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Drive safely this holiday season

POLSON – According to new projections by AAA Travel, more than 116 million motorists are expected to be dashing through the snow to visit family and friends during this holiday season, which means the highways will be jam-packed with travelers.  "4.3 million more Americans will travel this year than last year,” posted AAA Travel Vice President Paula Twidale on the company’s website. “This marks the eighth straight year of new record-high travel volumes for the year-end holidays.” AAA anticipates making more than 853,000 roadside assistance calls across the nation and offers these recommendations to motorists before heading out during this busiest hol...

Daines bill would return Bison Range to CSKT Daines bill would return Bison Range to CSKT

MONTANA – A bill that would settle a longstanding water rights dispute between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and state and federal governments would also return control of the National Bison Range to the tribes.  While the exact language of the bill has not yet been made public, a...

Lights Under the Big Sky’ light up the night in Ronan Lights Under the Big Sky’ light up the night in Ronan

RONAN – For a few weeks this winter the Ronan Fairgrounds will be transformed into a sparkling holiday wonderland. The third annual Lights Under the Big Sky event started Dec. 13 and continues through this weekend - from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 21. Visitors touring the brig...

Pablo garage destroyed in fire Pablo garage destroyed in fire

PABLO – Fire crews from multiple departments responded to a fire that destroyed a garage in Pablo late Tuesday morning, Dec. 10. Ronan Fire Chief Mark Clary said crews were called to the scene of a structure fire on Courville Trail around 11:45 a.m. Clary explained that unfortunately the garage was ...

Donor gives holiday gift of school lunch debt relief Donor gives holiday gift of school lunch debt relief

POLSON – An anonymous donor gave families the gift of one less bill by paying off the lunch debts of all students at Cherry Valley Elementary School. Principal Rhonda Crowl said the donation came from a retired couple who volunteer at the school. This isn’t the first time these community membe...

New law provides dyslexia screening

News from OPI MONTANA – Senate Bill 140 (the Montana Dyslexia Screening and Intervention Act) was signed into law on May 1 of this year after receiving overwhelming bipartisan support from the Montana Legislature. This law describes indicators for dyslexia and requires schools to screen for and pr...

Local hoop shoot winners announced Local hoop shoot winners announced

News from David Rensvold for the Elks Lodge  POLSON – Congratulations to those who won the Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot contest. Winning the Lodge’s contest allows kids to compete at the District Hoop Shoot Contest on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at the Polson High School gym. Registration starts at...

Governor Bullock celebrates adoptions

News from the office of Govenor Steve Bullock HELENA — Governor Steve Bullock joined child welfare advocates and Montana families to celebrate the adoption of two children at the 23rd Annual Celebrate Adoption ceremony. “In celebration of National Adoption Awareness month, we recognize th...

Providence St. Joseph completes helipad replacement project

News from Providence St. Joseph Medical Center  POLSON – Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Polson recently completed a helipad replacement project. The project began on Oct. 7 and ended on Halloween. The project investment was $26,000. The new heated helipad and adjacent sidewalks south o...

DPHHS announces notice to enforce restriction on flavored e-cigarettes DPHHS announces notice to enforce restriction on flavored e-cigarettes

News from DPHHS MONTANA – The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services announced its notice of intent to begin enforcing emergency rules that temporarily restrict the sale of flavored e-cigarette products in Montana. Enforcement of the emergency rules begins on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 20...

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