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Old time logging works for St. Ignatius man Old time logging works for St. Ignatius man

Bess, a 10-year-old Belgian mare, charges up the hill, dragging a log to the burn pile, guided by David Sturman at the reins. Sturman, 56, first hand-logged portions of the 44-acre piece of ground, then brought in just Bess, although he usually uses a team, to skid the logs and clear the brush away. “Skid” means hooking the log with chains to a singletree attached to his horse’s harness and pulling the tree with Bess-power. It’s a beautification and forest health project in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and Sturman and his horses have two years to finish. Sturman said the area was logged heavily in the 1930s.  ...


Gift tree brightens holidays for young cancer patient Gift tree brightens holidays for young cancer patient

POLSON — It’s truly “home for the holidays” for Cole Jene Whitworth. The kindergartner, 6, missing his front teeth and with an infectious grin, has been at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Spokane, Wash., finishing up a course of radiation.  Cole was diagnosed with...

Toys for Tots gives big to Flathead Reservation Toys for Tots gives big to Flathead Reservation

MISSION VALLEY — While Christmas is a time for family, friends, gifts and wonderful food, perhaps the most important aspect of the holiday is the tradition of caring for those around you. A perfect example of this philanthropic spirit can be found in the Hellroaring Detachment’s annual Toys for T...

Polson youngster designs CSKT Christmas card Polson youngster designs CSKT Christmas card

PABLO — Pine trees, a man in a buffalo hat in front of his teepee, a bald eagle, a hide drying and, not to be forgotten, Santa flying over the Mission Mountains on a starlit night — all these elements combined in clear, bright colors on Jackson Seifert’s drawing. With markers, colored pe...

Bazaar benefits ‘Spirit of the Bison’ powwow Bazaar benefits ‘Spirit of the Bison’ powwow

PABLO — The “Knotty Boys,” Joey Kipp and Jace Matt, tied yards of parachute cord into 50 bracelets and countless keychains for the Spirit of the Bison bazaar on Dec. 9.  Beadwork, birdhouses, Christmas cupcakes, braids of sweetgrass and bundles of white sage and jars of brightly colore...

City manager’s contract not renewed

POLSON — The Polson City Commissioners voted not to renew Polson City Manager Todd Crossett's contract at their Dec. 3 meeting. Crossett’s contract requires that the commission notify him six months before the June 15 contract date if they intend not to renew. The vote was close, at fo...

Whitetail population up, wolf harvest down Whitetail population up, wolf harvest down

As the 2012 hunting season drew to a close, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials were hopeful that whitetail deer populations may be on the rise.  “We’re cautiously optimistic that the whitetail deer population is increasing again in our area of northwest Montana,” said FWP co...

Ten Sticks Lacrosse Club promotes leadership, culture Ten Sticks Lacrosse Club promotes leadership, culture

PABLO — Alex Alviar, 10 Sticks Lacrosse Club’s founder and former head coach, says he fell in love with the game when he was 12 years old. The love of the game took him all over the country and made him into an All-American. Even so, he said he never understood the depth and berth of the game&rsq...

Local man works in Hurricane Sandy aftermath Local man works in Hurricane Sandy aftermath

It was 10:30 p.m. late in October when local businessman Dennis DeVries received a call from the Federal Emergency Agency. By 12:30 a.m., he had a plane ticket to New York City. DeVries had signed up to be a FEMA worker a couple of years earlier.   Photos and stories about Hurricane Sandy and her ...

Water rights teams answer questions, field comments Water rights teams answer questions, field comments

POLSON — During a five-day road trip around Western Montana, the negotiating teams for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the State of Montana and the United States brought the proposed Water Rights Compact to Polson and solicited comments and questions at a meeting on Nov. 28. From Polson...

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