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Local resident plans to open roller rink

PABLO — Ethan Friedlander, a life-long resident of the Flathead Indian Reservation, hopes to open a roller rink in Pablo sometime this summer.  The idea was born more than 15 years ago when Friedlander moved away from the reservation for a number of years, attending middle school in Laurel. The town resembled, in many ways, the small-town, homey feel offered by the townships in the Mission and Jocko Valleys, but had one exception: a roller rink.  “After school and on the weekends, me and my friends would go there. It seemed to me that it was always busy and there were a lot of happy kids,” Friedlander remembered. Friedlander said he had good relationship...

Sandpiper features Native American art Sandpiper features Native American art

POLSON — Art, hors d’oeuvres and a crowd beckoned people to the Sandpiper Art Gallery’s opening reception for its Native American Art Invitational show on March 1. Native American artists Ben Pease and D.G. House joined Salish and Kootenai College Art Department Director Karen Goulet and...

Tribes plan for potential impact of climate change Tribes plan for potential impact of climate change

MISSION VALLEY — The secret is out: climate change is real, and it’s coming to the Flathead Indian Reservation. And the tribes are taking action.  According to a press release, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have begun the process of hiring an individual or organization taske...

Ronan senior headed to West Point Ronan senior headed to West Point

RONAN — Ronan High School senior Shelby Grant has been admitted to the United States Military Academy at West Point.   Founded in 1802, West Point is located on the Hudson River in Upstate New York and is the oldest military academy in the United States. Every student receives a free education ...

Water rights compact forwarded to legislature

HELENA — Whether or not a proposed water compact for the Flathead Reservation will be finalized is now up to the state legislature following a Tuesday night meeting of the Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission at the state capitol. The nine-member water commission approved the compact,...

Voters pass bond for school roof

POLSON — While Polson High School may not be able to throw out the buckets catching water from the roof, that time is coming soon. Voters approved the Polson School District 23 bond election by 2,002 to 1,059 votes Tuesday, Feb. 26. The mail-in ballot drew votes from 39.3 percent of registered vo...

Valley a hotbed of interest in water compact Valley a hotbed of interest in water compact

The water rights compact proposed and negotiated by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the United States and the State of Montana affects every person in Lake County, as well as those in several surrounding counties.  Since the compact is such a once-in-a-lifetime event, everyone has an opi...

MVA receives funding to open, pools still need plaster MVA receives funding to open, pools still need plaster

POLSON — Children’s laughter, the smell of chlorine, towels and the slap of bare feet on tile hopefully will soon fill the Mission Valley Aquatic Center.  Mission Valley Aquatics is working with the Montana Community Development Corporation and U.S. Bank to secure funding to complete the ...

Polson wins 3rd straight academic bowl Polson wins 3rd straight academic bowl

CHARLO — The Polson academic bowl team took home first-place honors Feb 19, marking their third victory in as many years. The atmosphere in Charlo’s school gymnasium was one of quiet determination during the Feb. 19 competition, as Lake County Academic Bowl teams from Ronan, Charlo, St. Ignati...

Legislature sees surge in firearm bills

HELENA — Montana’s legislature has seen a litany of gun-related bills this session in what one representative referred to as “concern with the federal government’s apparent stance on the Second Amendment.” Supporters say these bills represent a much-needed check on the federa...

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