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Mission Valley Animals Shelter burglarized

POLSON — Late Sept. 5 or early Sept. 6 thieves broke into the Mission Valley Animal Shelter after cutting lines for the telephone, alarm and internet, according to Jill Simpson, director of the shelter. 

The burglars didn’t go into the animal areas, but instead broke the door to Simpson’s office and took a small safe that was inside. According to Simpson, the safe contained checks and cash the community had donated to the animal shelter.

“This was some of our major fundraising for the year,” Simpson said, with monies coming in from a flyer insertion into the Mission Valley Power bill, people renewing memberships and other donations. 

She added that MVAS has alerted all local banks and businesses that might cash checks regarding the stolen checks.

“It’s like stealing the presents from under the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve — pretty despicable,” Simpson said. This was money given to the shelter to help the animals.”

The animal shelter would appreciate people who donated or renewed memberships writing another check to MVAS, Simpson said. 


Beware of bears in cornfields

News from CSKT Wildlife Management Program

The CSKT Wildlife Management Program Staff would like to warn residents, waterfowl and pheasant hunters of widespread black and grizzly bear movement from the base of the Mission Mountains to the Lower Flathead River. Bears are following riparian areas west into the valley as far as the Lower Flathead River in search of decreasing food supplies like hawthorn and fruit. 

Field corn has become an important fall staple for both black and grizzly bears in the Mission Valley and wildlife biologists are seeing extensive use of corn in fields on both sides of Highway 93. Often times bears do not even leave standing corn for dense cover elsewhere during the day, choosing to remain hidden among the corn stalks. 

Residents and hunters should be aware of evidence of bear use and take precautions to avoid surprising a resting bear while on foot. Residents that reside near standing corn should secure attractants like garbage, fruit and birdfeeders to avoid attracting bears into their yards.

Bears knock the corn down and remove the kernels similar to humans.

If you are experiencing bear problems and you would like us to come and help identify and secure attractants, or if you are interested in the electric fence specifications, please feel free to contact Tribal Wildlife Management Program or Tribal Fish and Wildlife Conservation at 406-675-2700 or after hours at 406-675-4700. 


Construction begins on Hwy. 212 curves project

CHARLO – Riverside Contracting intends to begin construction the week of Sept. 21 on the Highway 212 Curves Safety Improvements Project north and south of Charlo. Work the first week will begin at milepost 14.5 and continue south to three other locations at mileposts 13.7, 12.3, & 11.1 over the next two months. The improvements consist of widening of the curves and adding guardrail at specified locations. Crews will be out working with equipment and they appreciate your cooperation and patience. Signing, flagging and traffic control will be provided at these locations during construction. Updates will be provided when changes are anticipated and as necessary.

If you have any questions or comments, a 24-hour hotline has been established for the project at 800-230-9848.

Please drive carefully and obey all traffic signs and flag persons.


Killdeer Artisans’ Guild presents show

News from the Kildeer Artisans’ Guild

ARLEE – Killdeer will present new works from Montana artists, for the fall/winter/holiday show with an opening reception Saturday, Oct. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Hangin’ Art Gallery and Café in Arlee.

This season’s show contains the usual variety of painting, photography, weaving, and ceramics by established and emerging local artists with a strong sense of place with newly featured crafts and small works. Come meet the artists, enjoy the art – and shop for affordable holiday gifts.

Explore this surprising art destination located on Highway 93 North. 

The show will be up on Sept. 21 and will last through January.

Refreshments will be provided – and the Gallery Café will have its usual fine soups, scones, breads, and desserts – all locally-sourced and freshly prepared.

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