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Art scholarships offered to local students

POLSON — Lake County students preparing for a career in art are again invited to apply to the Sandpiper Gallery for scholarship support. Each year, the Sandpiper Gallery, an all-volunteer and nonprofit organization that promotes art appreciation and endeavor, awards up to $1,000 to Lake County residents. Those eligible for this scholarship are high school seniors who will enroll in an art program or a student who is now enrolled in an accredited art studies program at a university, college or specialized art school. Applicants need not be enrolled in a program in Montana. Applicants are judged on ability, a serious intent to pursue a career in art and a need for scholarship supp...


Gun debate heats up as weapon sales skyrocket Gun debate heats up as weapon sales skyrocket

After the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and six adults dead at the hands of gunman Adam Lanza, Washington D.C. politicians from both sides of the aisle and President Obama pledged action in the form of new, stricter gun legislation.  Gun stores in every corner o...


State legislature considers marijuana DUI bill State legislature considers marijuana DUI bill

HELENA — Montana legislators are considering a bill that would create a legal driving limit of 5 nanograms of THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) per milliliter of blood for recreational drug users.  As recreational use of marijuana is still illegal, this law will effectively create a lega...


FLIC films fill local theater FLIC films fill local theater

POLSON — Film fans crowded the Showboat Cinema for three days of the inaugural Flathead Lake International Cinemafest Feb. 1 -3.  FLIC kicked off with a champagne soiree at the KwaTakNuq Resort on Feb. 1. Attendees were asked to dress as their favorite movie star or character, so Groucho Marx, ...


Arcing insulator causes power outage

  A 10-minute loss of electricity on Jan. 30 was caused by a bad insulator at Kerr Dam, according to Kerry Wiedrich, engineering manager at Mission Valley Power.  The blackout reached the west and east shores of Flathead Lake, going south clear to Charlo, including Polson, Pablo, and Ronan bu...


Polson man jailed on multiple charges

POLSON — Polson Police officers responded to Cherry Hill Apartment on a report of a disorderly male on Jan. 23. Brandon Ferguson, 19, allegedly was breaking bottles, yelling profanities and removing his clothing.  When officers arrived, Ferguson assumed a fighting stance and challenged the offi...


Beware of rental scam

POLSON — Polson Police would like to warn the public about a rental scam that’s been attempted in the Polson area. In one variation, a suspect will locate a house for rent either by the owner or rental agency on the Internet. The suspect will then advertise the rental on his or her own, posing...


Museum celebrates success at annual dinner Museum celebrates success at annual dinner

NINEPIPE — Blackfoot Telecommunications Group CEO William Squires was on hand at the fundraising event for the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana on Thursday, Jan. 19. He presented the museum’s founder, Bud Cheff Jr., and the museum’s board chairman, Rod Wamsley, with a check for $3,000 from...


Commissioners to vote on new Ronan library district

RONAN — During the Jan. 30 Ronan City Council meeting, librarian Jolaina Cramer confirmed the Lake County Commissioners would hold a public hearing to decide whether or not to move forward with the creation of a new library district in Ronan.  The City of Ronan was forced to cut library funding...


Providence St. Joseph goes high-tech Providence St. Joseph goes high-tech

POLSON — “We’re in the 21st century, and we’re still scribing on paper,” said Chief Executive Officer James Kiser of Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. “The time has come.”  Kiser was describing St. Joe’s changeover from paper charts to electronic re...


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