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Waterways to Appreciation

Wacey McClure, 9, wades knee high into the cool waters flowing through a canal near Swartz Lake. When McClure submerges a long plastic tube called a turbidity tube into the water, pockets of air bubble to the surface, as he makes sure it is filled to the top. This device measures the clarity of the water. Another student looks down the tube to see if they can locate the black and white disc on the bottom. If she can see it, the water is clean. “If the water is really dirty that means death for the fish,” Warren Castor, 10, said. Castor writes this information in his notebook as other students test the dissolved oxygen in the water. McClure, Castor and other Wonders of the ...

Saving a species: CSKT reveals bull trout project

POLSON – Salish, Pend d'Oreille, and Kootenai people thrived for centuries on the rich bounty of Mission Valley’s natural resources. Bull trout, a native species of fish, have traditionally been an important food source for tribal people when other foods were out of season or completely consumed....

Walkers stride to maintain health

RONAN—For Ron Couture, maintaining an active lifestyle is a family affair.  Couture and his four children recently participated in the Flathead diabetes program called “Walking the Rez.” Participants tracked the number of steps they took in a day with a pedometer, then phoned in the...

City celebrates centennial by planting trees

RONAN – Certified arborist Rick Jennison, along with approximately ten community members came together May 7 to plant 100 trees in celebration of Arbor Day, and to recognize Ronan’s Centennial. Volunteers helped plant approximately five different kinds of trees, including fruit trees and evergree...

Community gets active with bike path celebration

PABLO – A persistent cold rain didn’t stop a few hundred community members from the Mission Valley to participate during the third annual bike path celebration on May 7. The event was held along the stretch of the pedestrian pathway along Hwy 93, between Ronan and Polson. Along the way, severa...

Riders seek to saddle up again at Bison Range

MOIESE — It was an event that drew riders from around the world, intrigued by the idea of spending a day on horseback on a range where the buffalo still roam. But organizers of the 57-year-old National Bison Range Trail Ride say they’ve been kicked out of the Bison Range for “bogus” r...

Runners, walkers, strollers and dogs enter March Meltdown

POLSON — Sunshine and blue skies brought out lots of runners, walkers and dogs for Polson Running’s March Meltdown held on March 12 at 10 a.m.  “We had a great turnout thanks to the beautiful weather,” Tyana Smith, race organizer, said. “Hills, sweat and smiles are alway...

Cooperative solutions needed now to save our native fish

Montanans have long cherished native bull trout and westslope cutthroat as important sport fish, cultural symbols, indicators of good water quality, and drivers of our recreation economy. Many Montanans grew up learning how to fish by catching these two species. Future Montana kids deserve the same opportuni...

Turkey Trotters brave cold, snowpacked course

Thanksgiving Day was cold, but 73 runners and walkers showed up for the third annual 5-K Turkey Trot at 9:30 a.m. to work off their Thanksgiving meal before they even ate. Teenagers Jimmy Bjorge and Alex Nystrom finished first and tied at 18 minutes and 52 seconds.  Polson Running, who sponsors the t...

Benson claims Mack Days title

Some guys have all the luck. Though he already had the 2010 Fall Mack Days’ title wrapped up, Hot Springs angler Mike Benson continued to fish through the final weekend and continued to find the fish. Benson hit the 50-fish limit two days to improve his winning 12-day average to 48.75. He was fol...

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