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HOPE workshop educates, empowers girls

PABLO — At first glance, a roomful of teenage girls looks like an arts and crafts party among close friends. Bright wrapping paper, other colorful scraps of paper and markers cover several long tables as the girls wrap cardboard boxes, letting loose an occasional giggle as they work. But the reason the girls are here is actually quite serious. Over a two-day period, members of the Salish Kootenai College Prevention Task Force are educating teenagers in several areas, including: ethnic and gender pride; anatomy; sexually transmitted diseases and infections; HIV and AIDS; assertiveness and coping skills. It’s all part of the Prevention Task Force’s Native Women HOPE proje...


Bolen cleared of endangerment and assault charges

POLSON — Comfort Trellis Bolen, Sr., 32, was found not guilty of criminal endangerment and not guilty of partner family member assault. The jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on a charge of threats and other improper influence in official and political matters (three verdicts of guilty, nine verd...


Wal-Mart presents $5,000 check to Polson Police

POLSON — The Polson Police Department received a $5,000 check from Polson Wal-Mart on Jan. 20. According to Erin Melugin, Polson Wal-Mart personnel manager, and Cody Grove, Polson Wal-Mart manager, the money came from Wal-Mart associates volunteering 323 hours to make stockings for children. The vol...


Commission approves Mission Bay extension

POLSON — A routine request for an extension of preliminary plat approval for Mission Bay Phase 3 until Jan. 20, 2013, generated a lot of discussion at the Jan. 19 Polson City Commission meeting. Although the project’s preliminary plat approval expired in 2009, the city commission could extend the...


Commissioners choose Mowbray for SD-6 seat

POLSON —Lake County commissioners and their counterparts in Flathead County chose Carmine Mowbray to replace John Brueggeman for SD-6. Brueggeman resigned his state senate seat on Nov. 29, 2010, to pursue a career with corporate giant 3M. In a vote held in the Lake County commissioners' office on Ja...


A call for help

The plan to bill for Motor Vehicle Response drew more fire at the Polson Rural Fire Board meeting Jan. 12 as the Polson Rural Fire District unanimously voted to accept the Bigfork fee schedule for MVR. The schedule reads: Rescue Rate 1, $500, Motor vehicle crash without using rescue tools with less tha...


Public Library dedicated

POLSON — At a ceremony on Jan. 13 celebrating the successful outcome of a lot of hard work, the city of Polson handed over a key to the city to the North County Public Library. Although the name of the library changed from Polson City Library, everything else remained the same. After opening remark...


Wintry weather doesn’t stop Jingle Bell Joggers

POLSON — The sun broke out for the Jingle Bell Jog on Jan. 8, but temperatures were in the single digits for runners and walkers on the 3.1-mile course. Cold weather, wind and icy puddles didn’t stop the 80 participants who completed the race according to Polson Running Race director Tyana Sm...


Resources up, emergencies down for Arlee Volunteer Fire Department

ARLEE — A lot can happen in a year, and Arlee Fire Chief Ken Light is glad to be counting his blessings after 2010. Last January, the Arlee Volunteer Fire Department moved into a brand new facility that replaced the old building — formerly the town jail — that had housed the department f...


Arlee to show off winter fashion

ARLEE — If you think winter fashion is an oxymoron, the Arlee Community Development Corporation asks you to think again — and to walk the runway at a Winter Chic Fashion Show Sunday at the Hangin’ Art Gallery. The nonprofit group is holding the fashion show, along with a chili cook-off, ...


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