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Mission loses police chief  Mission loses police chief 

ST. IGNATIUS — Council members had much to discuss during the April 2 meeting in St. Ignatius.  St. Ignatius police chief Frank Aaron left his position and moved to West Yellowstone. His last day was March 29 and the town is now advertising for a police chief. Jeffrey Ferguson, Mission’s newly-hired policeman, is set to attend training at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy from April 7 through June 28. He plans to come back to Mission and patrol on some weekends.  Public works director Scott Morton was pleased to announce the city had successfully installed automatic chlorinated testing equipment in pump 2 of the town’s water project. Officials hope to hav...


Skyline construction begins April 15 Skyline construction begins April 15

POLSON — The final phase of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s $12,000 TIGER road and bike path construction project will begin April 15.  Skyline Drive will be one-way northbound beginning on April 15, and a pilot car or a flagger will guide motorists north at 20 minutes past t...

Hospitals host emergency training Hospitals host emergency training

RONAN — The scenario: the Mission Valley is flooding, and some residents have been evacuated to shelters at Salish Kootenai College. A young man complaining of a headache and feeling ill was dosed with aspirin and rested in the shelter. The next day, the young man has a high fever, still has the headac...

Chamber seeks support for flower baskets

POLSON — The Polson Beautification Committee is dedicated to keeping Main Street a clean and inviting place for residents and visitors to shop and relax. For the last 14 years, the committee has purchased, hung, and cared for 70 flower baskets, hanging each summer on Main Street and First Streets East ...

Ronan Area Chamber plans annual spring cleanup

RONAN — On Saturday, May 4, the city of Ronan and the Ronan Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual “Spring Cleaning Day.” Meet at 9 a.m. at the Ronan City Park to pick up garbage bags, gloves and a hot cup of coffee to get you going. There will be a construction size dumpster donat...

Local quilters stitch blankets, mend hearts Local quilters stitch blankets, mend hearts

CHARLO — When life gets you down — whether the reason is illness, natural disaster or just hard times — Charlo’s Sassy Scrappy Stitchers might be just the thing you need to get your spirits up.  The group began in 2000 as a way for friends to get together and make quilts and b...

Green thumbs span 4 generations at South Shore Greenhouse Green thumbs span 4 generations at South Shore Greenhouse

POLSON — Plants, from tiny alyssum seedlings to lettuce to a decades-old orchid cactus, fill South Shore Greenhouse. And potting, watering, feeding and caring for these plants are four generations of women Lois Shore, Kathy Shore, Kari Wise and Ursula Wise, the youngest at 17. “My dad’s ...

Lake trout tagged for fishing tourney Lake trout tagged for fishing tourney

POLSON — Now in its 12th year, the twice-annual Mack Days fishing event is aimed at reducing Flathead Lake’s lake trout population and increasing the native bull and cutthroat trout population. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the tournament, however, are the tagged trout.  An ext...

Kicking Horse Job Corps furloughs employees, cuts student enrollment Kicking Horse Job Corps furloughs employees, cuts student enrollment

RONAN — Kicking Horse Job Corps has started furloughing employees to meet budget restrictions at the federal level.  According to the United States Department of Labor, “The Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diplo...

Oldhorn gets 15 years after suspended sentences revoked Oldhorn gets 15 years after suspended sentences revoked

POLSON — Clifford Oldhorn appeared in Judge C. B. McNeil’s courtroom on March 27, and his suspended sentences for three 2005 convictions for burglary, theft and deceptive practices were revoked since he violated his probation in February.  Cole Brills, a probation officer in Polson, testi...

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