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Area students minister to homeless Portland teens Area students minister to homeless Portland teens

POLSON — With graduation looming and “senioritis” rampant, most senior trips focus on fun for the soon-to-be graduates.  But the seniors at Mission Valley Christian Academy chose a different sort of senior trip. The five seniors, Joshua Lake, Anne Mae Macy, Jemimah Murphy, Richie Thomas and Ryan Windauer, went to Portland, Ore., on a mission trip for homeless teens.  They also wanted to go to the beach, and the two worked together since Portland is not far from the coast. According to Chris Bumgarner, MVCA director, the seniors challenged the other classes at MCVA to collect items homeless teens needed, and local businesses joined the effort. Bumgarne...

Volunteer sought for adjustment board

Lake County is currently searching for a volunteer for the Lake County Board of Adjustment. The Board of Adjustment is comprised of five volunteers who hear and decide zoning related issues such as conditional land uses, variance requests, and citizen appeals. Board members work closely with Lake County Plan...

Extension agent wins food security award

Flathead Reservation Extension Agent Rene Kittle recently won a Montana Food Bank Network Food Security Council award, one of 15 presented in the state. The Food Security Council recognizes individuals and organizations who have worked to reduce hunger and improve the nutritional status of Montanans, acco...

Ag Days opens young eyes to agriculture Ag Days opens young eyes to agriculture

IRVINE FLATS — Turning fourth graders into noxious leafy spurge plants doesn’t involve magic, and several hundred kids took part during Ag Days at Mac and Pat Binger’s ranch on April 2-3.  To show students how seeds are dispersed, each kid got sunflower seeds to put in their mouths,...

Tick-Tock: Hungry ticks make for sick hikers

MISSION VALLEY — While the spring weather is a welcome reprieve from Montana’s winter, several wildlife agencies around Western Montana are issuing warnings regarding a voracious predator that spreads disease and drinks the blood of the living — ticks. According to a press release from t...

Ronan veteran visits home on walk across America Ronan veteran visits home on walk across America

Exactly 32 days ago, a veteran and member of several VFW posts and honor guard organizations throughout the Mission Valley, Chuck Lewis, set out on a journey from the Seattle, Wash., area to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. His goals were simple, straightforward and direct: Walk more than...

Cause of double-fatality accident still under investigation

ST. IGNATIUS — Missoula resident Debby Ramsey, 68, and her 91-year-old mother Mary Virginia Smith were killed in a two-vehicle accident near St. Ignatius April 21 in blizzard conditions.  Responding Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Day said that while the adverse conditions were a factor in...

Annual River Honoring announced

The Tribal Natural Resources Department announces that the 2013 River Honoring event begins Monday, May 6, at 6 p.m. with a community gathering. The public is invited and welcome to attend the opening of the River Honoring. The gathering will begin with an announcement of the 2013 river honorees. A free barb...

Polson theater pioneers to share story at luncheon

You’ve heard about matches made in heaven and labors of love.  Well, that’s what Neal and Karen Lewing have meant for countless years to the Port Polson Players Theatre.  And with the 38th season now under way at the historic John Dowdall Theatre overlooking Flathead Lake at the b...

Class counts turtle casualties along Highway 93 Class counts turtle casualties along Highway 93

Painted turtles are the only native turtle on the Flathead Reservation. Usually they cross U.S. Highway 93 if their pond dries up, they’re searching for a mate or they need soft mud to lay their eggs. Many turtles are killed each year by highway traffic. PHS teacher Mark Rochin and his classes have ...


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