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90 mph winds take out large trees, power lines 90 mph winds take out large trees, power lines

LAKE COUNTY – A winter windstorm blew through the valley on Wednesday, Jan. 13, damaging homes and cars, downing power lines and toppling massive trees. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts across northwestern Montana moving up to over 90 mph during the day. Mild damage included a slew o...


SAFE Harbor launches community stalking awareness campaign

News from SAFE Harbor RONAN — January marks the 17th National Stalking Awareness Month, an annual call to action to recognize and respond to this traumatic and dangerous crime. It is critical to raise the issue of stalking as its own form of violence as well as a crime that frequently predicts and...


CSKT announces emergency National Bison Range regulations CSKT announces emergency National Bison Range regulations

News from CSKT On Dec. 27th, 2020, Congress took the historic action of legislatively restoring the lands of the National Bison Range to federal trust ownership for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, following the signing of the Montana Water Rights Protection Act (Public Law #116-260) and, si...


sports shorts for Jan. 20, 2021 sports shorts for Jan. 20, 2021

Girls Basketball Charlo Lady Vikings Celebrating senior night on Thursday, the Charlo Lady Vikings defeated the Clark Fork Lady Mountain Cats 44-19. Carlee Fryberger led the Lady Vikings with a game-high 15 points. Connor Fryberger scored 14 points. In a district 14C road game Friday, the Lady Vi...


Yoga brings beauty to life

My hope for my students is that they will recall that they know more than they think. The hard part is rolling out their mat and getting on it (no small feat, I can attest to that).  I suggest that people set up a space that can stay prepped for spontaneous yoga, perhaps in a designated room or in a ...


Experts share strategies for handling pandemic isolation Experts share strategies for handling pandemic isolation

Social isolation has as much impact on a person’s health as smoking and alcohol consumption, according to the Centers for Disease Control, but maintaining connections can be difficult during a pandemic.   “Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and...


Lawmakers debate local nicotine-product prohibitions Lawmakers debate local nicotine-product prohibitions

In what opponents say is part of a larger push this session to pass laws favorable to the tobacco industry, legislators discussed a bill proposal that would prevent local governments from regulating nicotine products ingested through devices like electronic cigarettes and vape pens. The proposal, HB 137, ...


COVID-19 treatment, vaccines bring hope COVID-19 treatment, vaccines bring hope

I spent the New Year’s weekend covering for my colleagues at St. Luke Community Healthcare, admitting patients to the hospital. I saw firsthand how we went from a nearly empty COVID-19 unit to filling half the beds. We have a light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine, but it is still important to...


Tips for beating the blues, managing depression

Some people have a difficult time managing their depression. Sometimes, their depression and fears can get the best of them. As a result, here are some techniques that a person can use to help manage their depression. 1. Challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking: whe...


Snow-shoeing, skiing offer healthy ways to enjoy Montana winters Snow-shoeing, skiing offer healthy ways to enjoy Montana winters

Years ago, I decided the only way to make peace with Montana’s long, gray, and often-frigid winters was to get outside and find ways to enjoy them. Since downhill skiing fell by the wayside, I’ve amped up my cross-country skiing. It’s a much cheaper pursuit than its downhill cousin (for the...


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