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County seeks bids for drone services

POLSON – Lake County will soon request bids for drone services. The county commissioners announced that they would seek the bids following a hearing on April 12. Commissioner Bill Barron said the county could use drones for search and rescue operations, which it has used a private contractor for in the past. The county’s Geographic Information Systems and environmental health departments could use drones for mapping addresses and drain fields, he said. The roads department and sheriff’s office also might use them.  The county itself can’t operate drones due to new rules from the Federal Aviation Administration, Barron said.  “We will contr...

Community pulls together to help school Community pulls together  to help school

DIXON – The third annual Bison Stampede rumbled through town on Saturday to raise money for a re-surfaced basketball court. Colin Elverud, 13, was the first runner to cross the finish line during the morning race with a time of 44:13. He ran the 10K. He also got first place in last year’s race...

Race to support school brings in the sharks Race to support school brings in the sharks

ARLEE – Teachers are able to buy much needed school supplies including a few sharks thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Friends of Arlee School. The group organized what might be the 16th consecutive Buttercup Run on Saturday, April 15. The race was established in 1992, but it took a hiatus for...

Gianforte comes to Polson Gianforte comes to Polson

POLSON — Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte rallied GOP faithful last Thursday at the Red Lion Inn & Suites and targeted his Democrat opponent, Rob Quist.  Gianforte and Quist are squaring off to replace former U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke on May 25. Also running is Libertarian Mark ...

Spring Cleaning Spring Cleaning

Ronan police officers followed several groups of high school students around town last week. The Ronan High School students were on a mission to rid the town of as much garbage as they could for a few hours after school on Wednesday, April 12, to coincide with Earth Day. They filled garbage bags with old ...

Copy machine blunders FJBC ballots

LAKE COUNTY – Lake County Election Administrator Kathie Newgard addressed issues concerning upcoming elections including a snafu with Flathead Joint Board of Control’s mail-in ballots during a phone interview April 19. She also reminds citizens that an election to fill a Montana congressional sea...

Bison range management changes course Bison range management changes course

MOIESE – Decisions concerning management at the National Bison Range changed course last week around April 12. Legislation was drafted to allow the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to manage the range, but U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke struck down the plan last week. Zinke said he to...


POLSON — Have you noticed all new calves in pastures? Are the cows now “de-calf-inated?” A hearing clinic will be held here on April 25 from 9-11 a.m. Bingo is played here every Friday night at 7 p.m., but not on April 28 … April 21- yes, April 28 - no. On April 7, we had th...

St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS — Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by man. We will have our Easter dinner (ham) on Wednesday evening, April 19, at 5:30 p.m. Please bring your family and friends. The quilters are in the center on Mondays from 10:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. The Ukulele group will be at the center...

Teenager walks across reservation to empower women  Teenager walks across reservation to empower women

Marita Growing Thunder continued her year-long journey to bring recognition to thousands of missing or murdered indigenous women by walking across the Flathead Indian Reservation from Rollins to Arlee. “I wanted to do this walk to bring more awareness to this issue,” she said. “And I wan...

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