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Native Lands and Wilderness Council gathers at SKC Native Lands and Wilderness Council gathers at SKC

PABLO — Wilderness lands, national parks and roadless areas occupy a fraction of our modern world. It can be easy to forget what the land looked like before modern civilization, what the animals, trees, rivers and streams once were and what they once meant — and still mean — to the indigenous people who call these places home. While relatively small in comparison to the vast expanses they once were, these lands offer a unique opportunity to view nature and natural processes in their true state and habitat. For people who’ve lived off of the land and in harmony with the land, they can mean much more.  Works projects coordinator for the Confederated Salish a...


Swimmer hit, killed by boat

POLSON — A man in town for a relative’s funeral was struck and killed by a power boat while swimming in Skidoo Bay, northeast of Polson, at about 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7. John G. Darrah, 45, Cambridge, Mass., was swimming approximately 300 feet from shore, according to witnesses, when the...

Local charged with 10th DUI

POLSON — A 67-year-old Polson-area resident with nine DUI convictions under his belt was charged with a 10th last week in Lake County District Court. Gerald Johnson, an employee of the Jolly Pack Rat secondhand store, whose driver’s license bears an Oldtown, Idaho, address, pleaded not guilty to ...

Water rights meetings heat up Water rights meetings heat up

POLSON — With a public meeting on Sept. 4 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. and a negotiating session on Sept. 5 at 9 a.m., water rights were on the front burner at the KwaTuqNuk Resort and Casino last week.  At the evening public meeting, Wade Irion, a professional engineer with DOWL HKM, a regional engine...

Ronan VFW finds shelter for homeless veteran

RONAN — Johnney Reynolds is a Vietnam War veteran from the Flathead Reservation area. He is also homeless.  “(The homeless veterans) are the hardest,” said Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5652 service officer Bert Todd. “There’s always a reason why they’re homeless. ...

Garden of 1,000 Buddhas celebrates 8th annual peace festival Garden of 1,000 Buddhas celebrates 8th annual peace festival

JOCKO VALLEY — Eleven years ago, Tibetan Buddhist Lama Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche had a vision of creating an international place of peace. A place accepting of every political, religious, economic and cultural ideal where every sentient being is welcome; a place of harmony and acceptance. In J...

Pitts to rope in Vegas Pitts to rope in Vegas

POLSON — The weather was beautiful for the regional finals of the United Indian Rodeo Association held at Polson Fairgrounds on Sept. 8 and 9. Local calf roper Zanen Pitts advanced to the finals in Las Vegas, Nev. with a 15.2 run at Sunday’s rodeo. Although he competed in the bulldogging in co...

Polson farmer raises giant pumpkins with tender loving care Polson farmer raises giant pumpkins with tender loving care

Fall is a time of plenty. With the change in seasons comes a change in the weather, the leaves, the food, the sky, the recreation and often, the clothing.  Farmers begin to harvest their crops; the days get shorter and colder; and bonfires with friends become a welcome distraction. For the past fo...

Eleven-year-old girl saves father’s life Eleven-year-old girl saves father’s life

POLSON — Shawn Blixt lost consciousness in Flathead Lake Aug. 3.  He’d stopped breathing, was unresponsive, and according to his 11-year-old daughter Kyla, “he was a deeper purple than I’d ever seen.” According to Shawn, he’d just picked up his daughter and her ...

Hiker dies at Garden Wall

ST. IGNATIUS — A 71-year-old hiker fell 300 feet from the Garden Wall at Mission Dam Reservoir Recreation area and was killed at about 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1.  The man, an experienced hiker, and family members were about two and a half hours into the hike when he fell. Lake County Search a...

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