Monday, February 27, 2012

20th Anniversary of "A River Runs Through It"

Looking back at the Movie's Incluence on Montana, Fly Fishing

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Robert Redford classic, which was based on the novella of the same name written by Norman Maclean and set in Western Montana and Missoula (although many scenes were shot in Bozeman and Livingston. The story follows the family of a Presbyterian minister, whose two sons were brought closer through their love of fly fishing.
The movie, starring Brad Pitt as “the fly fishing newspaper man,” won the Academy Award for best cinematography in 1993 and not only changed Hollywood but changed the fly fishing landscape in Montana and beyond.
According to the Internet Movie Database, “A River Runs Through It,” debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 13, 1992, and finally opened in the U.S. on Oct. 9, 1992.
By 1993, fly fishing – not to mention real estate and tourism -- was booming again in Missoula.
But with that uptick in fly fishers and attraction to Western Montana came overfishing and environmental strain.
“From a retail shop point of view, it was a great thing for business,” Justin King, owner of Montana Troutfitters in Bozeman, tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. “From the viewpoint of being a local kid that grew up on the river, it went from being able to find anyplace to fish by yourself to having to get up early and get out there before everyone else.”
But before “A River Runs Through It,” the river that was supposed to be the setting of the movie (Blackfoot River) was already going through hard times because of grazing, logging and mining. So, while few outsiders might even realize, much of the movie wasn’t even filmed in Missoula or on the Blackfoot.
Instead it was filmed in Livingston and on the Gallatin River in many cases.
Today, thanks in part of conservation efforts and support that likely came about because of the movie, the Blackfoot River is a free flowing river again and has started to turn the corner in terms of its overall health.
“Now it’s a viable fishery again,” Patrick Markey, a co-producer of the film, told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. “The film was maybe the impetus to get that done.”
So did a “River Runs Through It” actually make Montana a better place for outdoors fans and fly fishers, or did it take away from its charm and wealth of fishing opportunities?
Depends on your perspective, really.
If you’re a longtime fly fisherman from Montana, it probably made things tougher on you. Unless you were a fly fishing guide, of course, and were able to fly fishing for a living thanks to the renewed interest the movie brought about.
So for better or for worse, it’s hard to argue another movie has had a bigger impact on Western Montana. And 20 years later, it’s amazing to see “A River Runs Through It” still has an effect on Big Sky Country.
Let’s hope that impact continues to be a positive one for the Blackfoot and other rivers that have been plagued by logging, overfishing, mining and grazing.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Animal Clinic of Kalispell Honors Pet Dental Month

Humane Society Volunteer Orientation

by TOPDOG on FEBRUARY 14, 2012

Help Us Help Orphaned Pets!

The Humane Society of Northwest Montana is hosting its monthly volunteer orientation at their adoption center on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 11a.m. The one-hour introductory session is open to the public and registration is not required. So, if you would like to learn how you can help orphaned cats or dogs, make plans to attend. Located at 100 Adopt A Pet Way, off Hwy 93 between Kalispell and Whitefish, the Humane Society is home to the Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center.
The Humane Society’s volunteer program is available to adults who are at least 16 years old. Volunteers are needed to assist with animal care & exercise, community education, reception area/client relations, fundraising, special events, dog walking, and cat grooming. For more information, please call 752-7297 (PAWS) or visit

“Free” Pet Dental Consultations

Animal Clinic of Kalispell
Because dental care is vital to a pet’s overall health and the month of February is designated as National Pet Dental Health Month, theHumane Society of Northwest Montana would like to share the good news that Dr. Jevon Clark and our friends at the Animal Clinic of Kalispell are offering “free” pet dental exams for the remainder of February.  And if that’s not enough to motivate you to make an appointment for your pet, if your pet needs dental work as a result of the consultation and you have the dental work done before the end of the month, you’ll also receive a 10% discount off the total dental invoice.
So, what are you waiting for?  For more information, or call 406-755-6886.  The Animal Clinic of Kalispell is located at 1408 Airport Road in Kalispell and their office hours are Mon – Fri, 8am – 5:30pm.

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Whitefish Carnival Parade Pooches

FEBRUARY 2, 2012
Calling all dog walkers and animal lovers! Whitefish Winter Carnival Parade! If you and your canine (who likes to walk on a leash) would like to participate in the Whitefish Winter Carnival Parade and show your support for the Humane Society of Northwest Montana, please join us on Saturday afternoon, February 4th at 2:30 p.m. [...]
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Don K is Community Involved!

JANUARY 27, 2012
“Locally Owned and Community Involved“ It’s not just a slogan with Don K! On behalf of all the orphaned animals at the Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center, thank you Don Kaltschmidt, owner of Don K Chevy, Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge and Ram and Subaru, for your community spirit and thank you for the very generous donation [...]
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Super 1 Foods in Columbia Falls Sponsors Pet Awareness Day!

JANUARY 20, 2012
In support of orphaned pets at the Humane Society of Northwest Montana, Super 1 Foods in Columbia Falls is sponsoring “Pet Awareness Day” at their store location, off Hwy 40, on Saturday, January 21st with an “Early Bird Sale” from 7 am to 12 noon. Not only will store shoppers be able to take advantage [...]
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Cutest Pets Want Your Vote Today!

JANUARY 17, 2012
Hurry Up and Don’t Delay the Cutest Pets Want Your Vote Today! In an effort to support the Flathead Spay and Neuter Task Force and the Humane Society of Northwest Montana, The Daily Inter Lake is hosting its 2nd Annual Cutest Pet Contest and everyone is invited to cast a vote online or by ballot [...]
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Humane Society Volunteer Orientation

JANUARY 11, 2012
Help Us Help Pets! Kalispell, MT – Do you want to help homeless animals and have a few hours to spare? If so, please make plans to attend a one-hour volunteer orientation at the Humane Society of Northwest Montana and learn how you can improve the lives of orphaned cats and dogs. The Humane Society [...]
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Amazon “Wish List”

DECEMBER 16, 2011
Attention Animal Lovers and Online shoppers! If you have a heart for cats and dogs and believe that the best way to shop is to “point & click”, have we got a deal for you.  The Humane Society of Northwest Montana has created an Amazon “Wish List” for the homeless animals here at the Charlotte [...]
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Share the Love

DECEMBER 11, 2011
Thank you Don K Subaru! Santa and Humane Society volunteers had fun kicking off the “Share the Love” event yesterday at the locally owned Subaru dealership in Whitefish.  As a reminder to anyone in the market for a new car – Get a great deal on any new or leased Subaru now through January 3rd. [...]
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Paint, Metal & Mud


Celebrate Your Love of Great Art!

If you need some ideas for Cupid, stop on in, or give us call!  Our artists are happy to help you shop for that special someone (even if you can't make it in to the gallery yourself).  Paint Metal and Mud is full of wonderful jewelery, glass art, pottery, paintings, wall art, photographs, fabric bowls, and quilts--all inspired by the gorgeous Flathead Valley. We even carry a wonderful assortment of unique and beautiful greeting cards for easy, one-stop shopping!

Don't forget to celebrate your love of great art, by making sure your walls, tables, and beds have a beautiful new look this year.

And for those who appreciate fine art AND fine Chocolate, mark your calendars for Feb 10th's "A Chocolat Affaire".  Wander through downtown businesses tasting a variety of chocolate treats and drinks while shopping for your valentine, a family member, or friend!  Shopping, tasting, and judging of the tasty morsels is from 5:00 to 7:00pm. From 7:00 until 10:00pm treat yourself to wonderful evening of music at the Split Rock Cafe sponsored by John Simpson and Don K Subaru.  Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase as you enjoy the music and find out who wins the prize for best Chocolate as well as other fun door prizes!

Finally, as a special Valentine to you, we hope you'll check out our coupon on!

As always, thanks for supporting Flathead Valley Local Artists!