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Vietnam veteran reflects on service, bronze star 40 years later Vietnam veteran reflects on service, bronze star 40 years later

POLSON — Forty years ago last month, local marine veteran Denny Ray Newby received a Bronze Star and Combat “V” for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War, one of the military’s highest honors. Newby served from 1966 to 1969 and was a member of the first all-Montanan platoon. Per the article written at the time in The Ronan Pioneer, “Vet Wins Bronze Star,” Newby didn’t receive his award for 12 years after his discharge due to a metal shortage.  “I didn’t stick around for it when I got my discharge,” Newby laughed. “I just told them to give it to somebody else.” The text of the award details that on June...


Swimming, exercise classes, more offered at aquatics center Swimming, exercise classes, more offered at aquatics center

“I swim every day the pool is open,” says Mike Case as he takes a breather between laps at the Mission Valley Aquatics and Fitness Center in Polson.  A retiree who recently moved to Polson, Case says swimming is a lifelong passion of his. He became a certified lifeguard at 12 and took swi...


Vaping education lowers teen usage Vaping education lowers teen usage

As e-cigarette use, or vaping, has grown in popularity among Montana’s young, a stream of misinformation has caused some to deviate more than they might have realized.  According to Lake County Public Health, an increase in public awareness, especially in schools, is what’s needed to comb...


Resiliency key to improved mental health Resiliency key to improved mental health

For Sam Ore, a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), mental health and physical health “are part of the same continuum. When our mental health goes, a lot of the time it’s a sign that something’s up physically, that we’re not tending to our whole system.”  Ore, a fifth...


Local woman’s book turned into award winning screenplay Local woman’s book turned into award winning screenplay

KALISPELL — The book “Once in a Lifetime Comes a Man” by local author Grace Larson has won a screenplay award from the LA Independent Women Film Festival and was chosen for the Chicago Indie Film Festival. “I’m so proud of this,” Larson said. “I never expected any...


MT Historical Society offers free admission MT Historical Society offers free admission

News from the Montana Historical Society HELENA — In recognition of American Indian Heritage Day, the Montana Historical Society is offering free admission on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. In 1997, the Montana Legislature passed into law MCA 20-1-306, designating the fourth Friday in September as Americ...


Bears seek food sources with arrival of fall Bears seek food sources with arrival of fall

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks KALISPELL — With the arrival of fall, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff are busy responding to bear conflicts and working with the public to prevent conflicts. To date, most of the reported conflicts in northwest Montana have involved bears ge...


Phil Jackson supports preservation of Flathead Lake Phil Jackson supports preservation of Flathead Lake

Unceasing change was the theme of basketball giant Phil Jackson’s talk to the Flathead Lakers last Friday in Polson. The Montana native, who played as a power forward with the New York Knicks before leading the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers to a combined 11 NBA titles, recounted his long history...


Montana Shakespeare in the Parks on the road again Montana Shakespeare in the Parks on the road again

After a year off, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is bringing the Bard to parks far and wide, including stops in St. Ignatius Aug. 27 and Charlo Aug. 28.  The beloved touring company that’s been delivering free performances of Shakespeare to communities large and small for nearly 50 years took...


Hot summer causes dangerous fire season — with most of August yet to come Hot summer causes dangerous fire season — with most of August yet to come

Firefighters working on the east shore of Flathead Lake thought they had the Boulder 2700 Fire in check as the sun set on Saturday afternoon. The fire started the night before — the cause is unknown but early indications are that it was started by humans — and throughout the day scooper planes hi...


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