Women’s Club golf champion

Congratulations to Dee Silknitteer  Wright for  the 2019 Cabinet View Golf Club’s Women Club Championship.  Dee is also the defending champion. She defeated Anna Guthrie 5&4 in the championship match. Submitted by Jeff Dooley.



Foundation Departmental Grant program brings

equipment to laboratory


The Cabinet Peaks Medical Center Foundation began the Departmental Grant Program in 2017 with a goal of helping medical center departments purchase items that directly impact patient care and employee satisfaction.  These items must be less than $5,000 each and must not by in the department’s current operating budget in order to be considered for the grant.

“The Foundation is pleased to be able to frequently provide equipment, on a smaller scale, that will help medical center patients and employees in ALL departments across the facility,” stated Kate Stephens, Executive Director of the Foundation.  “Often the community only hears about the Foundation’s big projects and the work we do to raise money for very expensive items within the medical center.  The departmental grant program, which is funded by the Foundation’s Mission Fund, has been a wonderful way for us to continue giving back to individual departments, and to reach more employees and more community members than ever before.”

Most recently, the program has purchased a CO2 Microbiology Incubator for the Laboratory Department.

According to Roger Riddle, Laboratory Manager, this technology has never been used at CPMC and is an advanced environment which allows the quicker and more efficient recovery of organisms that may infect humans.

“This equipment will allow us to be more thorough and complete with the information given to our providers to better treat our patients,” stated Riddle.  “This equipment gives a better recovery rate and shorter recovery time of all the human pathogens that require an increased CO2 environment to grow to the proper level of detection and identification.”

The Foundation reviews departmental grant applications on an on-going basis throughout the year.  “We are proud to be able to help more patients receive quality care, and more employees provide compassionate care with this new program, and cant’ wait to see how we can help again in the near future,” added Stephens.

If you have any questions about the Foundation, or how you can contribute to this cause, or other Foundation campaigns, please contact Kate Stephens at kstep@cabinetpeaks.org or 283-7140.

Submitted by Kate Stephens

Two grizzly bears moved to Cabinet

Mountains to help


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and its partners moved two grizzly bears into the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem in Lincoln County as part of an augmentation program designed to recover the bear population and improve its genetic diversity.

FWP, in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, captured the bears in the Whitefish Range. The first bear, a sub-adult female weighing 94 pounds, was released July 13 in the Spar Lake area on the Kootenai National Forest south of Troy. The second bear, a sub-adult male weighing 194 pounds, was released July 16 in the same area.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service leads the research and monitoring in the ecosystem in collaboration with FWP, Idaho Fish and Game, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Kootenai National Forest, and Lolo National Forest.

The Cabinet-Yaak Augmentation Program began in 1990 in an effort to save the population and boost genetic diversity. In 1988, biologists estimated fewer than 15 grizzly bears remained in the Cabinet-Yaak. The primary objectives of the program are to bolster reproduction through the addition of female bears, and overall genetic diversity through the addition of female and male bears. Twenty-two bears have now been added in the Cabinet Mountains since the program’s inception.

All bears moved through the augmentation program have no history of conflicts with people and were moved in the summer to take advantage of developing food supplies in the form of huckleberries. Initial augmentation consisted of females but in recent years males have also been added.

The current population of grizzly bears in the Cabinet-Yaak is estimated at 55-60 individuals with approximately half of these in the Cabinet Mountains and half in the Yaak River area. The population is growing at approximately 1-2 percent per year.

The Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem, one of six designated recovery zones for grizzly bears in the lower 48 states, is located in northwest Montana and northeast Idaho. Blocks of contiguous habitat extend into British Columbia, making this an international population. The recovery zone includes portions of the Kootenai, Idaho Panhandle, and Lolo National Forests (including one wilderness area). The Kootenai River bisects the ecosystem, with the Cabinet Mountains to the south and the Yaak River drainage to the north.

For FWP’s latest grizzly bear management report on the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem, visit fwp.mt.gov/regions/r1 and select under “Region 1 Wildlife Information.”

Submitted by Dillon Tabish