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Labor of love: Local man connects with Kenyan children Labor of love: Local man connects with Kenyan children

The distance from Ronan to near Matuu, Kenya is a 30-hour flight and miles across the countryside, but culturally it’s a world away. Jack Stivers, Montana State University extension agent for Lake County, first went to Kenya last year.  “(Africa) has always attracted me,” Stivers said. Stivers said he decided it was time to make the trip, “since time gets away from me,” and started doing research last year to find something to do while he visited Africa. Youth needs, including orphanages, were abundant; so Stivers went to an established orphanage on the west coast of Nairobi. There he met Meshack Itumo, a social worker employed by the orphanage. I...


Walkers pray for peace in Buddha Garden Walkers pray for peace in Buddha Garden

ARLEE – On Saturday, world superpowers continued to weigh options for intervening in the Syrian conflict that has left more than 100,000 dead. Analysts said Pakistani militants might be planning to attack war-torn Afghanistan. Egyptian helicopters bombed insurgents. In Arlee, a multicultural group g...

Senators Tester, Cantwell visit Flathead Reservation Senators Tester, Cantwell visit Flathead Reservation

POLSON — From a listening session with the state’s eight tribal leaders in Missoula on Sept. 4, Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, and Senator Jon Tester continued on to the Flathead Reservation on Sept. 5.  “Jon said I had to see Montana,” Cantwell said, since she is chair...

City commission approves employee plans, manager interviews ahead

POLSON — With a short agenda, the Polson City Commissioners breezed through their meeting on Sept. 4.  They passed resolution No. 1048, to participate in the State of Montana 457(b) adoption agreement, deferred compensation plan administered by the Montana Public Employee Retirement Administrat...

St. Ignatius reserve officer program reinstated

 MISSION — The St. Ignatius Town Council voted to reinstate a police officer reserve program at its Sept. 3 meeting.  Chief of Police Jeffrey Ferguson asked if the approximately $77,000 budgeted to the police department would be enough to add another full-time officer to the police force.&...

Sheriff’s office hunts for sexual predator

POLSON – The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a non-compliant sex offender that has been evaluated as a “sexually violent predator,” according to undersheriff Dan Yonkin.  Phillip Pierre Jr. is a  51-year-old Native American male and five feet, 10 inches tall...

District judge retires after nearly 30 years District judge retires after nearly 30 years

POLSON — District Judge C. B. McNeil retired on Sept. 5 after nearly 30 years on the bench. Judge McNeil, after 18 years in private practice, was elected in November of 1984 as the first judge in the new 20th Judicial District. The district covered Lake and Sanders County. On Thursday, Lake Count...

Structure fire guts Rocky Point home interior

POLSON — A house fire at the Shipley residence off Rocky Point Road on Sept. 7 gutted the kitchen and bathroom area, according to Karen Sargeant, Polson Fire Department Public Information Officer.  The fire started at between 7:30 and 8 p.m. and did approximately $200,000 in damage to the prope...

Walmart Supercenter set to open in October

POLSON — With the new stoplight on U.S. Highway 93 at the turn to the Walmart Supercenter on Memory Lane, locals know the store opening is coming soon.  “Yes,” said Dan DeWitt, store manager, “the new store’s grand opening is Oct. 23.” The Walmart Supercenter at...

New teachers join Polson schools staff New teachers join Polson schools staff

POLSON — Polson schools welcomed seven new teachers and four student teachers back to school on September 3.  Charlotte Delaney joins School District 23 as a speech language pathologist. A graduate of the University of Wyoming, Delaney taught in Wyoming and Colorado before moving to Polson, w...

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