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UM researchers receive NASA grant to create tools for reforestation UM researchers receive NASA grant to create tools for reforestation

News from University of Montana MISSOULA – As forest managers increasingly see less natural regeneration of low-elevation tree species and increased mortality in planted seedlings, reforestation needs are outpacing the ability of managers to respond. Three University of Montana researchers recently received a $700,000 NASA grant to develop new tools to combat this problem. They will model the likelihood of tree recruitment declines in Western semi-arid forests – an important precursor to the loss of forest ecosystems. “Across the West, land managers are charged with stewarding forests, ensuring they continue to grow and thrive,” said Solomon Dobrowski, a U...

Firewood gathering available by permit at state parks

News from the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks MONTANA – With the arrival of winter weather, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is reminding residents that firewood gathering for personal, non-commercial use is allowed at certain state parks in Region 1, including the Thompson Chain of Lakes bet...

Polson seniors for Dec. 12, 2018

POLSON — My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance … we’ll see about that. Have you had your See’s Candy fix yet? We have an assortment of See’s Candy on hand. Come on in and join our card groups. Patricia Kelly scored 1500 points with her double run in pino...

St. Ignatius Seniors for Dec. 12, 2018

ST. IGNATIUS — What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?... frostbite. Our center is selling raffle tickets for our Christmas basket for $1 each or six for $5.  The drawing will be held on Dec. 21 at our noon meal.  The food pantry is looking for volunteers to work Tuesda...

Birth announcements for Dec. 5, 2018 Birth announcements for Dec. 5, 2018

Annalylah Gardipe RONAN — Annalylah Blue Gardipe was born on Oct. 31, 2018, at St. Luke Community Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and joins sibling Jordan. Parents are Michael Gardipe Jr. and Charlene Conica of Pablo. Paternal grandparent is Jessie Quequesah. Maternal grandparents are Har...

It's official: Totally new kids’ club opens in Ronan It's official:  Totally new kids’ club opens in Ronan

RONAN – The doors opened on the new clubhouse for the Boys and Girls Club of Lake County and the Flathead Reservation on Tuesday, Nov. 27, and the experience was overwhelming for some. One of the club’s board members, Janette Rosman, watched as children walked in the front door of the 19,000 s...

Polson to consider alternative routes for hiring city manager

POLSON — The city of Polson is ready to start the hiring process for a new city manager, but the city will not be contracting with the same recruiting firm they used to hire their last city manager. The commission voted five to one not to contract with the consulting firm Prothman, which led the hir...

Animal shelter director resigns Animal shelter director resigns

POLSON — Mission Valley Animal shelter is operating without the leadership of an executive director. Former director Filip Panusz’ last day at the shelter was Oct. 15. He started working as shelter director in April 2017. Operations manager Steve Reynolds said the team of kennel attendants and...

Polson lights up the night Polson lights up the night

POLSON – The annual Parade of Lights put on a spectacular display. Lights, music and holiday cheer filled downtown Polson on Friday evening. A wintery chill to the air added to the excitement. More than two- dozen brightly illuminated floats and fire trucks inched their way down Main Street past hundre...

Festival of Trees benefits valley youth Festival of Trees benefits valley youth

POLSON – Christmas trees, wreaths and holiday packages were on display at the KwaTaqNuk conference and banquet center this past weekend during the annual Mission Valley Festival of Trees. The festival opened Friday evening with a public viewing, which included a hot coco bar and a special visit from...

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