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Talking sticks spark creativity Talking sticks spark creativity

POLSON — Walk into Polson High School, and all around are talking sticks, made by PHS art students.  The sticks are displayed crosswise on poles in the lobby, above Principal Rex Weltz’s office door, in the library and in the halls.  Matt Holmes, PHS art teacher, took an Office of Public Instruction class on making talking sticks as art therapy. Historically, Holmes said, different tribes used talking sticks in council and may still. Today Boy Scout troops use the sticks to designate whose turn it is to talk.  “All my classes made them. ... They needed a day to just get after it,” Holmes said.  Holmes gathered more than 100 short stick...


Job Corps students learn culinary skills Job Corps students learn culinary skills

RONAN – As Joseph Martinez rested in a hospital bed recovering from alcohol poisoning, he thought there had to be something better he could do with his life.  “It scared the h--- out of me,” he said about coming close to death. He decided he’d had enough near death experien...

Master gardeners practice pruning techniques Master gardeners practice pruning techniques

POLSON — Pickups and people with loppers and tree saws advanced on the row of maple and ash trees fronting Kerr Dam Road near the sewer lagoons on April 10 as Jack Stivers and his Montana State University Extension Master Gardener’s class arrived to give the trees a trim. “We volunteer t...

City of Polson plans new wastewater treatment facility City of Polson plans new wastewater treatment facility

POLSON — “We did a 10-year Band-Aid 12 years ago, and now the Band-Aid is falling apart,” said Tony Porrazzo, city of Polson water superintendent.  Porrazzo was talking about wastewater treatment system improvements, which is not a new issue. The Polson City Commissioners will be...

School board candidates to speak at forum School board candidates to speak at forum

RONAN — The Ronan Pablo Education Association will be hosting a candidate forum on Wednesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Ronan Performing Arts Center for the upcoming Ronan School District #30 school board trustee election. All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. The Student Council ...

Commissioners request extended comment period

News from the Lake County Commissioners POLSON — Lake County Commissioners wrote Kimberly Bose, Secretary of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, requesting an additional 30-day comment period for Kerr Dam Hydroelectric Project.  In the April 3 letter, LCC Chair Bill Barron said, &ldquo...

Commission works to stop invasive species Commission works to stop invasive species

PABLO — The Flathead Basin Commission is in the process of rolling out new tools meant to keep invasive species at bay. At an April 9 meeting, commission members reviewed plans for new video public service announcements and the deployment of scent detection dogs trained to sniff out specific invasiv...

Trumpeter Swan shooters sentenced Trumpeter Swan shooters sentenced

News from the Confederated Salish and Kooteani Tribes PABLO — Last week careful collaboration between Tribal Conservation Officer and Investigator Mike McElderry and Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Warden Ron Howell resulted in citations of two Polson residents in the incident of the Trumpeter Swan ...

Melvin Madplume, Jr., sentenced to life in prison, no parole Melvin Madplume, Jr., sentenced to life in prison, no parole

POLSON — District Judge John Larson sentenced Melvin Madplume, Jr., 30, to life in prison with no parole for killing his cousin Laurence Kenmille on May 25, 2013. Kenmille was 28 years old when he was killed at Wild Horse Hot Springs near the town of Hot Springs.  Judge Larson from Missoula pre...

Smith nabs state FFA award, others compete

RONAN – Winning the state FFA championship in beef production is something Cheyanne Smith hopes will be a stepping stone on the way to raising cattle as an adult.  The Ronan senior nabbed the top prize last month by completing a four-year long project that required her to document her work with...

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