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Swimmers, visitors welcome at Mission Valley Aquatic Center pool Swimmers, visitors welcome at Mission Valley Aquatic Center pool

POLSON — The Mission Valley Aquatic Center’s pool is full, open for swimmers and approximately 82 degrees, quite a bit warmer than Flathead Lake. MVA officially opened on May 20, according to Tana Seeley, MVA project director, but the staff is easing into things with open swim from noon to 6 p.m.  The staff is busy assembling and training a cadre of lifeguards and other personnel. Swim lessons and classes will begin June 17. By that time a lot of the lifeguards will be out of class and home from college, Seeley said.     Dana and Mark Johnston are new additions to the staff, coming to Polson from Denver. Mark is managing lifeguards and the pump room, whil...


Ronan graduates 59 seniors in emotional ceremony Ronan graduates 59 seniors in emotional ceremony

RONAN — With high spirits and overflowing emotions, Ronan High School graduated 59 seniors Friday night to a chorus of cheers, applause and tears.  In all, the seniors earned approximately $433,840 in college scholarships. After a tearful speech from Salutatorian Sarah Anderson and a conversely...

Nkwusm Salish Language Institute students graduate Nkwusm Salish Language Institute students graduate

ARLEE — The Arlee community held a powwow in honor of two Nkwusm Salish Language Institute graduates last weekend, celebrating their achievement with prayer, song, dance, food and drums. Graduates Mars Sandoval and Nicole Perry will attend Arlee High School in the fall, and while both said they were...

‘Memorable’ Polson class of 2013 graduates ‘Memorable’ Polson class of 2013 graduates

POLSON — “Don’t be forgettable, be memorable,” commencement speaker Taryn Harrison told the class of 2013.  Harrison, who as a substitute teacher got to know many of the class members, said the students were all special and amazing and worth remembering, which is what memorabl...

Polson teacher earns state honor Polson teacher earns state honor

POLSON — Studying Japanese or Latin, constructing an electric guitar from scratch, dissecting bovine brains, learning computer programming languages, writing novels and self publishing, studying coccidiosis or designing snowboards — these are just some of the subjects students have delved into in...

Communities unite to seek solutions to substance abuse

ELMO —Junior Caye is passionate about making changes to help children. And when he called a gathering to seek solutions to alcohol and drug abuse, nearly 100 people responded Saturday in Elmo.  “This is for our children, so they know that we love them, that we care about them,” Caye...

FFA students test knowledge in great outdoors FFA students test knowledge in great outdoors

Rarely is a vehicle seen on the bumpy road leading east into the towering pines and even taller rock faces of North Crow Canyon’s tribal wilderness area. But on May 22, several school buses and vans squeezed into the small turnaround that also marks the beginning of the scenic trail as more than 80 ...

A day for remembering: communities honor those who gave all A day for remembering: communities honor those who gave all

Old Glory was flying high throughout Lake County on Memorial Day. In Arlee, the Mission Valley Honor Guard visited three cemeteries in Arlee Monday morning, paying honor to warriors who gave their life for America. Parades traveled down Main Street in both Polson and Ronan.  The VFW, American L...

Old city dock decking torn off, soon to be replaced Old city dock decking torn off, soon to be replaced

POLSON — The old city docks are a thing of the past. On Monday May 21, McCrumb Construction and Marine’s barge removed the planks and concrete from the top of the dock. Left in place are the pilings and the center of dock filled with rocks. The pilings will be cut down a few inches and a new top ...

Arlee woman killed in highway collision Arlee woman killed in highway collision

 ARLEE — An Arlee woman lost her life Friday afternoon when her car struck a commercial truck head-on.  Montana State Trooper Terrance Rosenbaum said Carol Mapston, 72 of Arlee, was southbound in the Schall Flats area when, according to witnesses, her green Cadillac drifted into the northb...

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