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Weekend promises world-class cinema Weekend promises world-class cinema

POLSON — Polson will join the ranks of cities such as Park City, Utah, and Cannes, France, this weekend as it plays host to the Flathead Lake area’s first ever film festival. The Flathead Lake International Cinemafest will feature 27 independent films, from documentaries to animated shorts, by filmmakers from around the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe.  “There are some phenomenal films this year,” said Karen Lewing, artistic director of the Port Polson Players and one of three judges to screen all the films for FLIC. “It’s just been a thrill and an honor to (judge).” While Lewing refrained from giving away the judges&...

Commissioners adopt vision, mission statements

POLSON — In addition to approving Resolution No. 1036, budget amendments for fiscal year 2012-13, at their Jan. 23 meeting, Polson City Commissioners approved Resolution No. 1037 to adopt Polson’s vision statement and mission statement. The vision statement reads:  “Nestled in th...

Polson 3rd-grader donates hair Polson 3rd-grader donates hair

POLSON — After growing his hair out for 2 years, 9-year-old Ethan McCauley recently donated his 11-inch ponytail to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any ...

Nurses share flu tips with school board

POLSON — At the Jan. 21 school board meetings, school nurses Millie Nesladek and Amy Knutson spoke to the trustees about their monthly report of sick students. They also discussed whooping cough and the flu and what the nurses are doing to prevent the diseases. In an effort to get kids to wash their ha...

Hurricane haunts Polson author Hurricane haunts Polson author

In 1980, Hurricane Celia began in the south Atlantic, hit the Caribbean and bullied her way above the Panama Canal Zone into the Pacific Ocean. After causing floods in Santa Barbara, she gathered her 100-knot winds and headed up the coast, just as Ron Valiquette came steaming down the coast in a brand new 59...

Locals join ‘Idle No More’ movement Locals join ‘Idle No More’ movement

PABLO — Nearly 100 Flathead Reservation residents joined a movement sweeping North America last week, marching, singing and dancing in a peaceful demonstration — becoming “idle no more” like tens of thousands more across the continent.  The Idle No More movement began in Saska...

Wolf sighting may have gone to the dogs Wolf sighting may have gone to the dogs

POLSON — A possible wolf sighting and tracks in a Polson backyard on Dec. 28 and again on Dec. 31 made headlines around the area.  Now Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal wildlife biologists think the animals may have been dogs, since they weren’t able to absolutely verify the tracks ...

St. Ignatius man leads police on hour-long chase

ST. IGNATIUS — Police say James Wilson Allen, a 37-year-old St. Ignatius resident, led police on a seven-minute car chase followed by a 90-minute foot pursuit after he allegedly tried to run over a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy. Allen was originally stopped for “unsafe driving habits&rdqu...

Champagne soiree to kick off film festival Champagne soiree to kick off film festival

POLSON — An international flair and Hollywood glamour combine to add an air of excitement to Polson’s first annual film festival. Two guest filmmakers are feature attractions at the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest Feb. 1-3 in Polson. Jeff Chiba Stearns, a multi award-winning animation a...

Proposed irrigation water use agreement released

Negotiators for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the Flathead Joint Board of Control, and the United States have developed a proposed Flathead Indian Irrigation Project Water Use Agreement for consideration by the organizations they represent. The FIIP Water Use Agreement is a critical piece o...


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