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Montana Veteran’s Home may see funding drop

News of a proposed drop in funding or even privatization for the Montana Veteran’s Home in Columbia Falls hit Mission Valley veterans hard. The MVH is where veterans in northwest Montana go if they need a nursing home or residential care. Don Lilley, former commander of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 2986 in Polson, said, “Montana Veteran’s Home is a good home. They treat people like people.” Lilley has been contacting state VFW officers and local veterans to inform them of the proposal to cut MVH’s budget. Ronan VFW Post 5652 is also planning to protest. House Bill 2 would cut $847,000 from the MVH’s budget this year and tear a $1.4 milli...


Lake County legislators meet with public

POLSON — Lake County residents crowded the North Lake County Library District meeting room on Feb. 28 to talk to their legislative representatives. Attendees were asked to submit questions on note cards, and then Lake County legislators State Senator Carmine Mowbray, R-Polson, and representatives Ja...


School raises educational interaction with family science night

PABLO – Pablo Elementary hosted family science night on Tuesday. Community members in science related vocations, came and gave demonstrations in their various fields.  Third grade teacher Lorey Jackson and kindergarten teacher Kathy Smith coordinated the event, which was funded through a grant ...


Tester addresses economic recovery at SKC job fair

PABLO – Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., compared his own life working as a farmer in rural Montana to American economic recovery last week. Tester spoke to his audience at the annual Salish Kootenai College Career Fair as he explained the challenges Congress faces in regard to spending cuts. Tester too...


Fun with a purpose: Carnival funds fuel fight for life

RONAN – Families and fun-seekers braved the brutal cold for a good cause Saturday, raising funds at the first-ever Relay for Life carnival at the Ronan Community Center. Smiles and laughter filled the room, as seven teams from Ronan, Charlo, and Polson hosted fun-filled games for carnival-goers to expl...


Volunteers reach goal, come in out of the cold

POLSON — While sleeping out in a teepee in freezing weather might seem like a publicity stunt, there really was a reason — to call attention to a situation many Montanans deal with every night as well as raise money for Soup’s On, a community kitchen housed in the Wander Inn/Journey Be at 1...


Annual career fair offers info, help with interviews

PABLO — About 600 job seekers and students looking for information about various careers attended the Feb. 22 Salish Kootenai College Career/Job Fair. The doors were open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Joe McDonald Health and Wellness Center, and participants could have cookies and coffee before descend...


Unpaid medical bills creating confusion

A growing number of tribal members are being targeted by collection agencies after their insurance failed to pay medical bills, according to Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal health director Kevin Howlett. The tribes issued a release last week attempting to clear up some of the confusion surrounding th...


DeNoble presents scientist’s view of nicotine

POLSON — Brandishing a monkey brain, Victor DeNoble, Ph.D., talked about nicotine addiction at the Spring Juvenile Diabetes Conference held at the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino. DeNoble also spoke at the Johnny Arlee/Vic Charlo Theatre on the Salish Kootenai College on Feb. 21. The brain came from Sar...


Thieves hit Mission General Store

ST. IGNATIUS — Last Thursday seemed like any other winter morning as Mission General Store owner Delbert Bontrager arrived at work just after 7 a.m. Temperatures were frigid, and blowing snow had piled drifts by the building, so Bontrager entered by a different door than usual. When he reached his offi...


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