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Programs bring community together to support suicide awareness, prevention Programs bring community together to support suicide awareness, prevention

ARLEE – The first of several dinners developed around suicide awareness began at the Brown Building on Wednesday, March 15. It wasn’t a dinner where people got up and spoke about how to prevent suicide, although information was available in pamphlet form if anyone wanted it. The event was more about people coming together, smiling, talking and having a good time. Each community can take their dinner and conversation in any direction needed. Everyone was invited, including the kids. “We want to bring the community together,” said Mary- Rose Morigeau, suicide prevention and information coordinator for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Health Department....

Ronan home damaged by fire, smoke Ronan home damaged by fire, smoke

RONAN — A home on Canal Road in Ronan went up in smoke on Wednesday, March 15. The white plume of smoke in the tree line looked much like a controlled burn from town. “We were puzzled by that, too,” Fire Chief Mark Clary said. “But it depends on what materials are burning.&rdquo...

Students compete in speech contest

News from the American Legion POLSON — The American Legion District No. 4 advanced Colin Norick of Columbia Falls High School to the Department Level of the American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Contest, according to Vice Commander/Adjutant Glen Sharbono. The contest took place Su...

Canal cleaning, appeal discussed at meeting

ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control heard from the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project manager, talked about a legal appeal, decided to carry insurance on a new employee; and one seat was left empty on the board. The Wednesday, March 15, meeting started out with a report from FIIP Mana...

Commissioners approve mail-in ballot, pending Legislature’s decision

POLSON — In anticipation that the state Legislature may allow counties to have mail-in ballots for the May 25 special election to fill the seat of former U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, the Lake County commissioners last week approved a resolution adopting such a balloting process. The vote was 2-0 with Gale ...

puddle jumpers puddle jumpers

POLSON - Despite the dreary weather, nearly 70 runners came out to get some exercise and support a good cause during the March MeltDown 5K/10K race on Saturday. Due to the rain, the event turnout was a little under the weather. “Last year we had more, but it’s a rainy cold day,” said Lau...

Annual Winterfest raises money for free lunches, dinners served at ‘Soup’s On’ Annual Winterfest raises money for free lunches, dinners served at ‘Soup’s On’

The dinner line wound down and around tables spanning the length of the Polson Elks Club and still the people kept coming. While chilly temperatures outside hovered in the mid 30s, the atmosphere inside was of warmth and camaraderie. Friends and neighbors conversed while they waited in the spaghetti dinne...

Charlo community helps school, designs fun run Charlo community helps school, designs fun run

The Charlo community is pulling together to help the school upgrade the outdoor sports complex, and in an effort to raise a portion of the funds to make it happen, they are holding several races called the Ultimate Viking Challenge – competition is optional. “With budget cuts over the years, t...

Early registration open for Poker Paddle

POLSON — Paddle for clean water in the third annual Poker Paddle Sunday, July 9. Bring your kayak, canoe, paddleboard or other human-propelled watercraft and paddle through the Narrows. Early bird registration is available now through May 31on the Flathead Lakers website: Regula...

Bullock vetoes whistleblower bill

HELENA —Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed HB 202 on March 2. The House of Representatives was out of town on a mid-session break at the time. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Kirk Wagoner, would add protections for public workers who report “matters of public concern” to the legislature. It received ...


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