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Tribes announce emergency watercraft closure, restrictions

News from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council took action on Thursday to issue a watercraft and trailer closure on Flathead Reservation waters in response to the recent detection of invasive mussel populations in Montana. Effective immediately all watercraft must be inspected and cleared for launching into any Flathead Reservation water body by a certified boat inspector. All watercraft, trailers, water based personal equipment must be completely clean, drained and dry on all interior and exterior surfaces before launching into Flathead Reservation water bodies. Felt-soled waders are prohibited from use in any Flathead Res...

Emerald energy Emerald energy

RONAN – The sidewalks filled with people coming out to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade as it flowed down Main Street on Friday. “We can’t all be Irish, but we can pretend,” Pam Baird said, wearing a set of wobbly leprechauns on her head as she waited for the parade. Her...

Programs bring community together to support suicide awareness, prevention Programs bring community together to support suicide awareness, prevention

ARLEE – The first of several dinners developed around suicide awareness began at the Brown Building on Wednesday, March 15. It wasn’t a dinner where people got up and spoke about how to prevent suicide, although information was available in pamphlet form if anyone wanted it. The event was more...

Ronan home damaged by fire, smoke Ronan home damaged by fire, smoke

RONAN — A home on Canal Road in Ronan went up in smoke on Wednesday, March 15. The white plume of smoke in the tree line looked much like a controlled burn from town. “We were puzzled by that, too,” Fire Chief Mark Clary said. “But it depends on what materials are burning.&rdquo...

Canal cleaning, appeal discussed at meeting

ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control heard from the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project manager, talked about a legal appeal, decided to carry insurance on a new employee; and one seat was left empty on the board. The Wednesday, March 15, meeting started out with a report from FIIP Mana...

Boy’s wish comes true thanks to Montana Hope Project Boy’s wish comes true thanks to Montana Hope Project

POLSON — Fulfilling a child’s wish is what the Montana Hope Project is all about. One local child got his wish granted recently thanks to the project, which is funded through the Association of Montana Troopers. Joel DuMontier, 11, a fifth-grader who receives homebound instruction from Anna...

Commissioners approve mail-in ballot, pending Legislature’s decision

POLSON — In anticipation that the state Legislature may allow counties to have mail-in ballots for the May 25 special election to fill the seat of former U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, the Lake County commissioners last week approved a resolution adopting such a balloting process. The vote was 2-0 with Gale ...

puddle jumpers puddle jumpers

POLSON - Despite the dreary weather, nearly 70 runners came out to get some exercise and support a good cause during the March MeltDown 5K/10K race on Saturday. Due to the rain, the event turnout was a little under the weather. “Last year we had more, but it’s a rainy cold day,” said Lau...


POLSON — Remember last week when the power went off …no computer, cell towers down, couldn’t even brew a cup of coffee? I sat in the kitchen and talked with my wife for an hour. She seems like a nice person. Tax help is available at our center on Mondays and Thursdays. Call 406-883- 473...


RONAN — Don’t you just love computers? I had just about finished this column, when my web page “expired” and I lost everything. If this wasn’t a new computer, it might just have “expired” right out the window. It doesn’t spell very well, either. At least we ...

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