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Boys & Girls Club gets $1M donation

LAKE COUNTY – Several things are happening for the the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County including funding for a new building, a new playground, and swimming lessons.  The club recently received a grant for $1 million to use for the construction of a new clubhouse in Polson from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation. “This was a great gift,” said Aric Cooksley, executive director for the club. Cooksley said the building project will cost a total of $6 million. He said the building will be “built from scratch” on 1.8-acres on the corner of 2nd Street W. and 17th Avenue, adjacent to Polson Middle School and Polson H...


Polson police arrest 7 on drug charges in Polson neighborhood Polson police arrest 7 on drug charges in Polson neighborhood

News from Polson Police Sergeant George Simpson POLSON – On the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 31, the Polson Police Department with the help of the Flathead Tribal Police Department conducted a warrant service at 608 2nd Street West.  This search warrant concludes a short-term drug investigation ...


County budget meeting scheduled for Thursday

News from Lake County Commissioners  LAKE COUNTY – The Lake County Commissioners have scheduled time this week for public comment on the Fiscal Year 2019 budget that the Commissioners have tentatively scheduled to adopt on Thursday, September 6. Comments are being taken from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m....


Scholarships offered by VFW

RONAN — Teachers, parents and students, do you know about the scholarship programs offered by the Veterans of Foreign Wars?   Patriot’s Pen is an essay competition for sixth to eighth grade students. This year the theme to write about is “Why I Honor the American Flag.” The fi...


Affordable Housing

News from Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana MONTANA – The lack of affordable housing in Northwest Montana is quickly reaching crisis proportions. Since 2014 average home sales prices have increased as much as 32.7 percent in Eureka (to $304,353) to as little as 8.1 percent in Colum...


Polson Middle School program builds culture of belonging Polson Middle School program builds culture of belonging

By Mary Auld for the  Valley Journal POLSON – Teacher Tessa Hupka stood before a class of eighth graders that seemed to be like any class on the first Friday of the school year: full of students chatting, joking, and rifling papers, but Hupka wasn’t there to teach math or reading. E...


St. Joseph Medical Center receives gift of books St. Joseph Medical Center receives gift of books

 POLSON — Providence St. Joseph Medical Center pediatrician Emily Hall, DO, recently accepted a donation of children’s books from Laura Burrowes, Lake County Representative for the Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana. The books will be given to young children through the hospit...


Lake County Growth Policy undergoes final approval process Lake County Growth Policy undergoes final approval process

LAKE COUNTY – The Lake County Growth Policy was unanimously passed, approved and adopted on Aug. 21 by Lake County Commissioners. The policy states that it will be used as an advisory document for land use, capital improvements planning, infrastructure, and development in the county. “The subj...


Fire Danger remains extreme on Flathead Reservation

RONAN — The Division of Fire officials want to update the public on the Flathead Indian Reservation, that Stage II Fire Restrictions remain necessary. Even though many areas received wetting rains on Monday, associated with the passage of a cold front, the amount and duration of the rain was not enough...


Governor increases number of medication collection boxes

News from the office of the Governor of Montana Steve Bulloc k HELENA — Last week Gov. Bullock announced the State of Montana is utilizing a $730,000 federal grant to help reduce the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs by increasing the number of medication collection boxes at our local pharmaci...


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