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SKC mulls plans for greenhouse SKC mulls plans for greenhouse

PABLO — Students, faculty and community members filed into Salish Kootenai College’s Camas room last week to hear a presentation on community sustained agriculture as it relates to the college’s recently-built greenhouse. Those in attendance were served a beef stew made with locally grown and raised food products while listening to presentations from SKC Extension Office Director Virgil Dupuis, Western Montana Growers Coop member Amy Pavlock and AmeriCorps VISTA member Shay Farmer. All speakers hailed from different backgrounds and work experiences, but all have one thing in common: they want to make locally sourced and processed foods available to more people, becau...

Students study soil, ecosystems Students study soil, ecosystems

A crew of fourth-grade “citizen scientists” from Linderman Elementary School visited Tim Lake’s farmland south of Polson on Oct. 16. Their goal, according to the data collection book, was to gain insight into the relationship between agriculture and the effects of noxious weeds on plants, a...

Ronan railway crossing gets upgrade Ronan railway crossing gets upgrade

RONAN — As many residents know, the railway crossing on Round Butte Road near Westland Seed is rough, to put it mildly. The speed limit drops from 65 miles per hour to 35 in a matter of a few hundred yards. Should a driver fail to slow down in time to cross the road, a violent, suspension-rattling s...

Vandals target car, building windows

POLSON — A rash of broken windows in vehicles and buildings have plagued Polson for the past three weeks.  According to a press release from Polson Assistant Police Chief Clint Cottle, officers responded to more than 20 incidences of night-time vandalism, mostly on the west side of Polson. Cott...

JP candidates speak out on issues JP candidates speak out on issues

POLSON — Nine of the candidates for Lake County Justice of the Peace packed the Polson High School stage for a candidate forum co-sponsored by Domestic Violence Education and Services and the Valley Journal on Oct. 16. About 50 people were in the audience. The three candidates not attending were Alan B...

Farm-to-School initiatives inspire health, excitement Farm-to-School initiatives inspire health, excitement

RONAN — Farm-to-school initiatives are programs and efforts designed to connect schools with local food producers. In addition to boosting the local economy, these programs help to educate students and teachers on the importance of healthy food choices, the process of agriculture and ranching and, very...

City commission, manager argue contract City commission, manager argue contract

POLSON — Polson City Commissioners tabled a motion to amend City Manager Todd Crossett’s contract until their next meeting on Nov. 5.  Crossett has been employed by the City of Montana since June 2,009.  All city employees have 7.07 percent of each biweekly check withheld to put into...

Polson man grows half-ton pumpkin Polson man grows half-ton pumpkin

HAMILTON — With Halloween just around the corner, many a jack-o-lantern can be seen protecting neighborhood porches and stoops. These pumpkins have the all too important job of protecting the house from evil spirits during this haunted time of year.  However, a 1,030-pound pumpkin might send a ...

Decker, Swenson vie for county commissioner Decker, Swenson vie for county commissioner

Two candidates survived the primary election and are competing in the race for Lake County Commissioner. They are Gale Decker, Republican, and John Swenson, Independent. The winner of the race will take his seat with commissioners Ann Brower and Bill Barron.   Gale Decker Decker, 64, and his ...

Zombie prom breathes life into Boys and Girls Club Zombie prom breathes life into Boys and Girls Club

RONAN — The second annual zombie prom at Ronan's community center drew a crowd of all ages. Zombies, as event organizer Sharla Talsma said, do not discriminate based on age.  "I saw it on the Internet and it looked like fun," Talsma said. "It's something that, community wise, everyone could com...


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