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Locally-shot film plays in Pablo

PABLO — Bella Vista means beautiful view in Italian, and the scenery in this movie is stunning, shot in the Mission Valley, Ninepipe Wildlife Refuge and Missoula.  The endless horizon and waking-up-after-winter colors play to the main character’s sense of aloneness. Kathleen Wise plays Doris, the main character, an English teacher who moved to Missoula and taken a job teaching a group of immigrant students. She’s moved from a familiar place and has a temporary job and is exploring the area to feel more at home.  The movie was shown at the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest in January and was screened again at the Johnny Arlee/Victor Charlo Theater on...

Arlee farmers market moves Arlee farmers market moves

You can buy just about everything but a farmer at the Arlee Farmers Market, which is now open on Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m.  “We don’t have actual farmers for sale,” Julia Longacre said jokingly. “But that might have potential as a future fundraiser. We’ve got all kinds of...

St. Ignatius council withholds final water project payment

ST. IGNATIUS – St. Ignatius Town Council voted May 5 to withhold final payments for a water improvement project until the contractor in charge can fix certain problems and ensure completion. The project, started in June 2014 after significant delays, was supposed to be completed in 90 days. Almost a...

Getting police chief top priority in St. Ignatius Getting police chief top priority in St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS – Townspeople are not happy as police response times lag and a stray dog problem continues to grow in St. Ignatius as the town enters its fifth month without a police chief. After listening to several people speak about various problems at the Town Council’s May 5 meeting, Mayor C...

Meth contamination affects elders Meth contamination affects elders

ARLEE – Methamphetamine contamination closed the Salish and Kootenai Tribal Senior Citizens Center a few weeks ago, and when the elders gathered on Thursday in a new temporary location for their weekly lunch to discuss the problem — the entire tribal council was on hand to hear concerns. &ldqu...

Preserving history Preserving history

There is a small cabin on a grassy hill above the tree line near the Mission Mountains, but not too near, close to a highway that didn’t exist when it was built in the 1800s, and it usually stays quiet.  “When people see this lonesome building out in the field, I’d like them to appr...

City commission approves bonds, discusses fire analysis

POLSON — Polson City Commissioners and Mayor Heather Knudson approved $473,000 in water system bonds for the downtown water loop, “the last piece of the funding package,” according to Cindy Dooley, Polson finance officer. The project is replacing and reconnecting water pipes in the area nor...

Irrigation project tightens safety regulations after accident

ST. IGNATIUS – If you see neon-clad, hard-hat wearing workers toiling away along the roadside in Lake County, they might not be road workers.  The Flathead Indian Irrigation Project recently tightened its safety regulations after a severe injury to one of its workers.  “He was sta...

Irrigator meeting sparsely attended, communication disconnect blamed

ST. IGNATIUS – There were only a handful of irrigators on hand for the Bureau of Indian Affairs bi-annual meeting for the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project and it appears a communication disconnect between the BIA and Flathead Joint Board of Control might be to blame.  The May 5 meeting was an...


POLSON — The optimist says the glass is half-full. The pessimist thinks the glass is half-empty. The engineer knows the glass is twice as big as it needs to be. Jerry Hicks recently passed. Jerry was a long-time member and served on the board of the Polson Senior Center. We will certainly miss his s...

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