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Family fun night features Santa Claus, crafts

POLSON — Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus were in the art room at Cherry Valley School, and a line of children snaked out into the hall waiting to whisper Christmas wishes to the jolly old elf . During her turn, Ashley Maki asked for a Rudolph stuffed animal with a nose that lights up. Torrin Ellis, 6, requested Griz wear; his brother Ruger, 4, wanted a race car and sister Berkley, 8, asked for the movie “Super 8” and for her aunt to come for Christmas. Kindergartner Colegene Whitworth stood in line and planned to ask for an Xbox 360. The kids were at Cherry Valley for the holiday family fun night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 16. In the gym, students, siblings, parents, ...


Polson wins $100,000 planning grant

Polson is one of five communities selected by The Orton Family Foundation for the second phase of its $10-million, five-year Heart and Soul Community Planning initiative to change the way small cities and towns engage their citizens and plan for the future. “This is a marvelous Christmas gift for ou...


Polson School Board's marathon meetings continue

POLSON — The latest in a series of long meetings for the Polson School Board of Trustees went from approximately 5:45 to 10 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Linderman library, moved from the district conference room because of the crowd. Chair Caryl Cox began the meeting with a statement about behavior. &ldqu...


Dayton student wins card decorating contest

PABLO —Rhiley Big Beaver, a fifth-grader at Dayton Elementary, won the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes’ annual holiday card-decorating contest. This year’s contest featured the creations of students from smaller schools in the area. Penny Kipp, department head of tribal education...


Christmas exchange spreads holiday cheer

POLSON – Two-year-old Allyson Lamphere contently tried on a pair of shoes while another group of young girls scrambled through a waist-high pile of stuffed animals during the third annual Great Christmas Exchange at Linderman Elementary on Dec. 10. Attendees could pick out as many items as they want fo...


Chief of Police John Parker resigns

ST. IGNATIUS — The town is once again looking for another Chief of Police after John Parker resigned during the city council meeting on Dec. 6. Parker’s last day was Dec. 9, and Mayor Charles Gariepy appointed officer Aaron Frank to serve as acting chief. Frank’s been with the department si...


Community members weigh in on allegations of police corruption

In the past few weeks, law enforcement in Lake County has been the subject of extensive media coverage regarding allegations of corruption in several local agencies, mainly the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The alleged misconduct spans from accusations of poaching by Sheriff’s deputies and Tribal...


Leaps and bounds

MISSOULA — Boys and girls line the floors of the Ballet Arts Academy, their backs against the mirrored wall, sitting with their legs extended. A young woman stands center stage, her pink tiptoes making a soft thud with each jump, hands elegantly placed above her head. Elaina Baldwin, 6, watches with...


Master Gardener course starting

What is an MSU Lake County Master Gardener, and how do I become a Master Gardener? Originally, the Master Gardener program was started by the Washington State Cooperative Extension Service in 1972. Developing out of a need to meet an enormous increase in requests from home gardeners for horticulture informat...


Help ‘Share the Spirit’ of Christmas

Gifts purchased for Share the Spirit Holiday Assistance program need to be returned by Thursday, Dec. 15, to a tree location or taken to STS Santa Headquarters in the former DRS building on South Hills at the top of Polson Hill. Tags for children ages 12 and under are hanging on Christmas trees located in...


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