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Fire season begins on Flathead Reservation Fire season begins on Flathead Reservation

 FLATHEAD RESERVATION – The local fire season is a bit late this year, but it managed to spark in late July amidst a global pandemic. “It was predicted that we would have an above normal fire season, but it’s late this year,” said C.T. Camel, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Division of Fire fire management specialist. “Conditions turned hot and dry and lightning and human activity started the fires.” A fire located eight miles west of Dixon is the biggest fire of the season – so far. As of Monday, Aug. 3, the Magpie Rock fire had burned 3,539 acres, according to the CSKT Division of Fire, with 330 people working the scene. The fire was r...


CSKT water compact bill clears first hurdle in U.S. Senate

FLATHEAD RESERVATION – A Montana water rights bill that would end a years-long debate was passed by a congressional committee on July 29, the next step in ensuring irrigators and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes can avoid lengthy and costly adjudication of irrigation rights.  Members...

Volunteers invited to help map stormwater, protect lake

POLSON – When it rains in downtown Polson, the water moves over farmland, streets and rooftops, and much of it eventually ends up in Flathead Lake. The Flathead Basin Commission wants to know how that water moves through the city’s stormwater system, and they’re looking to locals for help. ...

Polson school's summer meal program temporarily suspended

News from the Polson School District  POLSON – The Polson School District summer meal program has been temporarily suspended – effective immediately – beginning on July 28.  A district food service worker tested positive for COVID-19. The district has notified the Lake Cou...

Local schools still pondering fall openings, new superintendents welcomed Local schools still pondering fall openings, new superintendents welcomed

LAKE COUNTY – As the academic school year creeps closer for students who are tentatively scheduled to return to area classrooms in late August, school district administrators throughout the county have been busily crafting reopening plans and preparing classrooms for a safe return. While a few schoo...

View from the Library

Our library trustees voted unanimously to approve a “Fine Free Policy” for the library, which went into effect on Aug. 3. Other library systems have proven that late fines are not effective in getting materials returned, and for us, fines are less than one percent of total annual revenue.  ...

A home of their own, together A home of their own, together

Montana is the oldest state west of the Mississippi, and demographic projections show the state growing collectively older as more Montanans enter their senior years. The economic,  cultural, and personal impacts of that trend present the state and its residents with new challenges and, with those cha...

Dixon seniors for August 5, 2020

DIXON — Dixon Senior Center continues to serve our community. We are still adhering and following social distancing precautions. We are accepting take-out meal requests only. Meals will be served Monday and Thursday evenings, at 5:30 p.m. Meals are $4 per serving and are deliverable to Dixon residents ...

Polson seniors for August 5, 2020

POLSON — We are open. Masks are required and social distancing.  Activities at the Polson Senior Center are:  —  Exercise every Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. —  Bridge every Tuesday and Friday beginning at 12:30 p.m. —  Pinochle o...

St. Ignatius seniors for August 5, 2020

ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Senior Citizens Center has hired a new site manager. She is Irene Pritsak, a retired special education teacher. She starts work at the center Aug. 24 and said she is “thrilled and anxious to work for and with the center’s members, officers and staff.”&n...

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