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New law for an old drug

They're not just names in a registry. They're your neighbors, friends, coworkers and family members. They're medical marijuana patients, and for part four of our series exploring the issues surrounding Montana's medical marijuana program, we've asked three Lake County residents to share how marijuana helps them and affects their lives.    Graham “You’re thrust into cancer, and you’re all alone. Then you’re thrust into treatment, and you’re sick,” Graham said.  And then, just as suddenly, you're thrust into considering use of a drug you've avoided all your life. But now it's not a buddy in college who is telling you to try it. ...


In last week’s Valley Journal, the Charlo-Moiese Fire Hall story incorrectly stated that the Charlo-Moiese Volunteer Fire Department’s district is 25 square miles. The district actually covers a total of 125 square miles.  Tammy Ely’s name was missing from the lineup of the picture ...

Vandals destroy political signs

CHARLO — Three political signs were torched and axed by an unknown party last Sunday evening, leaving political candidates and their neighbors outraged. The signs were on properties in the Charlo and Ninepipe areas. Paul Tryon, a Republican candidate, purchased two of the signs as part of his campai...

Arlee water/sewer district honored with public health award

ARLEE — Clean drinking water is something most Americans take for granted. But when you’ve spent 25 years working on providing your community with good water, as Arlee residents Gary and Connie Wining have, certainly some recognition is due. That’s why the Lake County Board of Health recent...

Firefighters hold candidate forum

POLSON — The Polson Volunteer Fire Department, which serves both city and rural districts, held a forum for candidates seeking two spots on the Polson Rural Fire District board of trustees. Beth Hoel and Alison Meslin are running for a three-year term while Paul Laisy and Stephen Stanley vie for a one-...

Sign language

No garden hats or floral dresses or watercress sandwiches were visible at the Tea Party on the evening of Tax Day, April 15, at Ducharme Park. Irv Milheim counted 61 people who showed up with their handmade signs and lawn chairs to protest taxes on a beautiful spring day. A few more Tea Party supporters m...

Naethe leads Mack Days through 5 weekends of fishing

The record-breaking number of anglers entered in the 2010 Spring Mack Days had to endure rain, snow, sleet and wind last weekend. The 1,037 anglers have turned in 13,577 trout through five weekend. The second-highest total through five weekends.  Pablo teenager Stephen Naethe leads all anglers wit...

Polson welcomes exchange student's family

POLSON —  Pirjo and her husband Veli-Pekka Pihlainen both said their favorite thing about Polson was “the people, I think” with a smile. Visitors from Finland, the Pihlainens and their daughter Kaisu, 12, have been staying near Polson for about 10 days.  Why would Finnish fo...

Superintendent announces OPI plan

RONAN — In a Ronan-Pablo School Board meeting on Monday, superintendent Andy Holmlund announced that the Montana Office of Public Instruction plans to apply for Race to the Top funds.  Tennessee and Delaware have both applied and were awarded with funds that would enable the districts within th...

Missoula, Charlo school bands swap songs

CHARLO — The silky, smooth sound of live jazz filled Charlo School’s gymnasium last Wednesday as Jazz III showed the Charlo Middle School Band a thing or two about performing music. Jazz III is a lively jazz band filled with community members and musicians from the University of Montana. Charl...

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