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Firefighters brave the heat to feed the crowd Firefighters brave the heat to feed the crowd

ST. IGNATIUS — People lined up as the dinner bell rang for the 19th annual Fireman’s Picnic. Food was consumed, children played games, and items were auctioned to help generate funding to keep the fire department functioning. Firefighter Ray Frey felt the heat as he stood over a hot grill with a pitchfork. He compared the heat from a house fire to the heat from the grill as smoke rolled over his face. “The grill is more intense,” he said wiping sweat from his forehead with a half-smile. Experienced firefighters knew how to handle the crowd.  “When you’ve been doing this for as long as we have there are not a lot of surprises,” said ...


Polson city commissioners approve annexation

POLSON — A proposal for annexation approval of seven parcels of land totaling 157 acres southeast of Polson kindled discussion at the June 17 Polson City Commissioners meeting.  The land in question belongs to James Davies, Mike Maddy, Sue and Chris Toppen and Knife River Corporation.   ...

MME Spring Fling delights clients, staff alike MME Spring Fling delights clients, staff alike

RONAN —Huge smiles, black suits and dancing clients were the order of the day during Mission Mountain Enterprises’ eighth annual Spring Fling. Mission Mountain Enterprises in Ronan is a private, nonprofit corporation seeking to provide “high-quality, community-based services to i...

Fourth of July festivities abound throughout county

There are many opportunities to celebrate our nation’s birthday on July 4 throughout in Polson, Charlo and Arlee. Polson The colorful and patriotic Polson Centennial 4th of July Parade organized by the Envision Polson! Youth Committee the Polson Kiwanis Club begins at noon. The parade will begin ...

Funds needed for fireworks

POLSON — Next Thursday is the Fourth of July, a day to celebrate the United States of America’s independence. For many folks that means parades, family barbecues, swimming in the lake, and then, when it gets dark, chrysanthemums and spider fireworks bursting into bloom above Flathead Lake. &nb...

Traveling petting zoo delights residents Traveling petting zoo delights residents

RONAN — Small droppings marked the trail to the petting zoo Thursday — right up the concrete steps and through the doors of the St. Luke Extended Care Facility in Ronan.  Custodians, nurses and aides didn’t mind keeping tabs on little messes, because the heifer, the pony, the bunnie...

Culture camp passes on old ways Culture camp passes on old ways

NORTH VALLEY CREEK — Encampment at Agnes Vanderburg’s camp is part of summer at Salish Kootenai College, and this year it was held from June 9 to 14. Although it always rains, this year they only had one day of rain and some showers — not enough to slow down the students, who showed up w...

Jocko Irrigation District withdraws from FJBC

News from the Jocko  Irrigation District ARLEE — In a 2-1 vote, the three Jocko Irrigation District representatives voted to withdraw from the Flathead Joint Board of Control on June 14. Kerry Doney and Roger Christopher voted yes, and Boone Cole voted against.  The three representat...

CME decides on concrete pipe for S Canal CME decides on concrete pipe for S Canal

PABLO — The Cooperative Management Entity for the Flathead Irrigation District met at the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal complex on June 12. In reorganizing the board, CSKT Council member Leonard Gray was chosen as chair with Ted Hein as vice chair. The board heard a report from hydrolog...

Joint Board ups attorney’s salary, hires Slack Joint Board ups attorney’s salary, hires Slack

ST. IGNATIUS — The Flathead Joint Board of Control met on June 10 for their monthly meeting.  Attorney Jon Metropoulos reported on the two law suits in which the FJBC is involved.  One is a suit filed by the Western Montana Water Users in December against the Flathead, Jock and Mission ...

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