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Forbis brings community experience to hospital Forbis brings community experience to hospital

POLSON — After 29 years with Andersen Broadcasting, Rich Forbis was ready for a new challenge.  “Change is always with us and I felt it was time to take on a new adventure,” Forbis said.  That desire for a step into unchartered territory led Forbis to his new position as Community Education and Marketing Coordinator for Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. But a mere three weeks into his position, Forbis has his new digs mapped out well – the goals and motivation he has found at the hospital in Polson are far from unfamiliar. Although “leaving relationships that have been forged over 25 years to building new ones is a big change,” Forb...


Space to roll: Jiu-jitsu studio expands in St. Ignatius Space to roll: Jiu-jitsu studio expands in St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS – Jiu-jitsu students in the Cross Collar Academy can now practice their skills without competing for space with basketballs.  “We’ve got a much bigger space,” instructor Justin Dumontier said. Dumontier moved his jiu-jitsu studio from behind the basketball cour...


Energy prices could lead to boon in tourism, problems for others Energy prices could lead to boon in tourism, problems for others

MISSOULA – Lake County is one of 16 counties in Montana that does not produce conventional energy resources – coal, natural gas or oil — but that doesn’t mean plummeting gas prices won’t have some impact locally.  Economists and experts gathered at the University of Mont...


Business community holiday projects successful

POLSON — An effort to encourage local shopping at Christmastime resulted in more than 700 community members participating in the Polson Business Community holiday promotion, according to Jackie Cripe, co-owner of Jackie M’s Footwear.  The PBC asked shoppers to save their receipts from dow...


Stockgrowers donate hamburger Stockgrowers donate hamburger

When the Montana Foodbank Network backed up to the dock at White’s Wholesale Meats on Jan. 14, Kyle Middlemist, director of the Western Montana Stockgrowers Association, and Jack Stivers, secretary for the WMSA, were ready to help load hamburger.  To help stretch budgets and fill stomachs with ...


Flathead Lake International Cinemafest presents 3rd annual film festival in Polson Flathead Lake International Cinemafest presents 3rd annual film festival in Polson

News from Flathead Lake International Cinemafest Judging is complete and the schedule is set. Now, the public is invited to join emerging and veteran filmmakers at Polson’s third annual Flathead Lake International Cinemafest film festival Friday through Sunday at the Showboat Cinema in Polson. Festi...


First Resort closing   First Resort closing

Berl Tiskus/Valley Journal Jim Duford opened the First Resort in downtown Polson in 1970, and it’s been an anchor in the community since then. The store closed briefly in 1991 and then reopened in 1992 when Jim and daughter Tali Duford-Barron started it up again. Jim retired in 2014.  Now the l...


Local brewery adds Montana grains to produce ‘love in a glass’ Local brewery adds Montana grains to produce ‘love in a glass’

A road trip on the endless highway across Wyoming helped spawn the idea for a brewery. It was near Rock Springs, Wyoming, when Dave Ayers started daydreaming about starting Glacier Brewing Company. He even thought of a couple of beer names, one of which was Golden Grizzy Ale. Chris Ayers, his wife, was as...


Ronan woman to serve on board

News from Montana Health CO-OP HELENA — Treasa Glinnwater of Ronan was recently elected to serve on the first member-wide board of directors for Montana Health CO-OP for the next two years. She joins seven other board members from across Montana. Glinnwater has owned a full-time, private pra...


Red Lion Inn set to open in June Red Lion Inn set to open in June

News from Red Lion Hotels Corporation POLSON — Construction of the Red Lion Ridgewater Inn & Suites in Polson is set to be completed in June, according to Red Lion Hotels Corporation.  The company signed a franchise agreement with Montana developer Management Consultants, Inc., who broke...


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