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Informational meeting on water rights draws crowd

POLSON — A public information meeting about the proposed Flathead water rights settlement drew a crowd of about 100 on Wednesday, Aug. 1. The meeting was held because all the parties involved may be getting close to settling the compact. John Carter, attorney for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes, Chris Tweeten and the state of Montana’s Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission, Duane Mecham and his team representing the United States, and the Flathead Joint Board of Control presented an overview of the water rights negotiation process.  Although no new information was presented, irrigators, ranchers, realtors, town dwellers and state and city officials atte...


Cyclists visit Polson on Montana tour Cyclists visit Polson on Montana tour

POLSON — Bicyclists from Oregon, California, Utah, Washington, a few from Montana and other states, and even three men from France poured into Polson’s Boettcher Park on Sunday afternoon as they completed a 76-mile ride from Plains. The 300 cyclists are on a Bike Rides Northwest tour. The tour...

Cherry harvest going strong

Despite rumors that no cherries were being picked or shipped, the Finley Point cherry plant is processing about 100,000 pounds of Flathead cherries per day, local Monson Fruit Company representative Brian Campbell said. Last week, the plant did stop taking lambert cherries for a day or two until the marke...

Along for the ride Along for the ride

The sun was just begining to set on a crisp Saturday night in Ronan. The air carried the smells of autumn, turning leaves and the promise of winter as cowboys, ranchers and audience members alike looked to the stadium’s center.  Standing in the middle of Ronan’s rodeo grounds, the announc...

Weeklong festival celebrates native theater Weeklong festival celebrates native theater

ARLEE - Jennifer Greene, a Salish playwright, sits onstage at the Hangin’ Art Gallery in downtown Arlee late Friday night. Her play, “The Hellgate Treaty,” has just been read aloud by several performers to a chorus of applause and cheers.  “I’m not good with names and fa...

Cultivating Compassion Cultivating Compassion

JOCKO VALLEY — White Coyote Road lies just a few miles north of Arlee on U.S. Highway 93. A short stretch of pavement much like any other in the valley, you could pass it at speed and never know it was there.  However, unlike other roads in the valley, White Coyote Road contains a beacon of pea...

Eklund, Gochis to wed Eklund, Gochis to wed

POLSON — Chelsey Michele Eklund of Butte and Nicholas James Gochis of Polson have announced their plans to wed Aug. 10, 2012 in Polson. The bride graduated from the University of Montana in 2008 and is employed as an accountant at the Montana Department of Revenue. The groom received a B.A. from the Un...

High school sweethearts plan to wed after reconnecting on Facebook High school sweethearts plan to wed after reconnecting on Facebook

“She never stopped looking for him. He never stopped thinking about her,” the wedding announcement reads. The high school sweethearts didn’t connect for years. Jeri Ann Currie, now Halford, and Claryl Haggard grew up east of Highway 93 between Ronan and Pablo. Although both familie...

Crenshaw sees promotion while deployed

At a July 21 ceremony in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Charleen Crenshaw of Ronan was officially pinned as a senior leader moving from staff sergeant to sergeant first class as of July 1. This was the second promotion to a senior leadership position that the platoon would receive during its deployment.  Cre...

Flathead Lakers meet at Yellow Bay Flathead Lakers meet at Yellow Bay

YELLOW BAY — Gael Bissell, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist, presented the keynote address at the Flathead Lakers’ annual meeting July 26 at the Flathead Lake Biological Station at Yellow Bay. Describing Flathead Lake as “a worldwide treasure,” Bissell talked about the 50...

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