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Ag Days opens young eyes to agriculture Ag Days opens young eyes to agriculture

IRVINE FLATS — Turning fourth graders into noxious leafy spurge plants doesn’t involve magic, and several hundred kids took part during Ag Days at Mac and Pat Binger’s ranch on April 2-3.  To show students how seeds are dispersed, each kid got sunflower seeds to put in their mouths, and then practiced launching (spitting) the seeds onto a tarp marked with distances. Although leafy spurge plants don’t spit their seeds, the wind blows them and animals carry them, and spitting seeds is a fun way to help kids understand the process.    Flathead Reservation Extension Agent Rene Kittle said she’s learned if she can engage kids in a hands-on activ...

Tick-Tock: Hungry ticks make for sick hikers

MISSION VALLEY — While the spring weather is a welcome reprieve from Montana’s winter, several wildlife agencies around Western Montana are issuing warnings regarding a voracious predator that spreads disease and drinks the blood of the living — ticks. According to a press release from t...

Ronan veteran visits home on walk across America Ronan veteran visits home on walk across America

Exactly 32 days ago, a veteran and member of several VFW posts and honor guard organizations throughout the Mission Valley, Chuck Lewis, set out on a journey from the Seattle, Wash., area to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. His goals were simple, straightforward and direct: Walk more than...

Cause of double-fatality accident still under investigation

ST. IGNATIUS — Missoula resident Debby Ramsey, 68, and her 91-year-old mother Mary Virginia Smith were killed in a two-vehicle accident near St. Ignatius April 21 in blizzard conditions.  Responding Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Day said that while the adverse conditions were a factor in...

Annual River Honoring announced

The Tribal Natural Resources Department announces that the 2013 River Honoring event begins Monday, May 6, at 6 p.m. with a community gathering. The public is invited and welcome to attend the opening of the River Honoring. The gathering will begin with an announcement of the 2013 river honorees. A free barb...

Polson theater pioneers to share story at luncheon

You’ve heard about matches made in heaven and labors of love.  Well, that’s what Neal and Karen Lewing have meant for countless years to the Port Polson Players Theatre.  And with the 38th season now under way at the historic John Dowdall Theatre overlooking Flathead Lake at the b...

Class counts turtle casualties along Highway 93 Class counts turtle casualties along Highway 93

Painted turtles are the only native turtle on the Flathead Reservation. Usually they cross U.S. Highway 93 if their pond dries up, they’re searching for a mate or they need soft mud to lay their eggs. Many turtles are killed each year by highway traffic. PHS teacher Mark Rochin and his classes have ...

Local man remembered for AIDS prevention work Local man remembered for AIDS prevention work

MISSION VALLEY — For many years, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was something to be terrified of, but not something to talk about. Tom Freeman changed all of that on the Flathead Indian Reservation, and probably saved many lives in the process. According to the Center for Disease Control, HIV ca...

Fifth annual Starving Artists show to benefit Ronan fire department Fifth annual Starving Artists show to benefit Ronan fire department

RONAN — Anyone who’s ever chased a dream at their wallet’s expense can identify with the term “starving artist.”  However, those who can identify with the term also seem to understand the concept of helping those in need. These are the circumstances surrounding the fifth...

Mission students showcase hard work, plans Mission students showcase hard work, plans

ST. IGNATIUS — Beaming smiles and the sounds of laughter filled the halls of nearly every St. Ignatius School District building April 25 as students, parents and faculty alike participated in the latest installment of St. Ignatius’ Community Showcase.  “I love it,” smiled midd...

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