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Mission Valley Animal Shelter welcomes new director Mission Valley Animal Shelter welcomes new director

POLSON — Many dogs and cats have found their “forever homes” after a stay at the Mission Valley Animal Shelter. New director Jill Simpson has been on the job for about a month, and she hopes to continue the shelter’s work for years to come Learning how the place works has kept Simpson busy, and she’s made some small changes to procedures, safety issues and updating paperwork.  Down the road, Simpson said she plans to make the shelter more visible to the community and to entice more volunteers into the shelter. “People forget about us,” said Judy Coulter, MVAS director and secretary, reiterating that MVAS is a private shelter, not count...


Four cats from hoarder rescue still need homes Four cats from hoarder rescue still need homes

It will be awhile before the plight of 33 rescue cats leaves our thoughts.  In August 2012, Life Savers Animal Rescue was asked by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to help save the lives of 33 cats in a hoarder case. The cats were in deplorable conditions, some locked in a tool shed, others in ...

Griz touch down in Ronan for spring scrimmage Griz touch down in Ronan for spring scrimmage

RONAN — The Griz came to town April 13 for a cold and windy spring scrimmage on Laverne Parrish Memorial Field. Montanans are tough, though, and Griz fans from around the area packed the stands.    The Griz returned 10 starters on defense, and over the afternoon, defensive players sacked t...

CASA fundraising tourney still open to golfers

POLSON — Bobby’s sitting on the floor, his diaper badly soiled but after hours now caked dry. Close by, his older sister Linda is playing video games on a small old television, caring and sometimes watchful, but currently oblivious of her brother since he’s stopped crying for a c...

Irrigation candidates answer questions Irrigation candidates answer questions

LONE PINE — At a regular meeting of the Lone Pine and Camas irrigators, each candidate for Flathead Irrigation District 4 trustee had 10 minutes to field questions from the audience.  Susan Lake and Shane Orien are running for the position held by Paul Hunsucker, who is vacating his seat. La...

Jackson’s bill to extend compact remains alive

HELENA — Sen. Verdell Jackson, R-SD 5, has the only water compact bill still alive in the 2013 Montana Legislature. Senate Bill 265 would extend the water compact deadline by two years, and it has passed the Senate. “It’s had executive action in the House of Representatives. Now it needs...

Ninepipes Museum celebrates 15 years Ninepipes Museum celebrates 15 years

RONAN — The Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana is a place where history lives. Founded in 1997, the museum has been a cultural staple in the Mission Valley ever since. It represents more than a century of culture, history and tradition while boasting thousands upon thousands of valley-specific pieces...

Career day prepares students for working life Career day prepares students for working life

ST. IGNATIUS — Students filed into the St. Ignatius school gymnasium last week with bright, smiles to meet and greet more than 20 potential employers in what family and consumer science teacher and career fair organizer Terry Cable called “a worthwhile and necessary” event.  Now in ...

Pancake feed supports Ronan firefighters

RONAN — On the weekend of April 27 and 28, sleep in a little late ... or get up a little early and let the Ronan Volunteer Fire Department make you breakfast.  Or brunch. Or even lunch. On Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, the Ronan firemen will host their annual pancake feed at the Ronan...

Red Cross holds training session Red Cross holds training session

POLSON — “Keep your palm on the chest,” Dave Wheat cautioned a student as he circled the room. Wheat taught cardio pulmonary resuscitation and first-aid at the American Red Cross Training Institute held at the Fairgrounds Fire Station April 12-14. After two minutes of CPR, with the stude...

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