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Fire near Arlee grows, community meeting scheduled

ARLEE — Fire officials will update community members on the Firestone Flats wildfire during a public meeting at 8 p.m. tonight, Monday, July 29 at the Arlee High School. According to CSKT spokeswoman Cara Cooley, the wildfire that started at approximately 2 p.m. in the Jocko Canyon on Saturday had grown to 1,750 acres as of Monday morning. Two hot shot crews and four local fire departments, totaling 150 firefighters, worked through the night to protect 20 structures that were threatened, Cooley said. No structures were burned. Helicopters and single-engine air tankers also worked to control the fire. "It's expected to get bigger for a little while longer before it star...

Cherries take center stage at festival Cherries take center stage at festival

Daniel Wisekittel was on a mission. Intently puckering his lips, he gathered all the breath he could muster and launched the cherry pit a full 16 feet.  Not bad for a rookie. The Wisekittel family came all the way from New Richmond, Ohio to attend the Polson Main Street Flathead Cherry Festival on...

Fly-In celebrates 10th anniversary Fly-In celebrates 10th anniversary

ST. IGNATIUS – Sisters Ann Deister and Jinnie Streamer checked flying in a small airplane over the Mission Mountains off their list of things to do this summer during the annual Fly-In. The sisters, both in their seventies, are getting in as much fun as they can. “We went white water rafting o...

Former Ronan police chief to appeal ruling

RONAN — Former Ronan police chief Dan Wadsworth said he intends to appeal a July 16 decision that effectively bars him from serving as a police officer for the next 15 years. The decision, handed down by Montana’s Public Safety Officer Standards and Training Council, alleges Wadsworth falsified c...

Standing Arrow Powwow draws crowds to Elmo Standing Arrow Powwow draws crowds to Elmo

ELMO — At least quadrupling the population of Elmo, the Standing Arrow Powwow drew dancers and drummers from all over the west and even some from the midwest. The powwow is traditionally the third weekend in July. This year’s head man dancer and head woman dancer were Guy Fox of Spokane, Wash....

Music on the chopping block Music on the chopping block

ARLEE – Community members like Dawn Mollica objected to the school board’s decision not to hire an elementary music teacher to fill the currently vacant position. “I can’t stress enough the importance of creativity in the lives of students,” she said. “This is a short s...

No alcohol in Polson parks without a permit No alcohol in Polson parks without a permit

POLSON — Ordinance No. 664 went into effect on July 17, and it bans alcohol in all of Polson’s city parks without a permit. Individuals or groups can purchase a permit for alcohol in the parks for $40 for one use, such as a wedding or a get together at one of the shelters. Groups, such as a leagu...

Task force targets drug users, sellers

POLSON — “Is it working? Is it making a difference? Absolutely,” Polson Police Chief Wade Nash said at the July 15 Polson City Commission meeting.  Nash was talking about the Mission Mountain Drug Task force that began three and a half months ago. A collaboration between the Confede...

Fires on reservation under control

News from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Division of Fire The three fires ignited on the Flathead Reservation — Rattlesnake, Gunbarrel and Arlee Pines — are now in patrol status, according to Curt Matt, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Davison of Fire.  The fires wi...

Good Old Days provides old-fashioned fun Good Old Days provides old-fashioned fun

ST. IGNATIUS – It was another traditionally hot Good Old Days celebration with a slew of exciting events including sack races, picnics, tug-of-war competitions — and plenty of cold drinks. Leila Marsh, 13, started her own early morning tradition by winning the one-mile race at the annual Buffa...

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