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Salish Kootenai College commencement celebrated June 8 Salish Kootenai College commencement celebrated June 8

  PABLO — Yamncut drum played as Salish Kootenai College class of 2013 followed Linda King and Wilbert Michel into the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center for commencement on June 8. Jason Smith, former SKC graduate and current Director of Indian Affairs for Montana Governor Steve Bullock, offered graduates a “free fundamental formula for success.” In his journey, Smith said he relied on his cultural and family relationships, and he advised the class of 2013 to do the same. “Listen and learn these ways,” Smith said, adding that he travels home to the sweat lodge to relieve stress.  Smith also advised graduates to find a career and a ...


SKC nursing program graduates honored at pinning ceremony SKC nursing program graduates honored at pinning ceremony

PABLO — “It takes a village in nursing education,” Dr. Katherine Willock, PhD., RN, head of Salish Kootenai College’s nursing program said as she spoke to graduates at the June 7 pinning ceremony.  A part of that village is mothers, fathers, children, significant others and fr...

‘Arts in Our Backyard’ honors volunteers, showcases student art ‘Arts in Our Backyard’ honors volunteers, showcases student art

POLSON — “Our class made a big portrait of animals,” Kendra Spotted Bear said. “I made the bear.”  Kendra is in Kris Nordberg’s second grade class. Kendra’s friend Reagan Wetzel created a butterfly picture and insects in Darcie Laud’s second grade  ...

Ronan Farmers Market sees growth spurt Ronan Farmers Market sees growth spurt

RONAN — For many residents, small farmers markets are an integral part of their lives and livelihoods. The opportunity to sell produce and other goods directly to customers allows producers to eliminate a costly middleman grocery or department store and facilitates growth within the community.  ...

Arlee Celebration Powwow retains cultural heritage Arlee Celebration Powwow retains cultural heritage

ARLEE — With the 115th annual Arlee Celebration just around the corner, Chairman of the Celebration Committee Salisha Old Bull said an entire year of planning is about to come to fruition.  “We spend the whole year preparing for the celebration, and everyone on the committee is a voluntee...

Polson author tells childhood story in ‘The Fair Sombrero’ Polson author tells childhood story in ‘The Fair Sombrero’

POLSON — With a scary chase, a Brahma bull, 9-year-old best friends and their horses, Kalispell and the Northwest Montana Fair in the 1950s, “The Fair Sombrero” by Polson author Joye Ann Albert is a great story.  “It’s a true story, too,” Albert said, at a book sig...

Horse Sense: Participants excited to learn old ways in a new light Horse Sense: Participants excited to learn old ways in a new light

ST. IGNATIUS — The idea for Horse Progress Days was born when Marvin Troyer, a long-time horseman and wagon restoration expert, saw an abundance of horses in the Mission Valley not being used to their full potential.  With this in mind, Troyer created Horse Progress Days: an educational driving...

New names, products and jobs come to Polson New names, products and jobs come to Polson

POLSON — New businesses are cropping up all around Polson, some in repurposed buildings and some in buildings constructed specifically for them. Progress on the new Walmart Supercenter structure provided conversation in Polson for months.  It’s been a rocky road for the Walmart Superce...

Farmers Market thriving in Polson Farmers Market thriving in Polson

POLSON — Bright red and pink geraniums, quilts, loaves of homemade bread, pastries filled with fruit, fresh made doughnuts, early vegetables, flower, herb and vegetable plants, jewelry, soap ... browsers, buyers, sellers and children, even a man selling advice for 50 cents — Polson’s Farmer...

PoArtry event gathers poets, artists PoArtry event gathers poets, artists

POLSON — It may have been the first ever community poetry reading at Riverside Park.  After a shower swept through Polson on May 31, the skies cleared for the PoArtry In the Park event planned by Annabelle Smith and Sophie Sisler. The eighth graders are in Tamara Fisher’s gifted and ta...

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