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SKC, family, friends, community honor Joe McDonald

PABLO — Michael “Mickey” O’Donnell had everyone in the audience close their eyes and relax. Then he asked folks to open their eyes and remember what they saw.  “Nothing,” O’Donnell said,” That’s what Salish Kootenai College had, we had nothing — no money, no gym, no administration, no staff, but we had Joe and that was enough.” O’Donnell, a grant writer, was the master of ceremonies for the party honoring Joe McDonald, President of Salish Kootenai College, on June 17 at, fittingly enough, the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center.  McDonald will retire on June 30 from Salish and Kootenai College, whi...


Beloved administrator, teacher retires after 36 years

RONAN — Among the faculty and staff at Ronan Middle School, there’s a universal truth known about Jim Gillhouse: his primary concern is for the well-being, health and of course the education of the kids he teaches and works with.  But after 36 years of dedicated service to Ronan’s y...


Ronan Telephone Company celebrates 50 years

RONAN —The Ronan Telephone Company commemorated 50 years in business on Thursday — not a small feat for a small company in Ronan. In the half-century that RTC has been in business, there have been many changes in the community and the communications business. Jay Preston Jr., the president of ...


Farmers introduced to mobile poultry processing unit

RONAN — Over the last few decades, much of the meat processing industry has been taken out of the hands of the local farmer and become a corporate industry, comprised of feedlots and factory farms.  But this April, local organizations introduced a new tool to give farmers and local poultry rais...


Encampment passes on appreciation for traditional skills

Last week’s Agnes Vanderburg Camp on North Valley Creek Road could have been transplanted from the 19th century except for the cars and pickups. Smoke from campfires veiled the pine trees, and the creek overfilled its banks. A deer carcass hung from a tree limb, and people knapped arrowheads, tanned...


Fight night

The sweet science? The 38 fighters in the Mission Valley Rumble “Smoker” Thursday night didn’t bother to bring any science into the ring with them. There was no feigning, no precise footwork, no bobbing-and-weaving, and the high school fighters certainly didn’t bother to take a rou...


AmeriCorps workers impact Camp Marshall

It isn't unusual for Camp Marshall, located along the east shore of Flathead Lake on Melita Island Road north of Polson, to be bustling with activity during the summer. But, instead of campers hiking, attending chapel and singing around the campfire, Camp Marshall has been home to a group of AmeriCorps Natio...


Mills flies high, fast in U.S. Air Force

POLSON – Memorial Day was celebrated across America on May 31. Originally called Decoration Day, it started around the end of the Civil War and was a day for commemorating the men and women who died while serving in our nation’s service. But Memorial Day may have lost its meaning to some resident...


Veteran remembers Japanese surrender

POLSON — As he was watching the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945, young sailor Jim Sivelle “pecked it out on a typewriter” and sent the letter to his parents in Los Angeles.  Sivelle’s mom recognized the significance of her son’s l...


Can’t bead ‘em? Join ‘em.

Although it’s always a treat to visit the People’s Center, Thursdays are special at the museum. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. interested folks are invited to come to the museum and learn to make moccasins, bead, make cloth dolls or dance outfits.  During most of these Thursdays, a core group of ...


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