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Racecars return to Speedway Racecars return to Speedway

“It’s so nice to hear (race cars) in the Mission Valley again,” announcer Steve Pickel said, listening to engines throbbing at the Mission Valley Speedway as they waited for the flag.  The racetrack and grounds were looking good July 26 for the first races in four years. Terry Pudwell, the man behind the restoration of racing at the Mission Valley Speedway, said he heard about the raceway and decided to try and get it going again. He leased the tribally-owned track in June, and he and Dixon Helgeson are bringing the track back, insisting on safety. Helgeson will check to make sure cars have the appropriate roll bars and safety harnesses before they race. On S...


Polson considers safe, accessible streets program Polson considers safe, accessible streets program

Mark Fenton started the Healthy Communities Workshop on July 22 asking the crowd of adults to close their eyes and think back to their childhood and the first memory of being active and playing. With these memories fresh in participants’ minds, Fenton started the questions. Were all the children the...

Flathead cherry marketing thrives with Co-op Flathead cherry marketing thrives with Co-op

Cherries were first introduced to Montana in 1866, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Grower’s interest blossomed quickly, and many began planting cherry trees around the Flathead Valley. By 1893 the trees had flourished in maturity, growing from eight to 12 feet tall.  ...

Charity riders push through Polson Charity riders push through Polson

POLSON – The blue clad riders spread out their arms in triumph and flashed a smile as they drifted down Polson Hill, finally catching a glimpse of Flathead Lake nestling up against the city where they would rest for the night at a local church.  The hopeful energy is more than most people could...

Quilt show honors Pat Anderson Quilt show honors Pat Anderson

RONAN — The theme of the 2014 Mission Mountain Quilt Guild show is “A Quilter’s Heart,” and that couldn’t be more appropriate since this year’s featured quilter is Pat Anderson. The show will be held in the K. William Harvey gymnasium on July 31 and Aug. 1 and 2. Hours are...

Going to the dogs (and cats): Life Savers Animal Rescue hold chair auction Going to the dogs (and cats): Life Savers Animal Rescue hold chair auction

POLSON — An antique high chair, brightly painted wooden chairs, needlepoint children’s chairs, a rocking chair and others — more than 20 chairs in all — are on display at 309 Main Street.  Life Savers Animal Rescue is auctioning off the chairs as a fundraiser. Final bidding in...

Polson residents urged to control noxious knotweed

POLSON — During the July 21 meeting of the Polson City Commission, John Hart, a member of the City of Polson Streets Department crew, gave a report on Japanese Knotweed, a noxious weed flourishing in Polson. Hart brought a slideshow and information for interested folks.  “It’s not y...

Ronan City Council eliminates, adds police chief candidates

RONAN — Last week Ronan City Council voted to accept a late job application for police chief and bring the city’s hiring pool for the position up to two candidates.  The decision came after much discussion about what constituted a completed application, and what exactly the want ad for th...

Insurance will cover Ronan class action lawsuit

RONAN — Insurance will cover the cost of a class action lawsuit filed June 3 against the City of Ronan, Ronan Police Department, and the town’s leadership.  City Attorney Kathleen O’Rourke Mullins told city council members in a July 21 meeting that she will relay costs for legal ser...

Irrigators listen to Water Compact presenters

RONAN — Last week more than 80 irrigators and elected officials gathered in Ronan to hear presenters from multiple state agencies explain the intricacies of the proposed Confederated Salish and Kootenai Water Compact.  The compact is a reserved water rights settlement agreement between the Trib...

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