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Pablo Elementary students celebrate Wilderness Act Pablo Elementary students celebrate Wilderness Act

RONAN – In honor of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act, approximately 40 second-grade students from Pablo Elementary School hiked on Sept. 3 to the edge of the Mission Mountain Tribal Wilderness to learn how to safely appreciate and enjoy the great outdoors.  The hike to Swartz Lake was guided by staff from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Department of Natural Resources and emphasized the importance of shared public outdoors spaces. “It became a law that we left some of the places in our country without roads,” second grade teacher Carolyn Pardini said as she explained the legislation to her class. “We’re going to t...


Distance swimmer raises money for Polson child Distance swimmer raises money  for Polson child

Swimming in Flathead Lake is one of summer’s pleasures, but distance swimmer Emily von Jentzen takes swimming seriously.  Von Jentzen dipped her toes in Flathead Lake at approximately 9 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Somers boat launch and swam for 24 hours. She’s making this swim to raise money ...

Commissioners raise water, sewer rates Commissioners raise water, sewer rates

POLSON — The Polson City Commissioners passed both an ordinance to amend the City’s assessment of water charges and approved a resolution to restructure the water system rates and provide for a change in the water and sewer rates at their Sept. 3 meeting.  The utility bill for the average...

Water compact negotiations reopen

MISSOULA – The Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission brought several narrowly tailored suggestions about how to protect the rights of Flathead Indian Irrigation Project irrigators to a water compact negotiation session between the state, federal and Confederated Salish and Kootenai governmen...

Dayton Daze plays at park Dayton Daze plays at park

DAYTON — The theme was Gangsters, Molls and the Roaring Twenties, and suspenders, fedoras and flapper dresses were the dress dujour at the annual Dayton Daze celebration on Sept. 5. The celebration raises money each year to benefit the Chief Cliff Fire Service Area. The Idle Spur, usually the host o...

Throb of engines announce Polson Fly-In Throb of engines announce Polson Fly-In

POLSON — “Breezy” Bob Alm landed his Breezy at Polson Airport Saturday. The aircraft looked like a pair of wings welded to couple of ladders. Immediately he began peeling off layers of down coats, although he said the weather wasn’t too bad on Sept. 5 for the Polson Fly-In.  D...

Tribes are in ‘age of cooperation’ Tribes are in ‘age of cooperation’

POLSON — Rob McDonald, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal communications director, spoke on the State of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes at the Sept. 3 Polson Chamber of Commerce luncheon.  “Relations between the tribes and the larger community are the best they’ve ...

St. Ignatius council hashes out police coverage problems

ST. IGNATIUS – Town and county officials said on Sept. 2 that they will try to better coordinate work schedules to provide more law enforcement coverage for St. Ignatius as the municipality enters its fourth month without a police chief.  The council has grappled with citizen complaints of incr...

Lake County schools welcome new teachers to campus Lake County schools welcome new teachers to campus

  Elizabeth Lask teaches math at Two Eagle River School. She moved here from Missoula, where she just earned her master’s degree in math education. Before that, Lask taught in Browning. In her spare time, she plays the piano and hangs out with her cat, Roscoe. “I just love working w...

Lake County schools welcome new teachers to campus Lake County schools welcome new teachers to campus

ST. IGNATIUS — St. Ignatius Schools welcomes two new teachers this year.  Jacob Bosley is the high school Title I and Mission Forward Academy teacher at Mission High School. He is a Mission Valley native who is returning to his alma mater after graduating high school in 2006.  It is Bos...

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