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Rotational grazing can control whitetop

Now you see it, now you don’t. That’s the story with the invasive and difficult-to-treat weed known as whitetop on Jake Yoder’s pastures outside of St. Ignatius. With NRCS assistance, this spring Jake Yoder implemented a high stock density grazing system on his pastures. Historically, Jake has hayed or grazed his pastures more conventionally. Under the conventional system, livestock had access to the entire 80-acre pasture and shunned the weeds never utilizing them and instead selectively grazed only their favorite forage species. As a result, desirable vegetation was overgrazed while numerous weed species  encroached and increased in prevalence within the pastures. O...

To GMO or not to GMO? Farmers face tough decisions To GMO or not to GMO? Farmers face tough decisions

LAKE COUNTY — Local farmers could face tough decisions about planting wheat or transitioning to hardier genetically modified crops.  With approximately 80 percent of Montana’s wheat exported to countries in south Asia, the economic impact of Japan’s wheat embargo — triggered b...

Pizza, kindness tossed together Pizza, kindness tossed together

ST. IGNATIUS – The Cornerstone Pizza shop opened two years ago and people are still asking for a gorilla. “It’s actually the Goliath. It’s a meat pizza but people call in and can’t remember what we call it. They ask for the Godzilla, the gorilla or the gargantuan. We know wha...

Vietnam Healing Wall travels through Mission Valley

Veterans on motorcycles will be escorting “The Wall That Heals” through Lake County Tuesday, Aug. 20 on its way from Missoula to Whitefish.   The half-scale replica of the Vietnam Wall will be hosted by VFW Post 277 for four days in Whitefish, from Wednesday, Aug. 21 throu...

Western Montana Mental Health welcomes new director

RONAN — Although she’s been in Montana for two months, Michaelene Brownfield is the new face around the Western Montana Mental Health Center; she’s the clinical director for the mental health clinic. Before Brownfield moved to Montana, she spent the last two years in Elgin, Okla. She gra...

Hell Gate Treaty plays in Arlee Hell Gate Treaty plays in Arlee

ARLEE — Victor Charlo became Red Wolf, Arrianna Matt sang the songs of the storyteller and Rob McDonald read Chief Victor’s lines as the Hell Gate Treaty came to life on stage at the Hangin Art Gallery on Aug. 7. The play was part of a week of Npustin’s KwKwusm Theatre Projects third ann...

Youth compete in Polson rodeo Youth compete in Polson rodeo

POLSON — The field surrounding Milliron Paint Horses arena was filled with pickups, trailers with horses tied to them on Aug. 10 and 11.  Pint-sized and larger kids, ages 7 and under to 18, were at the arena to compete in a Southwest Youth Rodeo Association rodeo. The kids compete in dummy r...

Notre Dame hosts research program at Bison Range

MOIESE - Marliz Vega Ross of Puerto Rico has spent her summer carefully examining and logging subtle differences on blades of foliage on the National Bison Range. Tiny holes meant the vegetation was snacked on by insects. Long, cut-like marks meant mammals like bison ate it.  At a final Saturday meet...

Two Eagle River School begins Aug. 26, bus routes scheduled

PABLO — Two Eagle River School will be starting the 2013-14 school year on the morning of Aug. 26 at 8 a.m. Enrollment applications are available at the school. All new students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian on their first day to meet with the administrator between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.; thereaf...

Grin and bear it: Marie Cowen sells her beloved bear collection Grin and bear it: Marie Cowen sells her beloved bear collection

Marie Cowen’s yard sale was quite the sight to see this weekend. There were police bears, pilot bears and bears bearing beanies; bare bones bears, bare-naked bears, bald bears and bad bears bearing devil horns. Bear in mind, there were nearly 7,000 of them — mostly plush, some ceramic and a...

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