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Dances with bulls Dances with bulls

Bull riders are always on the razor’s edge of danger and it’s the job of the rodeo bullfighter to keep cowboys safe when they are flung off that edge. Bullfighters Sylvan La Cross, 28, and Travis Langan, 33, spent the past weekend protecting bull riders during the Mission Mountain NRA Rodeo at the Polson Fairgrounds’ Less Baldwin Arena. La Cross and those in his extremely dangerous profession make their full-time living by serving as a human shield between the cowboy who is hell-bent on riding an 1,800-pound beast for 8 seconds and the beast who has plans to the contrary. On Friday night, the importance of having La Cross in the arena was not lost on Casey Frederi...


Firefighters raise money to purchase wildland fire gear Firefighters raise money to purchase wildland fire gear

Story and photos by Karen Peterson  Valley Journal  ST. IGNATIUS – Volunteer Erich Morigeau, 12, held up a small sculpture and made his way through the crowd for people to get a closer look at it during the 23rd Annual St. Ignatius Fireman’s Auction at the Old Town Field on Saturd...

Native students learn about trees as part of summer cultural program  Native students learn about trees as part of summer cultural program 

POLSON –  More culturally-inspired outreach is the goal of the summer native arts and culture program.    Polson Middle School special services teacher Amy Williams said the idea sprouted from Polson Schools’ parent and Indian education committees. Meetings are held Wednesday...

Crab fest organizers work to save arch Crab fest organizers work to save arch

RONAN – People gathered in Bockman Park for the annual crab fest hosted by the Chamber of Commerce to raise money for community projects on Friday. This year the focus is on helping save the iconic Ronan arch.  “The arch is safe for now, but the logs are rotting,” said Brandy Chisho...

$1M upgrade in the works for Finley Point State Park $1M upgrade in the works for Finley Point State Park

POLSON – A $1 million upgrade is in the works for Finley Point State Park.  The project, which began in the spring with the removal of some trees and the replacement of two latrines, will result in removal of six of 16 RV spaces in the existing campground next to Flathead Lake.  However...

Irrigation board changes building locks Irrigation board changes building locks

ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control continues to work on issues stemming from an internal investigation into missing monies. The board hired an accounting firm in April to look through the books concerning operations, procedures, and accounting for the last three years, from 2014 to 2...

Few options exist for parents battling a child’s meth addiction Few options exist for parents battling a child’s meth addiction

By Callahan Peel UM School of Journalism Celes Castrol remembers that day in eighth grade when she and her friends discovered the meth pipes in one girl’s parents’ room.  Castrol and her friends decided to test them out, and from that point on, Castrol was hooked. She used on and of...

Biking at work: Polson policeman pedals on patrol Biking at work: Polson policeman pedals on patrol

POLSON – It’s been a while, but Polson Police Department has another bike patrolman.  Officer Keith Deetz completed four days of defensive mountain bike training in Bozeman with the Law Enforcement Bicycle Association in late May. His first day on the streets in Polson was May 26, he said...

MSU research resets timeline for evolution of complex life forms MSU research resets timeline for evolution of complex life forms

BOZEMAN — A Montana State University doctoral graduate discovered fossilized microorganisms in western Montana that predate by 200 million years fossils previously believed to be the oldest complex life forms in North America. Zach Adam’s research of the fossilized remains of a eukaryote calle...

St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS — Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out. The food pantry is still looking for volunteers to work Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. If you are interested, please call 406-745-0057 for more information. The card party is held on the second Monday evening of ...

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