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Montana Meth Project launches statewide art contest

RONAN —  Signs displaying the Grim Reaper, cemeteries and the mantra, “Not even once,” have recently crept up along Ronan and Polson streets. The anti-meth signs are part of the Montana Meth Project’s state-wide art competition called Paint the State. Prompting artistically inclined teenagers to paint signs depicting the horrors of the drug, the competition is designed to educate teens and communities about the dangers of meth.  “I think (the Montana Meth Project is) the biggest reason we have seen a decline,” Ronan Police Officer Chad Brown said.  Since 2005, the project has been attempting to rid Montana of meth through the mediu...


Commissioners select contractor for Streetscape

POLSON —The Polson City Commissioners awarded the bid for the Streetscape project to LHC, Inc. at their meeting on July 19 at 7 p.m. The motion is contingent upon final approval for Community Transportation Enhancement Program funds. The Kalispell firm’s bid was $1,602,193.68.  City Engin...


Golf, country music harmonize for local scholars

RONAN — For the 23rd year in a row, Tim Ryan’s Mission Valley Scholarship “Golf Tourney and Writer’s Night” entertained golfers and local families. The event, which donates scholarship money to local students, drew spectators and athletes from all over Montana. After the golf...


Kalispell woman swims length of lake

POLSON — Emily von Jentzen, 27, slipped into the chilly waters of Somers Bay on Flathead Lake early in the morning on July 17. Von Jentzen wasn’t just taking an early morning swim; she was attempting to be the first woman to swim across Flathead Lake. After starting at 4:23 a.m., she reached t...


Cherry festival celebrates summer in the Flathead

POLSON — Pie-eater Daniel Smith was doing fine until he hit the bottom crust that slowed him down. Smith and seven other adults competed to finish half a cherry pie during the pie-eating contest at Polson’s annual Cherry Festival on July 18. Kids also got a chance to show off their pie-eati...


Amid Highway 93 construction, Arlee works to get tourists to stop

ARLEE — Nearly a year after U.S. Highway 93 construction through Arlee slowed traffic and business to a crawl for the summer, business owners say things are picking up — slowly. “So far, we got our head above water,” said Rick Johnson, owner of Rick’s Kustom Kut Deli and Meat...


Honoring and remembering

Teepee poles 65 feet high and flying multicolored ribbons jut into the sky enclosing the new veterans' memorial in the Confederated and Salish Kootenai Tribal Complex. Salish Kootenai College Art Department Head Corwin “Corky” Clairmont was one of the masterminds of the Eagle Circle project, f...


Elmo gears up for Standing Arrow Powwow

ELMO — If it’s the third weekend in July, the Standing Arrow Powwow must be in town.  The population of Elmo will grow by a couple of thousand people for the powwow held on July 16, 17 and 18. This year also will be the inaugural year for the new powwow grounds, all complete except for so...


Camp turns to classroom for future watershed stewards

Watershed camp for kids going into fourth or fifth grade covers water “from the mountains to the sewers,” according to Melissa Bahr, one of the camp directors.  Bahr, a Polson educator who used to teach in St. Ignatius, and Valerie Umphrey, a Mission teacher, have offered the camp for St....


Youthful 95-year-olds show no signs of slowing

It’s not everyday you meet a 95 year-old who still dances, much less one who insists on wearing heels while doing so.  But a classy Ruby Moccabee is intent on wearing heels, even while she gardens at home. She’s almost a century old, has a lifetime of memories and advice and is eager to s...


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