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Blair paints Mission Valley landscape

RONAN — It was an idyllic setting — a weathered fence, falling down in places, an open meadow of yellow flowers ringed with pine trees, a slight breeze, blue skies and temperatures in the 70s. The only noise was the occasional bee loading up on pollen and once in a while a vehicle crunching past on the gravel road.  Mary Blair sat facing southwest, her easel before her and a palette of oil paints in her right hand. Blair was one of the plein air painters participating in the Sandpiper Gallery’s Flathead Reservation Paint Out from June 24 to June 27. According to Blair, the idea of the Paint Out was to take four days to “cover as many canvasses as we can.&r...


Arlee Celebration contests begin today

ARLEE — This year’s Arlee Celebration may be the biggest yet, if the number of inquiries about the event is any indication of how many dancers are planning to attend. “My powwow phone … has been going crazy,” powwow chairman Alec Quequesah said Friday. He’s heard fr...


Local artisan joins Montana Circle of American Masters

RONAN — Eva Boyd learned to make baskets when she was about 10 from her grandmother, Mary Louise Paul. Mrs. Paul lived in Camas Prairie, and Eva remembers her grandmother sitting out by the water making split cedar root baskets.  Now Boyd is a grandmother, even a great-grandmother, with 12 gran...


Museum celebrates Reservation’s history

ARLEE — Fourth of July weekend in Arlee is packed with outdoor activities like the powwow, rodeo, basketball tournament and parades, but the Jocko Valley Museum offers a break from the heat and a look at the area’s rich history. The museum opens July 4 with several exhibits commemorating vario...


Valley Journal announces new editor

Lovell Beaulieu, an award-winning journalist who has worked at some of the nation’s top daily newspapers, has been named editor of the Valley Journal. Beaulieu’s appointment is effective Monday, July 5, 2010. A native of New Orleans, Beaulieu has worked at newspapers such as the Columbus Di...


Defend your home against pesky ants

There’s strength in numbers, and anyone battling an ant problem in his home can testify to the truth of the adage. But with a little planning, a single human can defeat an army of ants.  “The structurally damaging ants are carpenter ants,” MSU’s Lake County Extension Agent Jac...


Do-it-yourself home inspires creativity, recycling

POLSON — When Eva Oruste moved into her 1920s home eight years ago, the backyard was a concrete parking lot and the home hadn’t been redone since the 1970s.  It was an absolute disaster.  The previous owners had been smokers, and the grime that comes with the nicotine addiction li...


Camp focuses on traditional skills

ELMO — No matter your age or interests, last week’s Kootenai Language and Ancestral Skills Camp in Elmo made for a fascinating learning experience. From tiny tots listening to ancient lore to parents and grandparents learning how to fashion bark baskets, the Elmo Community Center was a hub of act...


Stray cat finds home at city hall

RONAN — After being thrown out of the Second Chance Saloon and the Ronan Liquor Store, a stray feline found her home in the most unlikely of places: the Ronan City Hall.  Originally known as Alley, because of her humble beginnings on the street, the new city mascot took shelter in city hall in ...


Plan now for that long, dry season of fire

It’s hard to imagine the threat of wildland fire when rain is pelting you in the face, but there may be no better time.  The start of summer was officially Monday, June 21, but it’s hard to believe when you look up at the green hillsides and snow-capped peaks of the Missions. It’s b...


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