 20-percent contained; aerial resources provide more-accurate mapping

    Updated Aug 4, 2023

    From U.S. Bureau of Land Management Wildland fire-fighting crews and aerial resources working the Black Butte Fire, in north-central Montana, were able to suppress the fire's growth Thursday, with containment estimated at about 20%. Aerial perimeter mapping conducted Thursday brought more-accurate and welcome news that the fire's total acreage is approximately 460 acres – smaller than initial ground-level visual estimates. The wildfire located on BLM-managed lands near the M...

  • 700-acre wildfire burns in Blaine County

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    A 700-acre fire is burning in southern Blaine County on Bureau of Land Management-managed land in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. A release from BLM says the now-named Black Butte Fire is about 20 miles west of Landusky, burning timber grass and sagebrush, but is in a remote area of the monument and no structures are at risk for the moment. The wildfire was reported Aug. 1 at 1 p.m. when smoke was spotted in the Ervin Ridge area of the monument, the release said, and BLM’s North Central Montana District wil...

  • Hill County and City of Havre to implement fire restrictions Friday

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Aug 1, 2023

    Hill County will move into Stage 1 fire restrictions Friday after seeing five fires in the past week. During a regional fire call this morning Hill County Commissioner Jake Strissel said all five fires were human caused and affected 25 acres of land since the fire call last week, so the county will be implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions. These restrictions prohibit building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire unless noted in the exemptions below or as designated in the specific closure order. Smoking is...

  • Tester, Daines led Fort Belknap Water Compact passes Senate

    Tim Leeds|Updated Jul 31, 2023

    A historic deal more than a century in the making requiring the federal government to ensure members of the Fort Belknap Indian Community have water — and ensures water is available to everyone along the Milk River — took another major step forward Thursday. The Fort Belknap Indian Community Water Rights Settlement Act, led by Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., unanimously was passed by the U.S. Senate as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, a release from Tester’s office said. The Fort...

  • Fort Belknap water compact passes Senate committee

    Tim Leeds|Updated Jul 21, 2023

    An agreement more than a century in the making to settle water rights issues and provide water to Fort Belknap Indian Community — and to people all along the Milk River — Wednesday when the Fort Belknap Indian Community Water Rights Settlement Act passed out of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. The federal doctrine involving tribal water rights — The Winters Doctrine — started in Fort Belknap with the lawsuit Winters vx. United States, in which the U.S, Supreme Court established the doctrine that the federal government...

  • Fort Belknap water rights bill introduced to U.S. Senate

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Jun 15, 2023

    Montana Senss Jon Tester, a Democrat, and Steve Daines, a Republican, introduced the Fort Belknap Indian Community Water Rights Settlement Act to the Senate Wednesday, a potentially historic bill that will secure the Fort Belknap Indian Community’s Indian water rights. The bill would invest $1.3 billion in water infrastructure and provide economic opportunity across the Hi-Line as well as help to avoid costly litigation over water rights in the area, a release from Fort Belknap said Wednesday. The bill also includes c...

  • Seasonal boating restrictions start June 15 in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    Press release FORT BENTON - As paddle fishing season winds down, the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument begins seasonal boating restrictions along segments of the river designated as wild and scenic. Starting Thursday, June 15, seasonally restricted segments include: • Pilot Rock to Deadman's Rapids (River Mile 52 to 84.5): Motorized watercraft travel downstream only at no-wake speeds, every day. • Holmes Council Island to Fred Robinson Bridge (River Mile 92.5 to...

  • Obituary - Donna E. (Cornella) Larson

    Updated Jun 5, 2023

    Donna E. (Cornella) Larson, 95, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at Sweet Nursing Home of natural causes. Her Vigil Service will be at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church. Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Havre. Burial will be next to her husband at Highland Cemetery. Memorial donations in Donna's name may be made to St. Jude's in Havre, St. Antho...

  • Public invited to attend Tiber Reservoir public meeting

    Updated May 17, 2023

    Press release The Bureau of Reclamation is scheduled to host a public meeting Wednesday, May 24, 2023, from 6-8 p.m. at the Chester Community/Senior Center at 618 E. Adams Ave., Chester, to discuss recreation at Tiber Reservoir, Discussion topics will include camping, fishing, boating safety and more. There will be presentations about land and recreation, state of the fisheries, aquatic invasive species, noxious weed management and marina updates. “The public is encouraged to attend this public meeting,” Reclamation Natural R...

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