A recent day in the Bitterroot Valley brightens the mood here in the middle of winter. That blue sky is always a nice thing to see.

And, a reminder that the deadline for the Ravalli County Museum's "Ernst Peterson Photograph Montana" contest is this weekend. Your photo could win a prize! The entries will go on display next month, along with some special reproductions of the late Bitterroot photographer Ernst Peterson. Call the museum at (406) 363-3338.

This photo shows one of the ice-free ponds at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. By the way, they'll be marking Groundhog Day next Tuesday at the refuge. Bob Danley will be talking about that on our weekly Thursday 8 a.m. report on KLYQ 1240 AM and klyq.com.