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Polson approves application to access TIF funds

POLSON — The Polson Commission last week approved an application that locals can use to apply for Tax Increment Financing. TIF funds are provided by a tax on properties in the city and are typically used to renovate or renew blighted areas.  City officials said several people have expressed an interest in applying for the funding.  According to Commissioner Brodie Moll, the city has used its TIF district to fund a walkway underneath the Armed Forces Memorial Bridge, a pier restoration, new sewer lines and a streetscape, for example.  The next step the city will take is determining what criteria to use when scoring any applications that are received.  ...

Museum honors volunteer, needs new ones Museum honors volunteer, needs new ones

RONAN – Velma Kuntz was honored on Saturday with a celebration for her 17 years of dedication to Ronan’s Garden of the Rockies Museum on Round Butte Road. “She kept the museum going for many, many years,” said Patti Mocabee, vice president of the museum’s board. “She he...

Newly formed museum group pools resources

POLSON — In the shadow of a huge taxidermy buffalo, the third meeting of the newly formed Flathead Museum Consortium recently took place at the Miracle of America Museum. With two plates of her homemade oatmeal cookies set out for meeting attendees, Karen Dunwell, the interim leader for the group, expl...

From stopping point to destination From stopping point to destination

CHALLIS, IDAHO – Mining and ranching is the main economy of Challis, Idaho. When the Thompson Creek Mining Company, a molybdenum mine west of Challis, ended their mining operations in 2014 the bust in the economy rattled the community. At its peak, the molybdenum mine employed around 400 people account...

Lake County Spelling Bee champion advances to state Lake County Spelling Bee champion advances to state

RONAN – A type of cheese helped decide the 53rd annual Lake County Spelling Bee on Tuesday evening as a word duel wrapped up between eighth-graders John Paca of Ronan and Molly Kate Sullivan of Charlo.  During the final rounds, John stood on stage at the Ronan Performing Arts Center and correct...

PSEF announces scholarships available

News from Polson Scholarship and Education Foundation POLSON — Seventeen scholarships are available this spring to Polson High School graduates provided by the local Polson Scholarship and Education Foundation organization. Money for PSEF, formerly Polson Dollars for Scholars, is generated by...

Arlee honors firefighter for 40 years of service Arlee honors firefighter for 40 years of service

ARLEE – The Arlee Fire Department volunteers were amazed when they realized Drew Hendrickson had put in 40 years of service this year with the department, so they honored him at their annual banquet on Sunday night.  “We’ve never given this award, and chances are we might never give...

St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS — When the sun is shining you can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome. We would like to thank the good Samaritan that replaced our light on the front of our building. “You rock.” The food pantry is still looking for volunteers to wor...


POLSON —  If you get to thinking you’re a person of considerable influence, try ordering someone else’s dog around.   The hearing clinic will be here on Feb. 27 from 9-11 a.m.   The AARP tax preparers will be here every Monday and Thursday until tax time. Call 406-883-4...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Like many other young men in 1967, Dale’s draft number came up when he was a senior in high school. Instead of waiting for the notice, and because of his situation at home, he decided to enlist. He left school but promised his mother he would get his diploma. In January 1967, like many others, Dale ...

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