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In this 'camp,' it's the teachers who learn science

BLUE BAY — Making hand drums from deer hide, playing stick game and coaxing a fire out of tinder without matches all sound like fun skills to learn at camp.  But there’s a twist. The campers were adults, K-8 teachers actually. Their camp was a three-day Culture Camp put on by Big Sky Science Partnership and held from Aug. 2 to Aug. 4.  The Salish, Kootenai and Pend d’Oreille tribal communities, as well as folks from Fort Peck, Fort Belknap and Anacortes, Wash., sent 17 Elders and 18 tribal consultants as instructors in cultural competency and activities. The idea was for the 31 elementary science teachers to learn hands-on indigenous science they could inte...

Weaver’s work to benefit Buddha garden

Bonnie Tarses knew from the minute she first heard about the Dalai Lama’s planned visit to Arlee that she had to do something to help prepare for such a momentous occasion. “For some reason, it just resonated so strongly with me,” Tarses said of the phone call she received from a friend ...

Horse show tests 4-Hers’ skills, knowledge

RONAN — After a week of spotlighting sheep, goats, cattle and other farm animals at the Lake County Fair, the horses got their turn Saturday morning. The 4-H Horse Show, held at the fairgrounds in Ronan this year, featured around 20 local competitors. “It went really well,” 4-H horse sup...

4-H a family affair for local youth

RONAN — The Lake County Fair means plenty of hard work and good fun for 4-H participants, but for many, the fair is also synonymous with family. Most local 4-Hers have siblings, parents, aunts and uncles and even grandparents who were involved with 4-H as kids, and some are lucky enough to have olde...

Model T tour visits Miracle of America Museum

POLSON — Nearly one hundred Model T Fords of many vintages wheeled into the Miracle of America Museum last Thursday in Polson on Aug. 5. The Model T’s were part of the Montana Majestic Mountain T Tour, of the Model T Ford Club of America.  Between noon to 1 p.m., Harry Fritsch, who was...

Fair teaches Bick kids life lessons

RONAN — For Claire and Cole Bick, the end of school signifies summer fun, a few chores and the Lake County Fair.  Like many 4-H families, when school gets out in May, it’s non-stop activity for the Bick kids.  There’s a garden to tend to, pigs to feed and rabbits to breed &m...

Fast flyer

When one thinks of the Air Force, one naturally thinks of flying and the skies. The last name of Bird only enhances these images, but Polson native Clay Bird, a Captain in the Montana Air National Guard, has been making a name for himself on the ground. Bird, 33, was recently selected to the All-Guard Mar...

Bagnell and Brown

On the afternoon before the market steer show at the Lake County Fair, the wash rack behind the livestock barns was a popular place. Steers needed to be cleaned up and fitted so they’d look their best.   Lexi Bagnell, Saddle Mountain 4-H Club, and her cousin Deondra Brown, Ninepipe Explorers 4-...

‘Road Toad’ visits Cruisen By the Bay

POLSON — The Road Toad is a hot rod built on a 1927 Model T Ford. Owner J.R. Lang from Dunnellon, Fla., drove the Toad and its attached trailer to Montana.  He’s driven the Toad up here four times since it was completed in 2002; the unique vehicle has 60,000 miles on it, so it’s not...

Rare Mercedes belongs to local man

POLSON — The Mobil gas pump read 38 cents per gallon, and a gleaming burgundy 1952 Mercedes Benz Cabriole was pulled up to refuel. The gas pump, the vintage lights flanking it and the car all belonged to Ron Olsen. Olsen was exhibiting his car at Cruisen By the Bay Car Show held on Aug. 8, 9 and 10....

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