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Wintry weather doesn’t stop Jingle Bell Joggers

POLSON — The sun broke out for the Jingle Bell Jog on Jan. 8, but temperatures were in the single digits for runners and walkers on the 3.1-mile course. Cold weather, wind and icy puddles didn’t stop the 80 participants who completed the race according to Polson Running Race director Tyana Smith. Racers came from Kalispell, Missoula, Pablo, Polson, Rollins and Ronan. “Some of our participants donated more than the race fee, and we were able to raise $504 that will be donated to Mission Valley Aquatics,” Smith added. First place finishers Jill Clark, 23.24, and Matt Seeley, 18.44, each received a $20 gift certificate from Jackie M’s Footwear. Folks...


Resources up, emergencies down for Arlee Volunteer Fire Department

ARLEE — A lot can happen in a year, and Arlee Fire Chief Ken Light is glad to be counting his blessings after 2010. Last January, the Arlee Volunteer Fire Department moved into a brand new facility that replaced the old building — formerly the town jail — that had housed the department f...


Arlee to show off winter fashion

ARLEE — If you think winter fashion is an oxymoron, the Arlee Community Development Corporation asks you to think again — and to walk the runway at a Winter Chic Fashion Show Sunday at the Hangin’ Art Gallery. The nonprofit group is holding the fashion show, along with a chili cook-off, ...


Trailer fire likely accidental

PABLO — Authorities say a Dec. 26 fire that destroyed a mobile home in Pablo was most likely an accident. While the Lake County Sheriff’s Office still had a few more witnesses to interview as of Thursday, Lt. Mike Sargeant said charges would probably not be filed in the case. Based on evidenc...


Final “Sing Off” competitor has ties to Mission Valley

Mission Valley fans of “The Sing Off” on NBC may have noticed a familiar face recently. Jon McLemore, a former Polson resident who married Mission Valley Christian Academy alum Amanda Burton, competed in NBC's television show "The Sing Off.” "The Sing Off" is a competition for a cape...


Technology, building reserves topics at board meeting

POLSON —A technology levy and a building reserve levy were two main topics discussed at the last monthly meeting of the Polson School Board held Jan. 10. “We’ve been talking about these levies for about a year and a half; we’ve got some decisions to make,” Whitesell said duri...


Salish chief remembers civil rights fight

PABLO — Forty-three years ago, Vic Charlo was a long way from home. And while he wasn’t on foreign soil, he was fighting a battle that still rages on for many in America: a battle for economic and social justice. As a Native American activist in 1968, Charlo knew he had to act when Dr. Martin ...


Cultural Diversity Fair honors Martin Luther King

PABLO — Students from around the valley came to the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center on Wednesday, Jan. 12 for a Cultural Diversity Fair, one of the events Salish Kootenai College hosted to honor Martin Luther King. “The Cultural Diversity Fair is what we do to celebrate Martin Luther Ki...


Bear Don’t Walk wins gold at national conference

ST. IGNATIUS – Seventeen-year-old Rose Bear Don’t Walk was certain the timing of her speech didn’t go well. As soon as she saw the judge signal the one-minute mark, she skipped to the final card of her speech about the importance of the Salish language to the community, her family and herse...


IEDs kill, wound troops in Afghanistan

IED: Those are the three deadliest letters in the alphabet for U.S. and other foreign soldiers serving in Afghanistan. A term coined by the British Army while dealing with the Irish Republican Army in the 1970s, improvised explosive devices are defined as a homemade bomb constructed and deployed in ways o...


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