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People’s Voice pursues referendum

Although the Salazar settlement payout occurred in September and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes paid out approximately half, the People’s Voice has collected between 1,290 and 1,300 signatures from tribal members on the reservation who believe all the Salazar settlement money should be distributed to tribal members.  With the April 11 settlement of the Nez Perce Tribe, et al, v. Kenneth L. Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, et al, suit, 41 Indian tribes across the nation received compensation for money lost in mismanaged accounts and from royalties for oil, gas, grazing and timber rights on tribal lands that tribes did not receive from the government. The Confede...


Salish Kootenai College presidential search under way

PABLO — After Dr. Luana Ross’ resignation as president of Salish Kootenai College, the search for a new president is on the horizon. SKC Board Chairman Jim Durglo said the first steps will be to review the position’s job description, review advertisements and, as a board, schedule the ad...

Drafts of compact, ordinance presented Drafts of compact, ordinance presented

PABLO — Bill Schultz from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Water Resources Division narrated a PowerPoint presentation on complete drafts of the reserved water rights compact and ordinance at the Oct. 24 water rights negotiation session. Negotiating team from the Confeder...

Student saves choking friend at lunch Student saves choking friend at lunch

A Kicking Horse Job Corps student put her training to work and saved a fellow student from choking on Oct. 22. Sierra White, a CNA and medical assisting student at Kicking Horse Job Corps Center, came to the rescue for a choking victim, Martin Gamez. Martin, a diesel mechanics student, and his friends sat...

SKC mulls plans for greenhouse SKC mulls plans for greenhouse

PABLO — Students, faculty and community members filed into Salish Kootenai College’s Camas room last week to hear a presentation on community sustained agriculture as it relates to the college’s recently-built greenhouse. Those in attendance were served a beef stew made with locally grow...

Students study soil, ecosystems Students study soil, ecosystems

A crew of fourth-grade “citizen scientists” from Linderman Elementary School visited Tim Lake’s farmland south of Polson on Oct. 16. Their goal, according to the data collection book, was to gain insight into the relationship between agriculture and the effects of noxious weeds on plants, a...

Ronan railway crossing gets upgrade Ronan railway crossing gets upgrade

RONAN — As many residents know, the railway crossing on Round Butte Road near Westland Seed is rough, to put it mildly. The speed limit drops from 65 miles per hour to 35 in a matter of a few hundred yards. Should a driver fail to slow down in time to cross the road, a violent, suspension-rattling s...

Vandals target car, building windows

POLSON — A rash of broken windows in vehicles and buildings have plagued Polson for the past three weeks.  According to a press release from Polson Assistant Police Chief Clint Cottle, officers responded to more than 20 incidences of night-time vandalism, mostly on the west side of Polson. Cott...

JP candidates speak out on issues JP candidates speak out on issues

POLSON — Nine of the candidates for Lake County Justice of the Peace packed the Polson High School stage for a candidate forum co-sponsored by Domestic Violence Education and Services and the Valley Journal on Oct. 16. About 50 people were in the audience. The three candidates not attending were Alan B...

Farm-to-School initiatives inspire health, excitement Farm-to-School initiatives inspire health, excitement

RONAN — Farm-to-school initiatives are programs and efforts designed to connect schools with local food producers. In addition to boosting the local economy, these programs help to educate students and teachers on the importance of healthy food choices, the process of agriculture and ranching and, very...

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