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Righetti discusses backcountry medicine

POLSON — Dr. Michael Righetti spoke to a packed lobby at St. Joseph Medical Center on Sept. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. about backcountry medicine.  Righetti is a horseman, hiker and backpacker so he understands the need for a lightweight, emergency first aid kit.  For a first aid packing list Righetti suggested: • non-narcotic analgesics • anti-inflammatories • throat lozenges • sunscreen, lip treatment • water disinfectant method • blister care • personal meds • Band-Aids • safety pins • tape • ace bandages • gauze • lights Additional items to include might be staples and a stapler and/or Super Glue for clos...


Emergency responders honor Ann Ross

POLSON — “They don’t make Ann Rosses any more,” Steve Stanley, Director of Lake County Office of Emergency Management said.  Stanley was part of the group honoring Ann Ross for her 20 years as a Red Cross volunteer before a Tribal Emergency Response Committee/Local Emergency P...


Musical family strikes community chord

RONAN — The Pettit family insist they’re ordinary people, but with just one look at their yard, it’s clear that that isn’t the case.  Vegetable and flower gardens fill the grassy area with every flower and vegetable that is able to grow in northwestern Montana. The perfectly-m...


MME introduces telemedicine to treat mentally ill

RONAN — At first, the flat screen television delivering telemedicine to patients served by Mission Mountain Enterprises elicits some unusual reactions.  One patient lifts his shirt to see his belly displayed back to him on the screen. Paranoia sets in for another, and the staff must attempt to ...


Fire lookout enjoys peaceful summer

Perched high on a ridge between the Mission and Jocko Valleys, she raises a pair of military-issue binoculars to her eyes and slowly turns, scanning the hillsides.  “Nothing new to report today,” she says, squinting into the sun. It’s a beautiful late summer day — especiall...


Peaceful gathering promotes harmony

It’s hard to imagine a more peaceful gathering than the one at the Ewam Garden of 1,000 Buddhas Saturday. As the global sounds of the Drum Brothers filled the air, prayer flags fluttered in the breeze and young and old reclined in the grass and danced in the sunshine, it was clear that the sixth annual...


Finishing touches put on Eagle Scout project

POLSON —Instead of dogs frisking, sniffing and jumping in the river at Travis Dolphin Dog Park on Sunday afternoon, a crew of Boy Scout rakers and shovelers were busy building paths.  Clay Frissell, Dylan McCrumb and Jake Raymond, all members of Scout Troop No. 1947, were completing work on the...


Pet dental care often overlooked

POLSON — Most people schedule teeth cleaning for themselves on a fairly regular basis, but the patient getting her teeth cleaned on Aug. 20 was Mika, a nine-year-old German wirehaired pointer mix. Spring McKee, D.V.M. and co-owner of VetCare Montana, cleaned, scraped and examined Mika’s teeth and...


Aerial ballet

"Well, I like to fly and I like farming and I just put the two together,” crop duster Mike Campbell notes. Campbell, who runs Campbell Aviation with his wife Colleen, sits outside a mobile home just off the runway at the Ronan Airport. The trailer that faces east is not home, but it will do for the ...


Rocker sole shoes popular in the Mission Valley

Popular MBT shoes have soles that look like rockers on a rocking chair, thicker in the middle of the sole than regular shoes. Most people recognize the less expensive Skecher’s Shape Up brand even though MBTs were introduced first. Now other athletic brands have started manufacturing similar shoes.&...


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