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Peer support, increasingly professionalized, helps struggling Montanans reclaim their lives Peer support, increasingly professionalized, helps struggling Montanans reclaim their lives

(This story is part of The Montana Gap project, produced in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network.) There’s some hope around a folding table here, inside this smallish Main Street storefront in Ronan, Montana, at the Never Alone Recovery Center. Outside, it’s a sunny Tuesday evening in this 2,000-person, majority-white town on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Inside, a mixed-race group of men and women, passing around a bowl of candy, shoots the breeze for a few minutes before settling down to business. “I’m an addict,” each says in turn. “I’m an addict,” echoes the group’s leader, Don Roberts — and, he adds, &...


VFW honors local post commander VFW honors local post commander

News from the VFW National Office KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is pleased to announce Ronald Merwin has achieved All-American status as a Post commander.   Merwin, commander of Post 5652 in Ronan, is one of only 198 VFW Post commanders worldwide to earn ...


Understanding ACEs promotes healing Understanding ACEs promotes healing

There’s a problem and we all have the solution. According to The Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University, “When adults have opportunities to build the core skills that are needed to be productive participants in the workforce and to provide stable, responsive environments for the...


Montana newspapers report on mental health

In late 2017, Montana legislators voted to substantially cut funding for mental health care, in response to a budget shortfall. In the wake of the budget cuts, a group of Montana newsrooms, in collaboration with High Country News and the Solutions Journalism Network, explored how communities are preventing t...


Flathead Cherry Festival serves up sweet summer fun Flathead Cherry Festival serves up sweet summer fun

POLSON – In the mood for some fresh cherries or a slice of cherry pie?  The Annual Polson Main Street Flathead Cherry Festival gets underway in downtown Polson from Saturday, July 21 through Sunday, July 22.   This long-time valley favorite will feature all kinds of family-friendly acti...


‘Live History Days’ event links today with yesterday ‘Live History Days’ event links today with yesterday

POLSON — Enjoy the 30th annual “Live History Days” celebration and fundraiser at the Miracle of America Museum, 36094 Memory Lane, on July 21 and 22. There will be all kinds of activities and demonstrations including: music, blacksmithing, a flint knapper, a sawmill, schoolhouse activities,...


Runners get down and muddy Runners get down and muddy

POLSON – What better way to start the weekend than a grueling obstacle challenge and a roll in the mud? That was the plan for many mud runners who sloshed their way through the 5th Annual Polson Mud Run on Saturday morning at the Polson Fairgrounds. The Mud Run has become a popular summer time ri...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran  Spotlight

When asked if he was in the Army or Navy, Rich says, “Yes, and the Air Force, too.  I wasn’t a ‘lifer’ but I put in 20-plus years.” Well, how did all of this happen? Rich was 17 years old, just six months out of high school in Illinois. He figured he would get drafted. H...


Good Old Days starts this week Good Old Days starts this week

ST. IGNATIUS – The 36th Annual Good Old Days Celebration, featuring three days of family events, starts Thursday, July 19. This year, the event kicks off with the first ever tennis tournament for all skill levels. Kimimi Ashley, local tennis expert, is hosting the tournament. Those interested can ca...


38th annual Ksanka Standing Arrow Powwow is this weekend 38th annual Ksanka Standing Arrow Powwow is this weekend

ELMO — The Kootenai Tribe, also known as the Ktunaxa Ksanka Band, welcome all nations and the general public to the 38th annual Ksanka Standing Arrow Powwow at the Elmo Powwow Grounds on Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, July 22. The Ksanka Standing Arrow Powwow is a Native American gathering in view of Fla...


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