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Local meth message top vote getter Local meth message top vote getter

ST. IGNATIUS – Briar Ahlborn’s painting with an anti-methamphetamine message held the highest number of votes last week in a contest spread across Montana that ends on Sept. 16. “It was sweet; I was 100 votes ahead,” she said. “I thought it would be smooth sailing if it kept going at that pace.”  But the outcome changed Friday night when another project pulled ahead. “They went up by 300 votes in an hour,” she said. “But I could still win. It keeps changing.” The Paint the State contest was created by the Montana Meth Project to help teens share anti-meth messages. The artwork of every contestant is put on the orga...

Tribes event to commemorate Kerr Dam acquisition Tribes event to commemorate Kerr Dam acquisition

PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes invite the community to participate in an upcoming event to commemorate the tribal acquisition of the Kerr Hydroelectric Project on Saturday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Joe McDonald Gymnasium at Salish Kootenai College. The tribal commu...

Miss Montana USA tours Lake County, shoots with Women on Target Miss Montana USA tours Lake County, shoots with Women on Target

POLSON — The title Miss Montana conjures up a glittering evening gown, a tiara and a satiny sash. Miss Montana USA Tahnee Peppenger certainly can hold her own in a sparkly dress, but she was equally at home at the Polson Shooters Association shooting range on Aug. 22. Peppenger, 27, is a Montana nat...

Incoming Arlee freshmen get oriented Incoming Arlee freshmen get oriented

Some students imagine the worst as they transition into high school. “I’m afraid of failing every class I have,” said freshman Ashley Potts. “All my life I’ve had good grades, and I don’t want a failing grade. If I fail, I can’t get a good job. I want to be an ast...

Teacher recognized at state level Teacher recognized at state level

ARLEE – On Thursday afternoon, Susan Carney-Lammerding took a moment to take the plastic off the plaque she was given as the Montana Elementary PE Teacher of the Year. “This wouldn’t happen without the kids,” she said.  She received the award from the Society of Health and ...

Watch for children, stop for buses Watch for children, stop for buses

School is starting around the Mission Valley, and that means big yellow school buses on Lake County roads. That means buses stopping to pick up or unload students.  Mike Anderson, Polson School District 23 transportation services director, had advice for drivers.  “If the overhead red l...


Continued by popular demand...ok, my wife (she’s popular.) I’m Fine “My doctor says my days are few, For every week there’s something new, The way I stagger is sure a crime I’m likely to drop most any time. I jump like mad at the drop of a pin But I’m ...


POLSON – Want to know a little known fact? Mahatma Gandhi did a lot of walking, often without shoes. He had serious calluses on his feet. Because of his meager diet he was quite frail and it contributed to his bad breath. He was ... wait for it ... a super — callused fragile mystic hexed with hal...

Fire causes evacuation of animal shelter

POLSON — Fourteen dogs and 32 cats and kittens were evacuated from the Mission Valley Animal Shelter Friday when a grassfire threatened the structure on Reservoir Road in Polson. Shortly after 4 p.m. high winds felled a large tree across the road west of the shelter, taking power lines dow...

Using wings to grant wishes for kids Using wings to grant wishes for kids

ST. IGNATIUS – It’s tough to hear about a child with a life-threatening medical condition, which is why Eric Kendall started a fundraiser called Wings for Wishes in 2011. “Every penny we make goes to Make-a-Wish,” he said of the Montana chapter of the program. Pilots of small ra...


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