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Polson 3rd-grader donates hair Polson 3rd-grader donates hair

POLSON — After growing his hair out for 2 years, 9-year-old Ethan McCauley recently donated his 11-inch ponytail to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Ethan is a third-grader at Linderman Elementary School, and parents Bob and Chantel McCauley say they couldn’t be more proud of their son’s giving heart. “Ethan has been very proud of his efforts and pleased to be able to contribute something so important to someone in need … despite being periodically referred to as a girl by unknowing people he ha...


Nurses share flu tips with school board

POLSON — At the Jan. 21 school board meetings, school nurses Millie Nesladek and Amy Knutson spoke to the trustees about their monthly report of sick students. They also discussed whooping cough and the flu and what the nurses are doing to prevent the diseases. In an effort to get kids to wash their ha...

Hurricane haunts Polson author Hurricane haunts Polson author

In 1980, Hurricane Celia began in the south Atlantic, hit the Caribbean and bullied her way above the Panama Canal Zone into the Pacific Ocean. After causing floods in Santa Barbara, she gathered her 100-knot winds and headed up the coast, just as Ron Valiquette came steaming down the coast in a brand new 59...

Locals join ‘Idle No More’ movement Locals join ‘Idle No More’ movement

PABLO — Nearly 100 Flathead Reservation residents joined a movement sweeping North America last week, marching, singing and dancing in a peaceful demonstration — becoming “idle no more” like tens of thousands more across the continent.  The Idle No More movement began in Saska...

Wolf sighting may have gone to the dogs Wolf sighting may have gone to the dogs

POLSON — A possible wolf sighting and tracks in a Polson backyard on Dec. 28 and again on Dec. 31 made headlines around the area.  Now Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal wildlife biologists think the animals may have been dogs, since they weren’t able to absolutely verify the tracks ...

St. Ignatius man leads police on hour-long chase

ST. IGNATIUS — Police say James Wilson Allen, a 37-year-old St. Ignatius resident, led police on a seven-minute car chase followed by a 90-minute foot pursuit after he allegedly tried to run over a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy. Allen was originally stopped for “unsafe driving habits&rdqu...

Champagne soiree to kick off film festival Champagne soiree to kick off film festival

POLSON — An international flair and Hollywood glamour combine to add an air of excitement to Polson’s first annual film festival. Two guest filmmakers are feature attractions at the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest Feb. 1-3 in Polson. Jeff Chiba Stearns, a multi award-winning animation a...

Proposed irrigation water use agreement released

Negotiators for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the Flathead Joint Board of Control, and the United States have developed a proposed Flathead Indian Irrigation Project Water Use Agreement for consideration by the organizations they represent. The FIIP Water Use Agreement is a critical piece o...

Tester visits Polson Tester visits Polson

POLSON — A relaxed and comfortable Sen. Jon Tester greeted about 30 Lake County residents and answered questions during a visit to the North Lake County Public Library on Jan. 15.  Questions fielded by Tester probably were questions all Americans are asking: what’s happening with tax refo...

School district to run bond election School district to run bond election

POLSON — A leaking roof at Polson High School in June of 2012 and repair/replacement costs prompted School District 23’s board of trustees to propose a high school debt service bond election. The 10-year bond is for $2,491,000, and each successive year, the taxpayer pays less. “Our goal ...

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