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It’s summer; time for many folks to head to the mountains for vacation.

That’s fine, just remember Montana’s mountains are home to black and grizzly bears.

This time of year, bears are looking for any and all food sources as they wait for chokecherries, currants, buffalo berries and other natural foods to ripen.

This reminder: the American Legion Auxilliary’s July 4 Color Fun Run will be held Saturday morning.  Gayle Doney has more on this holiday activity.

For many the famous quote of the summer is "Let’s play ball!”

Mark Manseau, Lewistowns youth baseball promoter, has information you’ll need to enjoy the annual event.

Visiting a Montana fishing access site on the July 4th weekend is a great idea – just leave the fireworks at home.

Fire season in Montana is already underway in many parts of the state. This means it’s all our responsibility to be careful with fire and any potential sources of ignition. It’s been long-standing policy with FWP to keep fireworks off our sites to ensure the safety of our public and to protect our recreation and habitat resources.

(GREAT FALLS, Mont.) – An eager Russian delegation met with BLM mangers, fire and forestry personnel at the Bureau of Land Management HiLine District Office in Great Falls, Mont., June 9, 2016. 

The Russian visitors consisted of five delegates and two interpreters, who represented the Russian Greenpeace organization and Moscow State University.

HiLine Oil and Gas Division Chief Dale Manchester started the meeting with an overview of the BLM organization.

The delegation expressed interest in learning about the BLM’s Fire and Forestry management programs. To accommodate their focus of interest, BLM presenters traveling from Lewistown included Central Montana Fire Zone Fire Management Officer Brett Blumhardt, Fire Mitigation & Education Specialist Karly DeMars, Engine Capt. Isaac Wald, Assistant Engine Capt. Clint Mrnak, Seasonal Wildland Firefighter Kyle Patten, and Forester Bruce Reid. 

Reid talked about forest management practices used in the BLM Lewistown Field Office. 

Boaters in Montana have a couple of new rules to abide by this summer geared toward fighting the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Beginning May 21, boaters are now required to remove all vegetation from their vessels upon removing it from any surface water and before leaving the boat launch site. Additionally, drain plugs and any valve or device to prevent water from draining out of bilges or livewells must be removed before leaving the boat launch site. If the vessel doesn’t have a plug, reasonable measures must be made to dry or drain all compartments or spaces that hold water.

Ruth Putnam and Eileen Stahl with Central Montana Medical Center Hospice House are execting another record number of golfers for their golf tournament set for mid-July.

Across the country hunting enthusiasts are worried about the future of their pursuit. With the number of hunters declining nationally, that concern is understandable. However, Montana isn’t experiencing the same trend.

In the Big Sky state the sale of hunting licenses, both resident and non-resident, have remained solid. Additionally, hunting’s future is bright here as demand grows for hunter and bowhunter education classes.

And not only is the demand for these classes growing, but much of the growth is being seen in female students.

Billings, MT: Big Huddle is proud to announce today the creation of the Montana Football Hall of Fame.

Big Huddle, a non-profit organization working on reviving the MSUB football program, will spearhead the project but inductees will not be limited to former Eastern Montana College football players.

“This hall of fame is something that should have been in place for years,” Halmes said. “This Hall will honor the over 100 players that have made it to the NFL from a Montana school since 1926. We will honor great accomplishments of any past players, coaches and contributors that have helped support the game we all love from all over the state .” A spokesman for the National Football Foundation will make a special presentation during the ceremonies.

The inaugural induction ceremony August 12 will honor 10-12 past players from across all of Montana and feature speeches from all inductees as well as presentation of an official Montana Football Hall of Fame jacket along with a plaque and bio for the permanent Hall collection.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - State game wardens have been busy monitoring and hazing grizzly bears as they show up on the prairies east of the Rocky Mountain Front and north of Great Falls.

A trap was set for one after some chickens were killed, said Mike Madel, a Fish, Wildlife and Parks grizzly bear management specialist.

Warden Mike Krings tells the Great Falls Tribune ( ) that he used cracker shells to haze a bear away from the outskirts of Conrad on Tuesday evening.

Montana FWP is asking anglers and those interested in accessing fish information for their assistance in improving a replacement to the existing Fishing Guide andMFISH web query applications on the FWP website.

The current Fishing Guide and MFISH applications are the primary means FWP uses to disseminate fish and angling data for waterbodies, accounting for more than 230,000 unique page visits per year. New technology and new methods for storing fish survey and inventory data have allowed fisheries staff to enter and store more information on fish populations than was previously available and in a much more timely fashion.