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Four candidates vie for two St. Ignatius Council seats Four candidates vie for two St. Ignatius Council seats

MISSION — There are two at-large seats on the St. Ignatius Town Council up for grabs in the November 5 election.  Only candidate Roger Lemon filed by the deadline to be on the regular ballot. Three candidates filed as write-in candidates.  Lemon, 68, is a manager for Johnson Transportation which provides bus service to schools. He is married and has lived in the Mission area for 38 years. He is a Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force. He has been self-employed for most of his life and previously owned corporations in Alaska and Washington. Lemon said the most important local issue is providing an environment where small businesses thrive.  “...


Two in running for St. Ignatius mayoral seat Two in running for St. Ignatius mayoral seat

MISSION — The St. Ignatius Town Council has two candidates running for mayor.  Incumbent Charles Gariepy, 54, has worked for Lake County Road and Bridge Department for 25 years. He and his wife Karolynn have three children. Gariepy has lived in the area his entire life and graduated from St. Ig...

Veteran mental health resources are available throughout county Veteran mental health resources are available throughout county

Missing limbs and scarred skin of veterans are the undeniable visual reminders to be thankful for the sacrifice of service men and women who paid the cost of war.  The invisible wounds are sometimes more difficult to heal, and are more often ignored or misunderstood as soldiers return home. At an ...

Organizations stress importance of breast cancer awareness Organizations stress importance of breast cancer awareness

FLATHEAD RESERVATION — On average, 24 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Lake County each year, according to data analyzed by the National Institute for Health. October is the month where the entire nation goes pink in honor of these women and a spotlight is shone on the disease they fight. Brea...

Law enforcement discusses meth, prescription drug problem Law enforcement discusses meth, prescription drug problem

POLSON — “As a police chief, your goal is to put together the best team that you can, but you will never take away all the drugs,” Polson Police Chief Wade Nash said.  Nash and Chief Juvenile Probation Officer of 20th Judicial District Youth Court Services Barbara Monaco  spoke...

FJBC referendum goes to the irrigators FJBC referendum goes to the irrigators

ST. IGNATIUS — Three Flathead Joint Board of Control Commissioners — Boone Cole, Chair, Wayne Blevins and Jerry Laskody — gathered on Oct. 14 to talk to newspaper reporters about Resolution 2013 and what brought about the resolution.  The FJBC, voting 6 to 5 with the chair abstainin...

Water rights history unique, complex

PABLO — In 2009, John Carter, attorney for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, wrote that the Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission was established by the 1979 Legislature “to negotiate rather than litigate the federal reserved and aboriginal water rights of Indian tribes and ...

Funny money: Theater teaches finance to schoolchildren Funny money: Theater teaches finance to schoolchildren

RONAN – Compound interest, credit, and saving money are complex topics of financial literacy that the majority of America’s adults struggle to understand and execute. According to the Federal Reserve, in 2013, households on average have $15,185 in credit card debt, $147,133 in mortgage debt, and ...

Kicking Horse students participate in Operation Christmas Child Kicking Horse students participate in Operation Christmas Child

RONAN — It was a chance meeting that brought Kicking Horse Job Corps nursing student Elsa Fissehaye and Hamilton resident Karla West together on an flight to Denver this spring. It was no coincidence that the two kind-hearted individuals stayed in contact after the flight, and worked together with othe...

Polson school board hears feedback Polson school board hears feedback

POLSON — Polson School Board meetings begin with time for public comments, and at the Oct. 14 meeting Marine veteran Sgt. Chuck Lewis, who served during the Vietnam era, spoke to trustees about welcoming veterans to the Polson schools.   Lewis recently returned to the Mission Valley from a six-...

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