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Home lost in morning fire Home lost in morning fire

ST. IGNATIUS – Within minutes, flames fully engulfed a single-wide trailer home on Sunrise Boulevard near the Mission Dam turn-off at Foothill Road. “It’s a complete loss,” said Greg Gould, St. Ignatius Volunteer Fire Department Safety Officer and Captain. The fire started sometime around 8 a.m. on Wednesday. The cause is under investigation. Two people lived in the home with their two dogs. “Everyone is okay,” said St. Ignatius Volunteer Firefighter Tana Couture. The St. Ignatius crew responded to the scene. The Ronan Volunteer Fire Department was on standby in case the fire grew.

Mud Run Mud Run

While singing their theme song “Eye of the Tiger,” Polson residents Ashley Mercer and Keri Allison trudged through mud, powered through murky, swampy ditches and rose to the challenge of the annual Polson Mud Run held at the Polson Fairgrounds last Saturday. This outdoor obstacle course supports ...

Elmo powwow Elmo powwow

The 39th annual Elmo Powwow was a canopy full of colors under the summer blue skies this past weekend. Unlike last year’s heat wave and restricted fire ordinance, families and friends gathered around campfires and let sparks fly freely through the chillly night air. Participants and spectators alike en...

Cherry festival stems from family tradition Cherry festival stems from family tradition

Along with an abundance of local cherries, thousands of people lined the streets during the Polson Main Street Flathead Cherry Festival last weekend. The two-day event embraces downtown Polson and offers the sweet taste of six different Flathead Valley cherry orchards, the sound of bagpipers playing in the s...

Bison range management issues debated Bison range management issues debated

PABLO — While the National Bison Range Restoration Legislation is in draft form, public opinions are being considered. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes invited the public to voice those opinions on Tuesday, July 12, concerning the possible transfer of the Bison Range to tribal management....

Plant a garden for hummingbirds Plant a garden for hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are native to the Americas. The ones we see here in Montana migrate every season from Mexico and Central America. All species of hummingbirds need to eat often, in fact they consume 100 to 200 percent of their body weight each day, eating bugs and drinking flower nectar. To attract these beautif...

Pelicans visit Mission Valley Pelicans visit Mission Valley

Nearly 100 American White pelicans stopped along their migration route July 13 in a pond west of Highway 93, across from the Mission Mountain scenic lookout. The pelicans return from as far away as California, Mexico and Central America to nest in southern Montana waters on the far side of the Continental Di...

Time to sign up for fair open class entries Time to sign up for fair open class entries

RONAN – It’s not too late to try and win a ribbon in the Lake County Fair. “People can sign up with open class entries until Thursday,” said Fair Director Tim Marchant. The deadline to turn in an application is July 21 at 4 p.m. Open class includes things like photography, roses...

Old fashioned fun starts soon Old fashioned fun starts soon

ST. IGNATIUS – The 34th Good Old Days Celebration weekend starts Friday. “It’s a fun way for everyone to get together and have fun,” said Janis Heffern, coordinator. The annual event is put on by the St. Ignatius Chamber of Commerce.“We do this as a way to give back to the...

Oils used as healthy mouthwash Oils used as healthy mouthwash

POLSON — Imagine taking a scoop of a common cooking ingredient and plopping it into your mouth for better oral hygiene and overall health. That’s what many people are finding when they swish coconut or sesame oil in their mouths for 15-20 minutes on a daily basis, according to Naturopathic Physic...


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