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Cyclists follow western part of Lewis and Clark Trail through western Montana

POLSON — The traditional what-I-did-on-my-summer-vacation essay will be easy for Springfield High School students Tyler Arana, Miles Curry, Jason Mahnesmith and Eli Siegle this fall. The four Oregon teenagers and their history teacher James March have been biking the Lewis and Clark Trail since June 22. The trip is approximately 3,254 miles, and began when the young men flew from their homes in Springfield, Ore., to St. Louis, and jumped on their bikes.  They experienced all kinds of weather — rains, floods, hail, even a tornado in South Dakota.  After biking for 35 straight days, the cyclists pulled into Missoula on July 25, averaging anywhere from 70 to 100 ...

These 'birds' can turn into gold

Over the course of the past month, the world has witnessed major sporting events such as the World Cup, Wimbledon and the Tour de France. In Michael Taylor's competitive arena, count the World Shotgun Competition. Taylor, who has a ranch in Winnett, Mont., and lives in Rollins, returned last week from ...

Randomly chosen photographers find peaceful repose in Polson

POLSON —With a retreat in mind, six young women with six cameras arrived in Polson on July 19.  The group of young photographers call themselves Alpha Kappa Camera. Pulled from all over the country, the geographically-improbable friends have more than a few things in common: They’re all f...

Windfall helps Mission Valley Animal Shelter survive

POLSON — The south side of the old building at the Mission Valley Animal Shelter was sinking, apparently since the cinder block structure was built on a landfill. Cracks in the foundation and instability had the Mission Valley Animal Shelter staff and board checking their shrinking donations and modest...

Baertsch, Montgomery share stories at museum

POLSON – “Dad came out in 1905 to Proctor to help build the hotel,” Oscar Baertsch said, starting his narrative about his dad, also named Oscar. Oscar himself was born in 1915.  Ethel McAlear Montgomery said her grandparents, her dad and aunts and uncles came to the Mission Valley i...

4-H youth win in shooting contests

RONAN — Mission Valley youth took aim at ribbons in several air rifle, archery and shotgun contests during the Lake County Fair shooting sports competition Saturday. The air was quiet at the fairgrounds in Ronan as young sharpshooters sighted in their rifles and bows, and it wasn’t long before...

Honoring and remembering

Teepee poles 65 feet high and flying multicolored ribbons jut into the sky enclosing the new veterans' memorial in the Confederated and Salish Kootenai Tribal Complex. Salish Kootenai College Art Department Head Corwin “Corky” Clairmont was one of the masterminds of the Eagle Circle project, f...

Youthful 95-year-olds show no signs of slowing

It’s not everyday you meet a 95 year-old who still dances, much less one who insists on wearing heels while doing so.  But a classy Ruby Moccabee is intent on wearing heels, even while she gardens at home. She’s almost a century old, has a lifetime of memories and advice and is eager to s...

Auction for academics

ST. IGNATIUS — Horse halters, furniture, homemade ice cream, log buildings, bunny rabbits and pretty much everything in between were for sale at the Mission Valley Auction held on Saturday. Usually the auction is held on the second Saturday of July at 13137 Foothills Road. The St. Ignatius Volunteer...

Live History Days slated for July 17, 18

POLSON — Step back in time and visit an authentic soda fountain, take a drive in a Rat Patrol Jeep, ride the train, watch tennis ball cannon and see an ice-cream maker powered by a one-cylinder engine make ice-cream right before your eyes.  All these activities and many more are available at th...

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