Montana: The Lights Go On In the Yaak River Valley

In the rugged, remote northwest corner of Montana, the Yaak River Valley is a picture postcard of some yesteryear. Moose muse among the willows. Elk graze on the slopes. White-tailed deer browse in the bottom land. Deep among the whispering pine and the hemlock, among the silver aspen and birch, the bears dig into windfalls for grubs. Rainbow trout, cutthroat and whitefish tumble in Beetle and Winkum Creeks.

In that bucolic 45-mile-long valley, 83 families live peacefully in humble cabins and fine log homes. Hunting rifles adorn their walls and fishing rods...

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