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Children’s Theatre in Arlee for 35th year Children’s Theatre in Arlee for 35th year

ARLEE – The Missoula Children’s Theatre has shown-up to help Arlee students present a play in one week every year for the past 35 years. “We keep doing this because it lets the kids gain confidence, it lets them make a commitment and stick to it and it’s fun,” teacher Carrie Drye said. “And this is a chance for the kids to work with professional actors. The actors bring the set, the costumes and the play. We couldn’t do this as well without them.”  Drye participated in the organization of every one of the school’s productions.  “It’s become a generational thing. We have the children of the children who have...


Arlee students learn about sacrfice behind symbolic flags Arlee students learn about sacrfice behind symbolic flags

  ARLEE – Flags are more than bits of colorful cloth sewn together. They represent the rights associated with the country that flies them and a price paid by servicemen and women for those rights, Arlee students learned at a Nov. 20 presentation. Diane Aguilar, food services director for the...

Community unites to raise funds, support effort in West Africa Community unites to raise funds, support effort in West Africa

The exotic drumbeat coaxed children and adults to their feet, some dancing in circles and others locking arms in laughter.  A spirit of unity and generosity prevailed as the community gathered for an afternoon of feasting, singing and supporting each other’s efforts. And they hadn’t ev...

Small business owners bank on service to compete Small business owners bank on service to compete

LAKE COUNTY — Local business owners are taking stock of their business strategies, marketing and customer base after the October opening of the new Walmart Supercenter in Polson. The new chain store gives shoppers access to thousands of commodities at perceived rock bottom prices. It brings competit...

Miracle at Lake Mary Ronan: Women honored for saving Missoula man’s life Miracle at Lake Mary Ronan: Women honored for saving Missoula man’s life

POLSON — Enjoying a last camping trip at Lake Mary Ronan in August before school started, neither Jennifer Holt nor Megan Olsen thought they would have to use their CPR skills.  But Bob Christensen is glad they did. Christensen suffered a heart attack on Aug. 25 after waterskiing. Olsen s...

Therapy pool helps disabled man gain strength, motion Therapy pool helps disabled man gain strength, motion

POLSON — With the biggest, most I’m-so-happy grin, Chuck Lockwood floats on his back across the Mission Valley Aquatic Center therapy pool, his flippered feet kicking.  Right behind him is instructor Sharon Murphy with a hand on Chuck’s flotation belt, smiling, talking to Chuck and ...

Local girl bags bull moose Local girl bags bull moose

POLSON — Josey Motichka said she had less than a one percent chance of drawing a permit to shoot a moose, but she drew one. The 15-year-old has been hunting with her dad since she could walk. When she was old enough, Josey shot her first buck deer on family land in Eureka. But a moose permit is some...

Tribal leaders meet with president, Cabinet, congressman

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council members Carole Depoe Lankford and Joe Durglo had the ears of the nation’s highest federal officials last week and used the opportunity to talk about economic development, and interagency cooperation between the Flathead Reservatio...

Children experience Native heritage at powwow Children experience Native heritage at powwow

RONAN — Hundreds of area Headstart students spent Friday afternoon twisting and twirling in traditional Native American clothing and pint-sized moccasins.  The “We Are Thankful” powwow gave children the opportunity to dance alongside tribal elders who also played drums and sang at t...

Firefighters save Polson home Firefighters save Polson home

POLSON — A Polson student home sick with the flu Nov. 11 was awakened by smoke and Dale, the family’s brindle pit bull, in his home at 206 8th Ave. W. The fire did an estimated $10,000 to $12,000 worth of damage to the building and its contents. Dispatch called the Polson Fire Department at ab...

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