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Dr. Aron Haire joins Providence emergency department

News from Providence St. Joseph Medical Center POLSON — Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson is proud to announce that Dr. Aron Haire, D.O. has joined the Providence St. Joseph Center staff providing emergency care to the community. “Dr. Haire will be an incredible addition to our staff.  He is an excellent provider and is immediately available for those seeking emergency care,” said Devin Huntley, Chief Operating Officer of Providence St. Joseph Medical Center.   Dr. Haire has spent nearly a decade in study and working in emergency departments and in air ambulances.   “I am excited to help provide care for the dynamic community...

Montana sees strong recovery from COVID-19 recession

News from MT Dept. of Labor and Industry HELENA — Montana’s Department of Labor & Industry released the state’s 2021 Labor Day report, which shows Montana is in the midst of a strong recovery from the 2020 recession and is poised to enjoy robust economic growth in the future. Th...

Leadership Flathead Reservation accepts applicants 

 News from Mission West Community Development Partners FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Applications are now being accepted for Leadership Flathead Reservation, a two-year program that helps participants build strong leadership skills to become involved community leaders. The program, which started in ...

Tourism grant program application cycle opens Aug. 1

News from the Montana Department of Commerce   MONTANA — The Montana Department of Commerce announced the 2022 Tourism Grant cycle opens Aug. 1. Applications can be submitted through Sept. 15. The Tourism Grant Program is funded by the four percent Lodging Facility Use Tax, commonly known a...

Dog grooming business opens in Polson amid pandemic Dog grooming business opens in Polson amid pandemic

Brenda Grogan and Lance Best, owners of The Barking Lot, groom dogs by day and tend their menagerie of critters – including two cattle dogs, two dachshunds (one with puppies), a team of sled dogs, two mares and a foal, a BLM rescue burro, and free-roaming chickens and turkeys – by night.  &n...

Rehab center blazes healing path Rehab center blazes healing path

News from the Arlee Rehabilitation Center ARLEE — The opportunity to use animals for reservation healing hasn’t been widely recognized. A new nonprofit, the Arlee Rehabilitation Center, is blazing a path that it hopes will someday bring this innovative model to reservation communities throug...

Workforce shortage affects county businesses Workforce shortage affects county businesses

Tucked along the roadside on the way to one of of American’s most beloved hiking areas, the Jewel Basin, the Echo Lake Café has been a favorite eatery for locals since 1960.  But going into the busy season this year, the eatery sent out an honest message to customers, warning that the di...

Unique nonprofit music co-op celebrates growth Unique nonprofit music co-op celebrates growth

On any given Saturday night at the Red Poppy in Ronan, you might see the spirited 84-year-old Diane Torres, pounding out some boogie-woogie on the keyboard, while a young headbanger jams on one guitar, a bluegrass player plucks another, and a jazz aficionado strums standup bass.  While it might sound...

The Red Poppy’s new owner continues vision The Red Poppy’s new owner continues vision

  RONAN — The Red Poppy’s new owner, Don Burgess, was born and raised in Missoula, and has deep ties to the Mission Valley. He taught for several years at Two Eagle River School in Pablo and, as a kid, came to his family’s “little duck shack” at the edge of Ninepipe Rese...

Local brew company takes home awards

Valley Journal Glacier Brewing Company was awarded a silver for the Cow in a Coalmine and their Snow Pack Huckleberry seltzer received a bronze award during the Montana Brew Fest held in Great Falls on June 12.   The event was organized as a competition for Montana’s “best beer all i...


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