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Victim advocate honored

POLSON — During a visit to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock presented Jenifer Blumberg with a 2010 Crime Advocate of the Year award.  Blumberg is the CSKT grants manager for the Victims Assistance Program and executive director of DOVES. DOVES stands for Domestic Violence Education and Services.    Bullock, as the state’s chief law enforcement agent, said advocates for victims have one of the most difficult jobs in the criminal justice system. “Advocates speak for those who don’t have a voice,” Bullock said. Bullock characterized victim advocates, such as Blumberg, as bright spots around ...


Five county law officials run for sheriff

With the primary elections just around the corner, Lake County Sheriff candidates are working hard to get their messages to the public before the primary elections on June 8.  Arthur (Art) D. Walgren currently serves as the assistant chief of police in the Ronan Police Department. The 46-year-old R...


Women of Rollins hold candidate forum

ROLLINS — Twelve candidates came to talk about the issues at a forum sponsored by the Women of Rollins at the Rollins School on May 6 at 6:30 p.m.  Participants were: Garth Cox, Democrat, and incumbent Janna Taylor, Republican, running for House District 11; Paula Holle, Democrat candidate for ...


Medical marijuana zoning meeting draws small crowd

POLSON — The latest public meeting to solicit public comment on medical marijuana zoning regulations for Polson was held on May 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Even though medical marijuana is a hot topic in Polson, only about 16 community members attended the meeting held on the third floor of the Lake County C...


District employees support negotiators

POLSON — About 40 Polson School District #23 employees, both certified and classified staff, assembled in the Linderman School parking lot from 4 to 6 p.m. on May 7. Teachers and classified staff were there to support the Polson Classified Employees Association.  The PCEA is negotiating with th...


Farmer’s Market opens for the season

POLSON — About 20 vendors made the opening day of the Polson Farmer’s Market a success on May 6. The Farmers Market set up in its new location on 3rd Ave. West between 1st Street W. and Main Street. Goods from artisan breads to purses to jewelry to soap to quilts to plants to pens were for sal...


Ranch Education Days draw new crop of fourth-graders

IRVINE FLATS —  “Does branding hurt?”  “What kind of cow are those red ones?”  “What’s the hawk’s name?”  “Why is that baby cow getting a shot?” These questions are just a sampling of the hundreds of questions s...


Cold weather means hot hooks at Kids Fishing Day

NINEPIPE — Bad weather meant good fishing for the annual Kids Fishing Day held Saturday at Ninepipe Pond. Last year, young anglers enjoyed blue skies and warmth, but only hooked one fish. But Saturday morning, youngsters caught more than 100 fish, although most of the 70 young fishermen and women heade...


Charlo multi-purpose facility completed

After three years of planning, compromise and construction, Charlo School’s multi-purpose facility is finally finished.  Plans for the $1.5 million project began after a fire destroyed the previous gymnasium that was over 50 years old.  Superintendent Paul Jenkins, who wasn’t empl...


Teachers get wild at Bison Range workshop

You learn something new every day, a fact that was certainly true at a discovery workshop for teachers held Friday at the National Bison Range. About 20 Western Montana educators who work with children ages 3-7 attended the Growing Up WILD workshop, where they were introduced to a variety of activities that ...


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