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Proposed irrigation water use agreement released

Negotiators for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the Flathead Joint Board of Control, and the United States have developed a proposed Flathead Indian Irrigation Project Water Use Agreement for consideration by the organizations they represent. The FIIP Water Use Agreement is a critical piece of a larger water rights settlement; it addresses the exercise and administration of both the FIIP water rights and the CSKT instream flow rights for streams supplying the FIIP. The proposed agreement would: • Protect existing water uses on the FIIP. • Address the concerns of owners of extra-duty lands. • Protect property rights. • Improve FIIP operation...


Tester visits Polson Tester visits Polson

POLSON — A relaxed and comfortable Sen. Jon Tester greeted about 30 Lake County residents and answered questions during a visit to the North Lake County Public Library on Jan. 15.  Questions fielded by Tester probably were questions all Americans are asking: what’s happening with tax refo...

School district to run bond election School district to run bond election

POLSON — A leaking roof at Polson High School in June of 2012 and repair/replacement costs prompted School District 23’s board of trustees to propose a high school debt service bond election. The 10-year bond is for $2,491,000, and each successive year, the taxpayer pays less. “Our goal ...

Lake County rescuers save Swan Lake snowmobilers

SWAN LAKE — Lake County Search and Rescue saved two Swan Lake area snowmobilers Jan. 11 after the pair became stranded at night in 7-below-zero weather. Lake County dispatch received a call at 8:17 p.m. regarding a pair of snowmobilers stranded at the top of Crane Mountain.  “They went...

Ronan resident killed in Missoula wreck

MISSOULA — Ronan resident Corwin D. Cornelius, 34, was killed in a three vehicle accident Jan. 13 in Missoula. Cornelius was traveling north on North Reserve Street when his Dodge minivan crossed the center line and impacted two southbound vehicles — a Toyota pickup and a Saturn Vue.  ...

Warm weather trend easier on ranchers Warm weather trend easier on ranchers

MISSION VALLEY — While the world didn’t end along with the Ancient Mayan calendar, the year 2012 brought with it some interesting weather patterns, to say the least.  According to the National Oceaonographic and Atmospheric Association, 2012 was the ninth warmest year on record since 1880...

SKC Interfaith Peace Panelists speak on faith, humanism, relationships SKC Interfaith Peace Panelists speak on faith, humanism, relationships

PABLO — In observance of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his life work, seven people hailing from seven different upbringings, cultures, ethnic groups and religions met in Salish Kootenai College’s Vic Charlo and Johnny Arlee Theatre in the early evening hours Jan. 17. The discussion focu...

Civil rights talk part of college’s MLK celebration Civil rights talk part of college’s MLK celebration

PABLO — Dr. George Price came to Salish Kootenai College on Wednesday to discuss the relations between Native Americans and African-Americans throughout history, as well as his take on the role of successful activism at a time when the “Idle No More Movement” is gaining precedence in and ar...

Western Montana Stockgrowers meet, eat and socialize Western Montana Stockgrowers meet, eat and socialize

POLSON — The lower floor of the KwaTuqNuk Resort and Casino was a sea of hats and boots as members of the Western Montana Stockgrowers Association gathered for their annual meeting Jan. 19.   Before a social hour, a prime rib dinner and dancing, the livestock producers held a business meeting a...

World War II vet, rancher celebrates 90 years World War II vet, rancher celebrates 90 years

Retired rancher and Army veteran Orville Bjorge has lived on Garcon Gulch between Irvine Flats and Hot Springs his whole life. That’s a long time, since Bjorge was born in 1923.  He celebrated his 90th birthday surrounded by family and friends at the Hot Springs Senior Citizen’s Center...

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