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St. Ignatius water project nears completion

ST. IGNATIUS — After a small amount of E. coli was found in the St. Ignatius water system in July of 2010, the city was forced to work through a $250,000 mandated water system upgrade for the next several years.  The original project was to add a third city well and replace water lines on three streets. The Department of Environmental Quality tested the St. Ignatius water system in July of 2010. When the test came back positive for E. coli, the DEQ required the city to install a chlorine treatment system to sanitize the water supply.  The new well and upgraded water lines would have to wait.  Now that Phase 1 of the project (installing the new chlorine system) ...


Jocko River Trout Hatchery spawns 2,000 albino trout Jocko River Trout Hatchery spawns 2,000 albino trout

ARLEE — The Jocko River Trout Hatchery in Arlee got a colorful surprise in the spring of 2009 when it spawned roughly 250 albino trout — an interesting and rare occurrence. According to hatchery employee Ron Snyder, the Arlee strain of rainbow trout genetics was created in the 1950s. Since the...

Name released in fatal Evaro wreck

EVARO — Missoula County Public Information Officer Jason Johnson released the name of a 21-year-old Plains woman killed in a three-vehicle crash Jan. 6.  Joscelyn Lea Cook was on her way back to school after winter break when the crash occurred.  Johnson said the cause of death was blun...

Buddha garden set to ring in Tibetan New Year Buddha garden set to ring in Tibetan New Year

ARLEE — If you couldn’t find your New Year’s Eve kiss this year, have no fear, the Tibetan New Year is almost here. And according to the Tibetan calendar, it’s still 2012. Feb 11 marks the first day of Losar (the Tibetan word for “New Year,”) and the first day of 2013. ...

City commission approves budget amendments City commission approves budget amendments

POLSON — Polson City Commissioners held a public hearing Jan. 7 on fiscal year 2011-12 budget amendments, closed the hearing and approved the budget amendments per Resolution No. 1035.   Polson City Manager Todd Crossett reported to the commissioners that the Polson Police Department and Polson...

Salish Kootenai College professor documents polar bears in Churchill Salish Kootenai College professor documents polar bears in Churchill

Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, bills itself as the “polar bear capital of the world.” Situated on Hudson Bay, Churchill offers a perfect place for polar bears to gather to wait for the ice to freeze, usually in November, so they can go out on the ice to hunt ringed seals, their favorite food. The m...

Arlee’s ‘Friends’ continue to donate

Recently, the Friends of Arlee Schools, Inc. have been able to give money to the Arlee schools in the form of equipment and classroom supplies not covered by the school’s budget. In December, teachers were asked to submit applications detailing what they need in their classrooms. The Friends board dist...

Arlee teacher honored for ‘teaching tolerance’

ARLEE – The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project will recognize five outstanding educators with the Teaching Tolerance Award for excellence in culturally responsive teaching on Jan. 25 in Washington, D.C. Arlee High School teacher Anna E. Baldwin is among the honorees. The ...

Film festival tickets available

POLSON — The Flathead Lake International Cinemafest is Feb. 1-3 in Polson. Weekend events will take place at the KwaTaqNuk and Showboat Cinema.  Local judges Karen Lewing, David W. King and Mac Swan screened films submitted for FLIC.  “The films that our judges selected,” sa...

RMS student photographers to showcase work RMS student photographers to showcase work

RONAN — There’s no shortage of creativity in Ronan Middle School.  Images reflecting the imagination and skill of young photographers from the school aptly demonstrate that point. Students in fifth through eighth grades will display their talents at a photographic art show Friday, Jan....

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