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New Medicare cards will be mailing soon

MONTANTA – Starting in September 2018, Medicare will mail new Medicare cards to people with Medicare in Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming, to help protect you from identity fraud. The new Medicare cards no longer contain your Social Security number, but rather a unique, randomly-assigned Medicare number that’s unique to you. The new card will help protect your identity and keep your personal information more secure. As soon as you receive your new Medicare card, you should safely and securely destroy your old Medicare card and keep your new Medicare number confidential. You can start using your new card as soon as you receive it. Your Medicare coverage and benefits won&r...


Ronan Seniors for Sept. 12, 2018

ST. IGNATIUS — We can’t help everyone, but everyone could help someone.  - Ronald Reagan Our nail clinic will be here on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 9-11 a.m. Please call the center to make your appointment at 406-745-4462. Commodities will be here on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and available for p...

Ronan Seniors for Sept. 12, 2018

RONAN — There is still a lot of smoke in the air but the temperature is starting to get cooler so we can be hopeful that the smoke will clear sooner rather than later.  Cards will be held at the Ronan Senior Center on Monday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. If you like to play cards you are welcome to join...

Polon seniors July 12, 2018

POLSON — The reason Mayberry was so peaceful and quiet was because nobody was married. The only married person was Otis, and he stayed drunk. In case you missed it last week, the veterans’ representative will be here again on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m.-noon. Also on Sept. 18, commoditi...

Experts share bear confrontation information Experts share bear confrontation information

ARLEE – An angry grizzly bear lowers its head and starts charging in your direction - what should you do?  The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes paired up with the nonprofit conservation group People and Carnivores during an informational meeting Aug. 28 at the Arlee Community Center to h...

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MONTANA – With fire season comes conjecture about the causes of the fires and patterns in fire activity. Is fire season getting more intense and longer? Why is fire season so different from year to year? Local experts, politicians, and scientists share their understandings of wildfire and the ways that...

Trail of Bales decorates Ronan, surrounding areas Trail of Bales decorates Ronan, surrounding areas

RONAN – Ninety hay bales are being transformed into magical creations of all kinds along U.S. Highway 93 and surrounding areas for the annual Trail of Bales contest, which involves turning a round bale into something grand. Last year, the Salish Kootenai Housing Authority took first place in the con...

Boys & Girls Club gets $1M donation

LAKE COUNTY – Several things are happening for the the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County including funding for a new building, a new playground, and swimming lessons.  The club recently received a grant for $1 million to use for the construction of a new clubhouse ...

Gun shops could be difference maker for suicide prevention

By now, it’s a story Ralph Demicco has told a thousand times: Over a period of six days in 2009, three people bought firearms from his gun shop in New Hampshire and shot and killed themselves in a matter of hours. When he heard the news, there was only one emotion. “I was shocked,” he...

Summer fires affect local, statewide air quality

LAKE COUNTY – Smoke and wildfires are a routine part of Lake County summers. Though the memory of dense smoke in the region may be fading, thick wildfire smoke obscured views and filled the Mission Valley with a scent reminiscent of campfire several weeks ago.  Kristen Martin of the Montana Dep...

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