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Rain, cooler weather dampens Blue Bay, Liberty fires Rain, cooler weather dampens Blue Bay, Liberty fires

The Blue Bay 1 and 2 fires that broke out on Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal land on Thursday, Aug. 10, were dampened by rain, cooler weather and cloud cover on Sunday.  Lightning is the suspected cause of the fires which are burning in the Mission Mountains east of Blue Bay. Brent Burland, chief of the Finley Point/Yellow Bay Fire Department, said there was not as much fire activity on Sunday. As of Monday morning, Blue Bay 1 fire was at 50 acres and firefighters had established a line around it. Blue Bay 2 fire was at less than an acre and was under control, he said.  Forty-five crew members were on site fighting the fires, including from CSKT and Oklahoma. ...


Anderson Broadcasting pulls off Polson’s first Aber Day Reunion Anderson Broadcasting pulls off Polson’s first Aber Day Reunion

POLSON — Hundreds of screaming fans gathered around the stage with empty water bottles, plastic cups and beer cans gathered around their feet to listen to the Mission Mountain Wood Band play. Mick Holien, former voice of the Griz, even counted at one time 44 boats out in the water behind the stage.&nbs...


Father, son share stage at Aber Day Reunion Father, son share stage at Aber Day Reunion

POLSON – Sam Riddle grew up in New York City, but Montana is in his blood.  Riddle, who performed with his father Steve at last Saturday’s Aber Day Reunion concert at the Regatta Shoreline Amphitheater, was born in Missoula but spent the first 13 years of his life in New York.  Th...


Local schools affected by MHSA reclassification Local schools affected by MHSA reclassification

As prep athletes from around the Mission Valley make their way back into the gym and out on the field, they will notice a slight change in their upcoming scheduled opponents.  Back in November during an executive board meeting, the Montana High School Association (MHSA) approved a new set of enrollme...


Risky teen behavior report indicates some positive trends, increased mental health issues Risky teen behavior report indicates some positive trends, increased mental health issues

Submission from the Montana Office of Public Instruction HELENA—The Montana high school results from the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey have been released today by the Montana Office of Public Instruction and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The biennial survey, conducted in F...


Governor Bullock announces preschool opportunities in Montana communities Governor Bullock announces preschool opportunities in Montana communities

MONTANA – After securing the first-ever state investment in publicly funded preschool, Governor Steve Bullock recently announced the STARS Preschool grantees and highlighted the importance of this investment for Montana families during an event at the Head Start in Billings. “More Montana kids w...


County approves rezoning for Gray’s Acres area County approves rezoning for Gray’s Acres area

POLSON – Some residents of Gray’s Acres were pleased following a decision by the Lake County commissioners last week. Ben Anciaux, who lives in the neighborhood affected by the change, filed an application on April 7 to rezone from medium to low-density residential the area between Eleventh an...


Rotary chili cook off raises $27K for kids Rotary chili cook off raises $27K for kids

POLSON – Lots of folks were chillin’ on Saturday at Riverside Park. So much so that the Rotary Club of Polson’s 11th annual Festival of Youth Chili Cook Off raised a record $27,000.  For $3, a person could sample each of 13 chilies that were prepared by various local organizations.&...


Tribes announce change in emergency watercraft restrictions

News from CSKT Natural Resources The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council took action on Tuesday, Aug. 8 to allow watercraft with electric trolling motors on some Flathead Reservation water bodies. “Tribal scientists and managers are working with Flathead Basin Commission, State of M...


Finley Point home lost to fire Finley Point home lost to fire

FINLEY POINT – A two-story house was consumed by fire on Aug. 9.  Finley Point/Yellow Bay Fire Department Chief Brent Burland said a call came in at 9:18 p.m. about a fire on Finley Point Lane.  When firefighters arrived, the home was fully engulfed and nearby brush and trees were on fi...


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