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Wild bison herd carving donated to National Bison Range Wild bison herd carving donated to National Bison Range

MOIESE – National Bison Range Project Leader Jeff King said he thought the recently donated piece of artwork was going to be just “a little carving” to display at the visitor’s center. The three-dimensional piece turned out to be almost eight feet long and about two feet high of carved black walnut. “When it arrived our jaws dropped,” said Laura King, refuge program specialist. The carving depicts nine bison compacted together in movement. Laura said the scene reminds her of the free roaming bison herds moving across the prairie when they were about 60 million strong before the 1800s. It sits on a stand under a class case to protect the intricate...


Jette Lake logging project finishing up

JETTE — A 1.2-million- board-feet logging project is finishing up in the Jette Lake area. Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Department of Forestry Division Manager Steve McDonald said the project started a year ago. Only tree thinning and burning of wood debris piles remains to be done....


FJBC credit cards canceled as financial investigation continues FJBC credit cards canceled as financial investigation continues

ST. IGNATIUS – A financial investigation, a new hydrologist and an increase in operation fees were discussed during the May 9 Flathead Joint Board of Control meeting. Chairman Ray Swenson said Lake County Attorney Steve Eschenbacher is continuing to work on the FJBC’s internal investigation in...


Potential effects of SB307 discussed Potential effects of SB307 discussed

POLSON — School boards may receive the authority to raise funds for building maintenance without the approval of voters if SB 307 is signed by the governor. Three area school superintendents discussed the legislation on May 5 at a Pachyderm Club meeting at the Polson Rural Fire District building. ...


Rep. Hertz reflects on state budget, session Rep. Hertz reflects on state budget, session

POLSON – State Rep. Greg Hertz, R-Polson, took time to reflect last week on the recent biennial legislative session, and said he plans to run for speaker of the House if he’s re-elected in 2018. Hertz made the comments before a Pachyderm Club meeting on Friday, May 12. Much of his talk cent...


Summer reading program starts June 12

Summer reading program starts June 12 POLSON – Can you believe our 70 and 80 degree days? It seems like we went from winter straight to summer (with a little spring thrown in too). Well, these summer temperatures have got us thinking about our Family Summer Reading Program that begins June 12 at 10 a.m...


Smith appointed to Board of Realty Regulation

News from the Governor’s Office Mont. Governor Steve Bullock appointed Ric Smith, broker/owner of Century 21 Big Sky in Polson, to the Board of Realty Regulation on May 12. The BRR is responsible for regulating real estate education requirements in Montana pertaining to the licensing and regulation of ...


Deposits rising for special event, street, shelter permits

POLSON — After postponing consideration of new special event fees last month, the Polson City Commission on May 1 unanimously voted to move forward with increases in deposits for special event, street and park shelter permits along with increases in park shelter fees. The commission will consider in...


Land use ethics, value of water taught in outdoor classroom Land use ethics, value of water taught in outdoor classroom

Hundreds of children in fourth and fifth grades from across the Flathead Indian Reservation stepped off their school buses to see the glistening Flathead River on May 9-10 at the Woodcock campsite. The students were invited to an open spot along the river by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to ...


Two RHS seniors awarded scholarships

News from Access Montana RONAN – Ronan High School seniors Jenaya Burns and Rhylee Burland were each selected to receive a $1,000 K. William Harvey Memorial Scholarship for 2017. K. William Harvey was Superintendent of Ronan School District No. 30 from 1968 to 1982. Jay W. Preston Sr., owner of...


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