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Garden Creek Fire grows to 2K plus acres Garden Creek Fire grows to 2K plus acres

HOT SPRINGS – The lightning sparked Garden Creek wildfire burning in Sanders County, two miles northwest of Hot Springs, has scorched roughly 2,500 acres and is 20 percent contained as of Monday morning according to fire managers. On Friday morning, fire managers for the CSKT Division of Fire held a community meeting at the Hot Springs Senior Citizens Center to provide updated fire information and allow residents to ask questions. CSKT Fire Management Officer Ron Swaney and Bob McCrea addressed the group of more than 50 citizens explaining strategies and tactics used to battle the blaze.  They also addressed community members’ concerns about possible evacuations an...


Head on collision kills one, seriously injures two

POLSON – One man was killed and two passengers were seriously injured in a crash about two miles outside of town around 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10.  Patrick Allen Pierre lll, 38, of Ronan and Pablo, was driving a Ford Mustang in the south bound lane on Kerr Dam Road near Back Road and mile maker...

Summerfest car show turns heads Summerfest car show turns heads

POLSON – The blazing heat was no match for the more than 100 antique and classic cars, trucks, sports cars and street rods that lined up and down Main Street downtown Polson on Saturday. “We had an excellent turnout,” Mission Valley Cruisers president Ron Millstead said. The one-day c...

Polson City Commission swears in new police officer

POLSON—The police department added a new officer to its ranks last week. Police officer Dylan Moll was sworn in at the Aug. 6 commission meeting. Moll attended Polson High School and earned a degree in criminal justice from Flathead Valley Community College, where he was student body president.  ...

Chili cook off fires up the taste buds Chili cook off fires  up the taste buds

POLSON – Despite soaring temperatures, chili lovers united Saturday at Riverside Park for the 12th annual Rotary Chili Cook-off. The event, hosted by the Polson Rotary Club, featured 10 talented chili teams battling for top chili honors. The chili cook-off is the premier fundraising event for the...

Work underway to save historic paintings Work underway to save historic paintings

By Karen Peterson             Valley Journal ST. IGNATIUS – Repairs to save historic murals in the St. Ignatius Mission have begun – just when it started to look like they couldn’t wait much longer.  The walls seem grand when you first step through t...

A note on Montana Gap series

In late 2017, Montana legislators voted to substantially cut funding for mental health care, in response to a budget shortfall. In the wake of the budget cuts, a group of Montana newsrooms, in collaboration with High Country News and the Solutions Journalism Network, explored how communities are preventing t...

Where the old folks go Where the old folks go

After graduating from Harvard Medical School in 1986, Bill Thomas started working as the medical director of a small nursing home in central New York. It was a run-of-the-mill institution, “depressing and dispiriting,” he says. He was attending to an elderly resident’s rash one day when she...

Safety Days Safety Days

POLSON – Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children 12 years and younger, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In fact, the NHTSA finds that half of all child safety seats are not properly fitted to the child or installed correctly in a vehicle. ...

Back to School dates, open houses announced Back to School dates,  open houses announced

Polson Administrators have been working diligently with their insurance company and engineers to develop a plan to fix the unusable Linderman Elementary gymnasium, according to Polson Superintendent Rex Weltz. A parapet wall on the gym’s roof collapsed in January due to heavy snowfall, resultin...

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