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Foster parents share vision for community childcare Foster parents share vision for community childcare

POLSON — When pundits argue about protecting the world’s natural resources, pros and cons of cost and environmental damage are usually weighed.  Dennis and Susen Villegas of Polson are concerned society has overlooked one of its greatest assets.  “Our greatest natural resource: they say it’s oil or diamonds or gold,” Dennis Villegas said. “But really it’s our children.”  The couple’s lives currently revolve around children – caring for their biological and adopted ones, fostering others, and working as house parents at the Second Circle Lodge in Ronan. They also run cleaning and vitamin businesses. It’...


Catapalooza reminds that Fall is kitten time; consider adoption Catapalooza reminds that Fall is kitten time; consider adoption

POLSON — Cooler weather is coming. Time to have a pot of soup simmering on the stove while you’re wrapped up in a quilt with a cat on your lap.  If a cat is missing from your life, the Mission Valley Animal Shelter, Life Savers Animal Rescue and All Hearts Rescue all have cats and kittens...

Dock diving dog finds dream job Dock diving dog finds dream job

Tee came to the Mission Valley Animal Shelter as a young Belgian Malinois mix who loved to jump. Her standing vertical leap was six feet, and MVAS staff had to put a roof on her kennel to keep her corralled. She wasn’t friendly towards other dogs. Not only was Tee a natural jumper, but “she ha...

A day to honor mothers, never forget A day to honor mothers, never forget

Sgt. Travis M. Arndt of Bozeman was just 10 days out of coming home from serving in Iraq. He planned to surprise his girlfriend, and family members believed he was going to ask her to marry him.  But he never made it home, and those dreams ended Sept. 21, 2005 when he was killed in action. He was jus...

Rules for reserve officers clear as mud Rules for reserve officers clear as mud

RONAN — July correspondence from the state attorney general’s office to the Ronan city clerk advised that reserve police officers cannot be paid under state law, but departments and sheriff’s offices across the state, including local law enforcement agencies, continue to offer compensation ...

Students explain job corps at open house Students explain job corps at open house

RONAN —After working a minimum wage job, Mona Ray realized she needed more training and a better job to support her daughter. Ray now is studying to be a dental assistant. She and her classmates Sharmyne LaForge and Kourtnie Gopher are off-campus students at Kicking Horse Job Corps and attend dental...

Ronan Council continues to work on passing budget

RONAN – Departments within the city of Ronan requested $30,000 more in funding for the current fiscal year than a balanced budget will allow. At its Sept. 23 meeting the city council made few indications of what exactly was on the chopping block, and deferred cuts to its Sept. 30 meeting.  Ther...

Polson mayoral candidates speak out Polson mayoral candidates speak out

POLSON — Polson’s three mayoral candidates — Heather Knutson, Michael Brandt and Bob Fulton — spoke about themselves and their reasons for running for mayor at the Pachyderm meeting on Sept. 27.   Michael Brandt moved to Polson four years ago. He grew up near Philadelphia is a...

Election may amend CSKT constitution Election may amend CSKT constitution

PABLO — Members of The People’s Voice, Inc., were out in force on Sept. 27 as their attorney Howard Toole filed papers at Confederated Salish and Kootenai court to begin the process of a secretarial election. The election will decide if Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal members want to a...

Lewis finishes walk for the fallen Lewis finishes walk for the fallen

Five months, 26 days, 3,300 miles, and three pairs of shoes after setting out from Everett, Wash., Marine Corps Sgt. Chuck Lewis arrived on foot with his wife and nine other supporters at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23.  Lewis began pushing a 150-poun...

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