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Holter and Hauser lake

With the change in weather, the Butte BLM is buttoning-up its recreation sites at Holter and Hauser lakes.

Holter, Hauser lakes recreation sites prepare for winter 

The Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office is preparing its recreation sites for the change in seasons.

While the BLM sites at Holter and Hauser lakes near Helena remain open to the public, most services and amenities have been shuttered for the season.

The boat docks at the campgrounds at the lakes were moved to dry land for the winter. Drinking water is no longer available to the public at any of the sites as the systems have been winterized.

For more information, contact the Butte Field Office at 406-533-7600.


Forest Service offices closed on Veterans Day

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest offices will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day; offices will reopen on Tuesday, Nov, 13.

Whenever Forest Service offices are closed, firewood permits and/or forest visitor maps can be purchased at one of the following locations, during their regular business hours:

Augusta: Allen’s Manix Store

Choteau: Rex’s Food Farm

*Elliston: Elliston Store

Great Falls: Scheels Sports and North 40 Outfitters

Harlowton: Wheatland County Sherriff’s Department

*Helena: South’s Market, Broadwater Market, Rockhand Hardware, and Capital Sports and Western

Hobson: Nancy’s Country Market

Lewistown: Sports Center

*Lincoln: Grizzly Hardware

Neihart: Neihart Inconvenience Store

Stanford: By-Way Service

*Townsend: Town & Ranch True Value

Vaughn: Valley Country Store (Eli’s Sinclair Station)

White Sulphur Springs: Meagher County Sherriff’s Department

*These are the only vendors/locations that sell forest maps.

For more information, contact your local Forest Service office or visit: or on Facebook at


Thompson Park closed for season

The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and Butte-Silver Bow have closed the gates at Thompson Park for the season. The park gates will reopen May 1, 2019, for the summer season.

The visitors to this area may park at the highway entrances and continue to walk in for recreation purposes. During this time maintenance services will not be provided at any of the developed sites within the park boundary. Visitors should plan to "pack in and pack out" everything they bring with them. Discharging firearms or other implements inside the park boundaries is prohibited.

For more information about Thompson Park or to obtain a map of the trails, contact the Butte Ranger District at 406-494-2147 or Butte-Silver Bow Parks Department at 406-497-6408.


Savor wild Montana with cookbook presentation

The Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, will welcome Chef Barrie Boulds and Montana author Jean Petersen for discussion of their new cookbook, "The Big Sky Bounty Cookbook: Local Ingredients and Rustic Recipes" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

From mountain streams in the west to rolling prairies in the east, Montana’s habitats and natural resources offer an abundance of culinary possibilities. 

Boulds and Petersen present locally sourced epicurean dishes that exude Montanan charm. Historical context enhances 75 easy, yet sophisticated, recipes celebrating unique flavors and heritage.

Published in June of 2018 by Arcadia Publishing, copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.


2019 artist-in-residence applications available

Artists are encouraged to apply for the 2019 Glacier National Park Artist-in-Residence Program. The application period will be open Nov. 1, 2018-Jan. 1, 2019.

The artist-in-residence program offers professional artists focused time to creatively explore the park’s numerous and varied natural and cultural resources, and to share their work through educational programs and exhibits.

Each session will run for four weeks during June, July and September. The sessions offer artists uninterrupted time to pursue their artistic discipline and provide artists with a furnished house located in the park.

Those selected are required to present several public programs during their residency. 

Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applications are available online at More information on the program can be found at For more information contact the Volunteer Program Office at, or 406-888-7851.

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