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  “I’m a member of the half-ton club!” giant pumpkin grower Jim West proudly exclaimed. West’s pumpkin “Miller,” had just tipped the scales at 1,002 pounds before a crowd of onlookers during the annual giant pumpkin weigh-off at Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply last Saturday in Polson. Dressed for the occasion in an orange sweater and green hat, West’s enthusiasm was infectious as he kept the audience informed as to whose pumpkin was being weighed and how a giant pumpkin’s weight is estimated. Using a measuring tape and a math formula, a giant pumpkin’s weight is estimated by its grower. If a pumpkin weighs under it...

Rural fire chief lauded on last day Rural fire chief lauded on last day

POLSON — Well-wishers gathered at the Polson Rural Fire Station to wish Polson Rural Fire Chief John Fairchild all the best on his last day Sept. 30. At exactly 5 p.m., Lake County Dispatch honored Fairchild with an emotional call across the scanner thanking him for 28 years of service.  &ldquo...

Fire season wraps up with new sign Fire season wraps up with new sign

RONAN – Just as the fire season is winding down, the Confederated Salish Kootenai Division of Fire found time to replace the old fire danger sign on the corner of Main Street and U.S. Highway 93.  The old sign reached fire danger levels this year that hadn’t been seen in the 30 years it w...

Tribal council soon to hold primary elections Tribal council soon to hold primary elections

PABLO –Twenty-six candidates are vying for five of the 10 seats on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council this year during the primary election set for Oct. 17. “The primary election will narrow down the candidates to two in each district unless the votes are really close,” ...

Electricity outage planned to upgrade poles, wires

LAKE COUNTY — Bonneville Power Administration has scheduled an outage that will begin Saturday, Oct. 17 at 11 p.m. and end at or before 7 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18. BPA has asked Mission Valley Power for the outage so that they can replace their poles and wires that connect the Bonneville Power substatio...

Arlee celebrates fall with activities for the kids Arlee celebrates fall with activities for the kids

ARLEE – Caydan Clark, 8, decorated his first pumpkin of the fall season with a design that included “a little bit of everything” at the Arlee Community Fall Festival on Saturday. After drawing black triangle-shaped eyes and a jagged mouth, Caydan added a little white glob of paint near the ...

Dollars for Scholars fundraiser offers trips

POLSON — Polson Dollars for Scholars provided 45 Polson High School graduates and alumni with $55,000 in scholarships in 2015. The organization has given out $216,150 for Polson graduates in its 10-year history. As a fundraiser, Polson Dollars for Scholars is offering people a chance to win a trip a...

Fundraiser to support service for new moms

News from The Nest POLSON — The Nest is hosting a “Fall Fest to Feather The Nest” featuring a “Nest Jam” with Gladys Friday and Friends, Native Games and kids games, a pig roast and picnic with all the fixin’s, and a silent auction that will include something for everyo...

LFVCF donates painting to The Nest LFVCF donates painting to The Nest

POLSON — The Lower Flathead Valley Community Foundation donated a painting by noted waterscape artist Byron Pickering to The Nest to be sold during the silent auction at “Fall Fest to Feather the Nest” fundraiser Sunday, Oct. 18 at McCrumb’s Barn on Finley Point. Bids will also be acc...

RSVP – win/win for volunteers, communities RSVP – win/win for volunteers, communities

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program workers are everywhere – passing out commodities, checking appointments at the spay/neuter clinic; “floating” and helping where they’re needed at the Flathead Cherry Festival; answering the phone and dealing with visitors at the Polson Chamber of C...

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