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Polar bears, late UM professor featured in FLIC film Polar bears, late UM professor featured in FLIC film

POLSON — Local filmmaker Frank Tyro got emotional while working on “Walking Bear Comes Home.” “There were times I just had to walk away and come back to it,” he said, referring to the 57-minute documentary about the life of his mentor and friend, the late Charles Jonkel, a wildlife biologist and University of Montana environmental studies professor. Much of the film, which was shown Saturday afternoon at Showboat Cinemas as part of the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest, was about Jonkel’s work with polar bears in the Arctic Circle.  Jonkel began his work with polar bears in 1966 in Canada with the Canadian Wildlife Service.  N...


Frenchtown Schools offset mill closure losses by allowing out-of-district students Frenchtown Schools offset mill closure losses by allowing out-of-district students

“The only time you see any sort of gathering of people are school activities and at church,” explained Frenchtown Elementary principal Aaron Griffin. For many in the small rural towns surrounding Missoula, the local schools are truly the emotional center of the community. People rally behind t...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

U.S. Navy—Sub Force Pacific, Sub Force Atlantic In 1960, Ron was barely 18 years old, just out of high school in Jordan, Montana.  Fortunately… or unfortunately… Ron’s father and the guy he worked for were both WWII Navy veterans. The recruiter kept coming around and fina...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

U.S. Navy—Sub Force Pacific, Sub Force Atlantic In 1960, Ron was barely 18 years old, just out of high school in Jordan, Montana.  Fortunately… or unfortunately… Ron’s father and the guy he worked for were both WWII Navy veterans. The recruiter kept coming around and fina...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

U.S. Navy—Sub Force Pacific, Sub Force Atlantic In 1960, Ron was barely 18 years old, just out of high school in Jordan, Montana.  Fortunately… or unfortunately… Ron’s father and the guy he worked for were both WWII Navy veterans. The recruiter kept coming around and fina...


Viable communities need housing options: solving the affordable housing crisis Viable communities need housing options: solving the affordable housing crisis

When fire destroyed two mobile homes in a Boulder trailer court and damaged two others in June 2016, it underscored what the community had known for years: affordable housing was at a premium. Calling the blocks of closely placed pre-1976 mobile homes “a ticking time bomb,” Boulder Fire Chief ...


Social services help people survive the income gap Social services help people survive the income gap

Caroline Roesch is a single mother with three children living near the Mission Mountain Range in Lake County, and for her, social service programs were there to help keep food on the table when she needed the assistance.   Roesch was a teacher in Utah’s public school system for about a decade w...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

If you were a recent high school graduate and you wanted to go to a mechanical school but were a little short of finances, what would you do? That was Neal Bocksnick in 1969 and he opted for his second choice, to get mechanical training through the military. He avoided the draft with a delayed enlistment in ...


Cooperative craft breweries: a new approach to revitalizing small towns Cooperative craft breweries: a new approach to revitalizing small towns

Small. Independent. Traditional. These are the words used to define a craft brewery. They could also be used to describe many rural towns across Montana and the Northwest. As small towns contend with big problems in the wake of ever-increasing urban sprawl, they’re getting creative in their search for...


Greater Polson Community Foundation celebrates 10 years of ‘making a difference’ Greater Polson Community Foundation celebrates 10 years of ‘making a difference’

POLSON — Last week, Penny Jarecki related how the Greater Polson Community Foundation came to be.  It all started by reading a story about a Bigfork couple who donated to create the Bigfork Community Foundation Trust.  “I got the idea, but it wasn’t original,” she said...


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