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Kitty control: animal shelters to fix kittens, cats for $5

Overwhelmed: that’s how both Life Savers Animal Rescue and Mission Valley Animal Shelter volunteers are feeling with their current over-abundance of furry, four-legged felines. With both shelters now turning away most cats due to a lack of space, the groups are offering a heck of a deal to combat the large population of felines in the Mission Valley. Both Life Savers and Mission Valley Animal Shelter will fix adult cats and kittens for only $5 through Dec. 31. The organizations will cover remaining costs, which can be as much as $70 for a male cat and $90 for a female. We’re overwhelmed with the number of cats and kittens coming in,” Vicki Scheidecker of Life Savers sai...

New organization forms to sustain culture, language

ST. IGNATIUS — When Patty Stevens invited members and supporters of the Salish Institute to her home on a Sunday afternoon; there was only one stipulation: no English. It was the perfect opportunity to blend the different levels of Salish speakers to practice, teach and learn. Instilling and sustain...

Lack of funding delays water project again

ST. IGNATIUS — The majority of last week's St. Ignatius City Council meeting was spent talking about the town’s new water project that includes adding chlorination, a monitoring system and a new well and pipes. The city has been working with Montana’s Great West Engineering, and engineer Fr...

Happiest place on earth

RONAN — The Magic of Disney filled the air Friday and Saturday as hundreds of children and their parents celebrated the life and works of visionary Walt Disney. Ronan Middle School students brought Disney’s classics to life in a musical performance written by Ronan Middle School drama teacher Rit...

Cherry Valley students explore Blackfeet culture

First-graders at Cherry Valley School were detectives as they looked at the sculpture held by Kathy Martin, Director of Education at the Hockaday Museum of Art. Their task: to guess the gender of the statue. After deciding it was a Native American in a dance outfit, the children pointed out the barrette in t...

Monster Mash: Halloween fun run draws ghostly crowd

POLSON — Angels, chickens, ghouls and soccer players all showed up for the annual Monster Mash one mile and 5K run/walk at Linderman School on Oct. 29. More than 290 people were pre-registered, according to Linderman school nurse Milly Nesladek. Results Overall winners for the 5K were Matt Seeley,...

Many hands contribute to community dinner

POLSON — This year 20 20-pound turkeys will be roasted to feed the crowd at the Polson Community Thanksgiving Dinner, according to coordinator Tracy Plaiss. Last year 15 birds fed the diners, but Plaiss said planners want to make sure there is enough food. The dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day...

‘Ton of Fun’ boxes make Halloween special

POLSON — Shoeboxes stacked like giant Legos lined the wall of Suzi and Rick Hill’s garage leading up to Halloween, when each box was filled with goodies. It was a cooperative effort involving several local businesses, starting with Rick spotting empty shoeboxes at Famous Footwear two months ago. ...

Man's best friend: Kane and Hazel head to National Junior Obedience Trials

When Charlo teen Kane Shenyer and his family adopted their first dog, Hazel, more than three years ago, it was soon obvious that Kane and his new English Springer Spaniel had a strong bond. Since then, the two have been working their way up the ranks in dog obedience shows, and now they have been invited to ...

North Dakota oil boom draws local workers

Lake County’s latest unemployment rate is 10.9 percent, according to Todd Erickson, Employment Specialist at the Lake County Job Service. That compares to a national rate of 9.1 percent, Erickson added, but in eastern Montana, unemployment rates dip as low as 3.1 in McCone County and 3.8 percent in Wib...

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