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SKC volunteers work around valley

POLSON — The animals at the Mission Valley Animal Shelter got a special treat on Friday — more people who came to play. Puppies were getting snuggled and held, kittens and cats were batting at fingers poked in cages. Faculty and staff, both full time and part time, from Salish Kootenai College were working at the animal shelter on their annual community service day. SKC schedules a community service day into its yearly schedule, and both faculty and students work at various sites around the valley, “Arlee to Elmo or anyplace in between.” Some local sites with volunteer crews were Ronan cemetery, the Boys and Girls Club, the old Arlee cemetery and river cleanup. ...


Polson Rural Fire District welcomes new trustees

POLSON — Newly sworn in trustees Beth Hoel and Steve Stanley jumped right into action at the Polson Rural Fire District meeting on May 12 at 7 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Fire Station.  The slate of officers elected were Fred Nelson, chair, Jack Clapp, vice chair, and Beth Hoel, secretary/treasurer...


Conference on aging brings speakers to town

POLSON — The 42nd Governor’s Conference on Aging drew senior citizens from around the area on May 10 and 11. The Western Montana Area VI Agency on Aging hosted the event at the KwaTaqNuk Best Western. According to Director Duane Lutke, 186 people registered for the first day and 160 the second...


Ronan library benefits from local art show

RONAN — On Saturday night three local artists joined forces to showcase their latest creations and fundraise for the Ronan City Library. The second annual Starving Artists Show was held at Willard’s in Ronan and displayed drawings by Tim Piedalue, paintings by Julie Moore and photography by Cr...


Commissioners approve trail plans

POLSON — The Polson City Commission Chamber was chock full of Boy Scouts and Scoutmasters at the 7 p.m. meeting on May 17. The Boy Scouts were lending support to fellow Scout Clay Frissell when he asked the commissioners for permission to develop trails at Travis Dolphin Dog Park. These trails will be ...


Foster care clothes room seeks new location

Being uprooted from home is never easy, and it’s especially difficult for children who enter the foster care system. Nothing is familiar, and often children don’t have many belongings of their own, leaving their foster families with the burden of providing clothing and other necessities. &ldqu...


City, County receive recycling grants

POLSON — It’s going to be easier to recycle in Polson soon. Polson Parks Director Karen Sargeant and Lake County Solid Waste District Program Manager Mark Nelson held a joint press conference to announce recycling grants.  The city of Polson received about $24,000 from the Recycling Infra...


Health fair promotes prevention

PABLO — Health, prevention and free goodies were all the rage at this year’s Women For Wellness Health Fair.  For the second year in a row Salish Kootenai College Prevention Task Force hosted the educational event that was designed to provide information, free screenings and a little bit ...


Kids learn to honor river, nature in outdoor event

MOIESE — A time-honored tradition once again brought hundreds of children into a closer connection with the natural world last week. The annual River Honoring was held May 10-12 at the traditional site near Moiese.  Following an opening ceremony and community barbecue Monday evening, fourth- an...


Science fair proves fun, enlightening experience

RONAN — An array of science experiments turned out to be an academic treat for the students at K. William Harvey on Friday afternoon.  The delightful science fair boasted 22 fifth-grade students, who displayed their diverse experiments in the gymnasium of the school. The class invited other stu...


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