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Streetscape needs waste receptacles, funds Streetscape needs waste receptacles, funds

POLSON — With coneflowers, lavender and other native plants growing on the corners of Polson’s Main Street and shiny new benches, waste receptacles and bike racks, the Polson Community Development Agency’s Streetscape Project has made a lot of progress in downtown Polson.  But with events like the Flathead Cherry Festival, Cruisen’ By the Bay, hoopfest, area powwows, the Polson Farmers Market and the Polson Triathlon bringing more people to Polson, the Streetscape committee needs 10 more waste receptacles.  The group also needs funds to replace trees and maintain the flowers and plants. “Our big emphasis is to keep the bumpouts (corners) nice...


Arlee resident dies in wreck

ARLEE — While attempting to help an apparently intoxicated father and son drive home, two good Samaritans ended up in a fatal car accident that killed Arlee resident Mark Francis Felsman Sr.  According to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Paul Pfau, 41-year-old Felsman Sr. and his son left the El ...

Pedestrian hit by SUV Pedestrian hit by SUV

SKC professor, students part of Mars Rover team SKC professor, students part of Mars Rover team

PABLO — Mars, the red planet, and Western Montana are literally worlds apart, but Dr. Tim Olson, a Salish Kootenai College physics professor, and two of his students, Noel Stewart, Browning, and Judy Hudgins, Ronan, are helping bridge the gap. They are at the National Aeronautic and Space Administratio...

Koppy, Hertz vie for HD 11 seat Koppy, Hertz vie for HD 11 seat

Greg Hertz, Republican, and Bud Koppy, Democrat, are running for the House District 11 seat in the Montana State Legislature.  A Kyla resident, Koppy (pronounced with a long o) is a 69-year-old widower with five children, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Koppy moved to Montana in 1967 bu...

Read up for reelection Read up for reelection

RONAN — It’s election season in the Mission Valley, and the House District 15 seat is up for grabs.  House District 15 covers the southern end of Lake County, circles around the eastern side of the Mission Mountains in a crescent shape and covers the Blackfeet Reservation in the Browning ...

Polson student wins state competition Polson student wins state competition

POLSON — Fourth-grader Jason Buffington’s poster of an apple tree’s cycle of life won the 2012 Montana Association of Conservation Districts poster contest after first winning the Lake County contest. His bright poster will be entered in the national contest.  “From soil to sp...

Ronan Telephone Company gets new name, capabilities Ronan Telephone Company gets new name, capabilities

RONAN — When Ronan Telephone Company opened its doors on Jan. 1, 1960, it served about 720 customers on 200 phone lines in Ronan and Pablo. Company founders Beth and Jay Preston Sr. recalled that the entire town of Pablo had only three telephone lines.  “People used the phone differently ...

Traditional hunting camp teaches leadership Traditional hunting camp teaches leadership

Teepees facing east along the Flathead River caught the morning sun and the calming burble of the water. Although the scene might have unfolded hundreds of years ago, pickups, a couple of camper trailers and blue plastic traps hinted at a modern camp. But the camp, sponsored by the American Indian Institu...

Altered grades changed, school begins Oct. 1

PABLO — Grades were changed back to the way they were originally issued by the instructor of record after a several months of investigation into altered grades at Salish Kootenai College. The marks for “13 students had been raised to allow them to enter the nursing program,” according to Sa...

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