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Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

When Larry Raffatto got his draft notice, he had about 10-14 days to exercise an option to enlist rather than be drafted. He didn’t want to go to the Army. He went to see the Navy recruiter in Missoula, but their quota was full. He went down the hall to the Air Force recruiter and got the same story. “Oh, well,” he thought as he left, “I’ll just get drafted.” Just then the Air Force recruiter chased him down the hall and said one more opening was available. He signed up and was sworn in at Butte, Dec. 7, 1951, – the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It took Larry Raffatto six days by train to get to boot camp in Lackland, Texas, for basi...


SKC marks 40th anniversary by honoring founders SKC marks 40th anniversary by honoring founders

CORWIN (CORKY) CLAIRMONT “Art provides a powerful connection to our culture and gives us a way to share it with the world.” Corwin “Corky” Clairmont is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Clairmont was born in Saint Ignatius, and currently resi...


Local partnership helps stock Montana food pantries Local partnership helps stock Montana food pantries

RONAN – Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center processed donated butternut squash that was distributed through the Montana Food Bank Network to food banks and pantries throughout Montana. Karl Sutton of Fresh Roots Farm in Polson had a seed contract for Lower Salmon Valley Squash, which is native t...


Community gathers to support local parents, special-needs baby Community gathers to support local parents, special-needs baby

POLSON — Six-month-old Emmett Cross isn’t like regular babies, his mother said, but that hasn’t stopped her from loving him. Kara Cross, 26, gave birth to her son on May 8. He was delivered via Caesarean section. Emmett has been diagnosed with Walker Warburg syndrome, the most severe ...


Veteran Spotlight - Eugene Leafty Veteran Spotlight - Eugene Leafty

Eugene Leafty February 25, 1934 Korea: Chief Radioman, E-7 U.S. Navy Even as a sophomore in high school, Eugene Leafty thought he needed to be part of what was going on in Korea. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on July 17, 1951. Eugene lived in Durango, Colorado at that time and was sent to 16 weeks of boot cam...


Polson’s library director to retire in Jan. from 30-year career Polson’s library director to retire in Jan. from 30-year career

POLSON — After 30 years, Marilyn Trosper is calling it quits, but not without a lot of fond memories. Trosper, who began working at Polson’s library in November 1987, has been its director for 28 ½ years. Her last day will be Jan. 5, 2018. An Idaho Falls native, Trosper recalled fond...


Marking the past Marking the past

POLSON — The Hershman Rock is an enigma to area history enthusiasts. The rock, which is located in the Jette area and supposedly designates the burial place for someone who died in 1717, has been known of by various locals since a story was written about it on July 6, 1970 in the now-defunct Flathea...


Glacier artist-in-residence applications available

News from Glacier National Park WEST GLACIER – Artists are encouraged to apply for the 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program at Glacier National Park.  The Glacier National Park Artist-in-Residence program offers professional artists focused time to creatively explore the natural and cultural r...


holiday calendar

Wednesday, Nov. 8 ‘Sparkle On’ at the library   POLSON — “Sparkle On,” an adult coloring program, will be held at North Lake County Public Library in Polson on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 2:30 p.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. The theme of this pre-holiday program is “al...


Home for the Holidays

RONAN – After a year of planning, a new family-friendly winter event will soon kick off for the Mission Valley.  The inaugural “Lights Under the Big Sky” event will be held the first three weekends in December at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Ronan. Christmas lights displays, live ...


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