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ST. IGNATIUS – Seventeen months after a devastating arson caused fire engulfed the Confederated Salish and Kootenai People’s Center in Pablo, eight historic works of art damaged by soot, smoke and extreme heat have been returned, rejuvenated to their former glory. On Thursday, Joe Abbrescia, a Kalispell-based conservator specializing in restoring damaged works of art, delivered the revitalized paintings. “Just glad to see them come home again,” said Three Chief Cultural Center program director Marie Torosian. “It just makes us happy. They’ll be able to be seen by everybody and shared by their families.” During Thursday’s reunion, Abbr...


Flathead Reservation Water Management Board holds first meeting Flathead Reservation Water Management Board holds first meeting

RONAN — Watching last week’s inaugural meeting of the Flathead Reservation Water Management Board was like watching an egg crack open after five years in a turbulent nest. The hatchling was predictably a little disoriented, but absolutely committed to finding its footing and moving forward. Th...

Sheriff’s office investigates possible homicide-suicide

  News from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office BIG ARM — On Jan. 19 around 4 a.m., Lake County 911 received a report of a possible homicide-suicide at a residence in the Big Arm area.  79-year-old Florence Brown was shot and killed, and her son, 48-year-old Kirk Brown, had been...

AmeriCorps groups seek affordable housing for service members AmeriCorps groups seek affordable housing for service members

UNITED STATES — In March of 2017, in a parking lot with snow piled up outside of a Missoula church, I loaded everything I owned into 1960s model Dodge Cobra motorhome that was so rusted you could not tell where the orange paint ended and auburn rust spots began. I named it “Old Crusty.”&nbs...

At-home rapidCOVID tests available for free

UNITED STATES — All residential households in the U.S. are now eligible to receive four at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for free. Announced last week by the White House and fulfilled by USPS, the ordering site has now gone live: special.usps.com/testkits One order of four tests can be made per ...

Grant funds writing residencies in seven Lake County schools Grant funds writing residencies in seven Lake County schools

FLATHEAD RESERVATION — The Young Voices of the Mission Mountains, a creative writing residency program for Salish and Kootenai students, has just received $30,000 in funding through a Grant for Arts Project award.  Orchestrated by the Missoula Writing Collaborative, the grant will fund the payr...

Flathead Reservation Water Management Board to select member Flathead Reservation Water Management Board to select member

RONAN — The Flathead Reservation Water Management Board held its first meeting Thursday with just four members: the Tribal Council’s two picks, Clayton Matt and Teresa Wall-McDonald, and Governor Greg Gianforte’s two selections, Roger Noble and Kenneth Pitt.   Matt, who chaired the ...

Dixon seniors for Jan. 26, 2022

DIXON — Dixon Senior Center continues to serve our community and hopes everyone is staying happy and healthy. All are invited to come enjoy dinner.  Meals will be served Monday and Thursday evenings at 5 p.m. Meals are $4 per serving and are deliverable to Dixon residents upon request. We are also...

St. Ignatius seniors for Jan. 26, 2022

ST. IGNATIUS — And just like that, we are entering February in a few days. At our board meeting, we decided to have a “Bingo Saturday” once a month. In February, this will be on the 12th, beginning at 2 p.m. Since it’s right before Valentine’s Day, we will also hold a bake sale ...

Polson seniors for Jan. 26, 2022

POLSON — Tax season is upon us. Free tax filing services for seniors are available starting on Feb. 3 and then every Monday and Thursday thru April 14. Call for an appointment, or drop in for more information. Tax assistants are available at the center from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring all tax information with...

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