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Warm weather trend easier on ranchers Warm weather trend easier on ranchers

MISSION VALLEY — While the world didn’t end along with the Ancient Mayan calendar, the year 2012 brought with it some interesting weather patterns, to say the least.  According to the National Oceaonographic and Atmospheric Association, 2012 was the ninth warmest year on record since 1880, when annual temperatures were first recorded. All 10 of the top 10 warmest years on record fall within the last 15 years. While much of Montana saw rain and 40-degree days leading up to Christmas, many southern states had an unusually white Christmas with several inches of snow.  A national drought followed by monsoon-like rain and flooding crippled much of the Midwest&rsquo...


SKC Interfaith Peace Panelists speak on faith, humanism, relationships SKC Interfaith Peace Panelists speak on faith, humanism, relationships

PABLO — In observance of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his life work, seven people hailing from seven different upbringings, cultures, ethnic groups and religions met in Salish Kootenai College’s Vic Charlo and Johnny Arlee Theatre in the early evening hours Jan. 17. The discussion focu...

Civil rights talk part of college’s MLK celebration Civil rights talk part of college’s MLK celebration

PABLO — Dr. George Price came to Salish Kootenai College on Wednesday to discuss the relations between Native Americans and African-Americans throughout history, as well as his take on the role of successful activism at a time when the “Idle No More Movement” is gaining precedence in and ar...

Western Montana Stockgrowers meet, eat and socialize Western Montana Stockgrowers meet, eat and socialize

POLSON — The lower floor of the KwaTuqNuk Resort and Casino was a sea of hats and boots as members of the Western Montana Stockgrowers Association gathered for their annual meeting Jan. 19.   Before a social hour, a prime rib dinner and dancing, the livestock producers held a business meeting a...

World War II vet, rancher celebrates 90 years World War II vet, rancher celebrates 90 years

Retired rancher and Army veteran Orville Bjorge has lived on Garcon Gulch between Irvine Flats and Hot Springs his whole life. That’s a long time, since Bjorge was born in 1923.  He celebrated his 90th birthday surrounded by family and friends at the Hot Springs Senior Citizen’s Center...

North Crow house fire a 'total loss' North Crow house fire a 'total loss'

RONAN — The Ronan, Polson and Finley Point fire departments, along with several Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies and a Ronan Ambulance crew, responded to a house fire on North Crow Road Jan. 14. The column of smoke ascending from the structure could be seen f...

Despite national drought, hay supply plentiful in Mission Valley Despite national drought, hay supply plentiful in Mission Valley

As the old ranch saying goes, “hay is like money in the bank.” If a rancher has hay, he can feed his or her own horses, cows and other animals all winter. Hay can always be sold to help out a neighbor or bring in some cash. Cold weather and snow make it tougher for cows to scrounge enough of l...

New system simplifies insurance verification for MHP, counties New system simplifies insurance verification for MHP, counties

Montana drivers are required to carry liability insurance on their vehicles, but many drivers do not. The 2009 Montana Legislature passed Senate Bill 508, the Montana motor vehicle insurance responsibility and verification act, in an attempt to reduce the number of uninsured motor vehicles.  Accordin...

Ronan woman killed in head-on wreck

DEER LODGE — Powell County Coroner John Pohle has released the name of a Ronan woman killed in a head-on collision near Garrison last week.  According to Pohle, 57-year-old Ronan resident Patricia Elaine Graves was killed around noon Jan. 8 in a head-on collision on Interstate 90 just west of G...

SKC still seeking new president

PABLO — Dr. Luana K. Ross replaced long-serving Salish Kootenai College president Joe McDonald in 2010. In a move that surprised many, Ross resigned in mid-October last year, citing, “irreconcilable visions between myself and some members of the governing board.” Two months later and Dr....

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