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Smokejumpers drop down on local field Smokejumpers drop down on local field

RONAN – Thousands of feet above an open field a group of anxious firefighters sat in a Twin Otter aircraft waiting for their turn to jump. Missoula Smokejumpers were training the rookies. “This is their first jump,” said Kurt Rohrbach, veteran smokejumper, as he stood on the ground last Wednesday looking up at the plane. The DH-6 series Twin Otter circled above the field then headed toward the Mission Mountains to test the wind. After a low pass across the field, a set of streamers was dropped down to find out which way the air was moving. “Today the wind is minimal,” he said. “It’s a good day to jump.” Smokejumpers have utilized this...


Wild bison herd carving donated to National Bison Range Wild bison herd carving donated to National Bison Range

MOIESE – National Bison Range Project Leader Jeff King said he thought the recently donated piece of artwork was going to be just “a little carving” to display at the visitor’s center. The three-dimensional piece turned out to be almost eight feet long and about two feet high of ca...


Jette Lake logging project finishing up

JETTE — A 1.2-million- board-feet logging project is finishing up in the Jette Lake area. Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Department of Forestry Division Manager Steve McDonald said the project started a year ago. Only tree thinning and burning of wood debris piles remains to be done....


FJBC credit cards canceled as financial investigation continues FJBC credit cards canceled as financial investigation continues

ST. IGNATIUS – A financial investigation, a new hydrologist and an increase in operation fees were discussed during the May 9 Flathead Joint Board of Control meeting. Chairman Ray Swenson said Lake County Attorney Steve Eschenbacher is continuing to work on the FJBC’s internal investigation in...


Potential effects of SB307 discussed Potential effects of SB307 discussed

POLSON — School boards may receive the authority to raise funds for building maintenance without the approval of voters if SB 307 is signed by the governor. Three area school superintendents discussed the legislation on May 5 at a Pachyderm Club meeting at the Polson Rural Fire District building. ...


Arneson featured at artist at Sandpiper Gallery Arneson featured at artist at Sandpiper Gallery

 POLSON — Susan Arneson, one of five featured artists, will show her watercolor art in the gallery show, “Montana, West of the Mountains,” which is open to the public from May 15- June 23. On Friday, May 19, the Sandpiper Gallery will hold an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. The evening...


Arneson featured at artist at Sandpiper Gallery Arneson featured at artist at Sandpiper Gallery

 POLSON — Susan Arneson, one of five featured artists, will show her watercolor art in the gallery show, “Montana, West of the Mountains,” which is open to the public from May 15- June 23. On Friday, May 19, the Sandpiper Gallery will hold an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. The evening...


Rep. Hertz reflects on state budget, session Rep. Hertz reflects on state budget, session

POLSON – State Rep. Greg Hertz, R-Polson, took time to reflect last week on the recent biennial legislative session, and said he plans to run for speaker of the House if he’s re-elected in 2018. Hertz made the comments before a Pachyderm Club meeting on Friday, May 12. Much of his talk cent...


briefs for May 17, 2017

Anti-trafficking activist to speak POLSON – Those of us living in western Montana may think our communities are far removed from the problems of sex trafficking. Grace Manchala, featured speaker at the Friday, May 26 meeting of the Lake County Pachyderm Club, will prove this is not the case. She h...


Summer reading program starts June 12

Summer reading program starts June 12 POLSON – Can you believe our 70 and 80 degree days? It seems like we went from winter straight to summer (with a little spring thrown in too). Well, these summer temperatures have got us thinking about our Family Summer Reading Program that begins June 12 at 10 a.m...


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