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Flyer Flyer

About a mile west of Highway 93 off the beaten path, sits one of Lake County’s smallest airfields. But you can’t buy a ticket or even catch a flight.  The airfield, located at the corner of Minesinger Trail and Farm Road, is home to the Mission Valley Model Aviators (MVMA), a group of operators of radio-control model-aircraft who can be found virtually every nice weekend putting their planes through loops, barrel rolls, figure eights and low passes.  Recently, a handful of club members and visiting RC pilots spread their collective wings and took to the skies for an impromptu air show. “I love flying,” said visiting RC pilot Jeran Cookston, of Midd...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Jack Fay’s buddies who had gotten their draft notices told him he was on his way to being next. He didn’t want to dig foxholes for the Army and he liked water and ships, so he talked to a Navy recruiter in Missoula. On Sept. 5, 1961 he officially joined the Navy. Boot camp was 12 weeks in San ...


Chasing the curve: As budgets churn, can Montana get its mentally ill care before they hit crisis? Chasing the curve: As budgets churn, can Montana get its mentally ill care before they hit crisis?

Sarah sat in her Livingston home with the front door locked and her eyes closed, picturing the path to Gallatin Mental Health Center in Bozeman for day treatment. It’s 26 miles, across a pass, with strangers at the end of the trip — too far, for someone who struggled to imagine walking around the...


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 eve...


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...


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