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Polson dance instructor encourages healthy minds, bodies

Even after a hip replacement surgery, Julia Roberts exudes health. She can’t help it.  It seeps out of her pores and into the life around her, and for Roberts, it’s as effortless as breathing. “For me being healthy is helping other people be happy,” Roberts said.  And perhaps that explains her multiple jobs, all of which help people of all ages be mentally, physically and spiritually healthy. Besides being an addiction specialist at Western Montana Addiction Services, Roberts runs Mission Valley Dance and is the co-founder of Family Matters.  When Roberts moved to Polson from Missoula 14 years ago, creating a dance studio was a given. Sh...

Spice up summer with neighborhood block party

When Community Bank celebrated its centennial this year, it brought back a forgotten, but excellent tradition — the family-friendly, beloved block party.  Reminiscent of days filled with hide-and-seek, music, barbecue and baseball games lit by the fading summer sun, the summer block party is an...

Local man develops unique relationship with Ronan

RONAN — Most days Carl Lind’s cart is full of cans, as he pushes it around downtown Ronan. He stops here and there to talk to locals and to visit businesses, who save their cans for him. “He doesn’t ever know a stranger,” explains Teena Horshor. Horshor is the social servi...

Carcass show last step for 4-H market projects

Last week, 4-H club members washed and brushed and polished their steers, lambs and pigs so they’d look their best in market and showmanship classes and at the market sale.  This week it was time to view the animals in carcass form, since 4-H market animal projects go from the initial weigh-in ...

Putting for Paws provides food, litter for pets

POLSON — “Hopefully this will last a little while,” Lake County Sheriff Lucky Larson said, patting a big sack of dog food. The sack was just one of the 3,601 pounds of dog food, cat food, cat litter, dog biscuits and two ounces of dog brownies donated to the Mission Valley Animal Shelter...

Salish and Kootenai exhibit explores the worlds of human health and healing

Chances are slim to none that a person who is being wheeled down the hospital hallway en route to surgery is thinking about anything other than the surgical equipment that is about to invade his or her body tissues. Is this going to hurt? Did my physician get a good night’s rest? Will I be put under...

Festival blends wine, auctions with scenic view

 POLSON — About 200 wine fanciers enjoyed the beautiful views from the Polson Motorcoach Resort for the 26th annual Soroptimist Wine Festival on Aug. 16.  From 7 to 10 p.m., guests could choose from 36 different wines, fill their plates at the buffet and enjoy KC and the Valley Cats and th...

Grants, donations provide upgrades for Arlee Fire Department

ARLEE — It’s been a good year for the Arlee Volunteer Fire Department. After moving out of a 50-year-old building that was once the town jail to a brand new facility in January, the department has recently added several pieces of new equipment that Chief Ken Light said will improve service to the...

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 Scie...

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 ...

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