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Tribal substance abuse specialists attend training in Pablo

PABLO – Native American drug and alcohol specialists from more than seven different tribes throughout the state came together this past week at Two Eagle River school to learn about research-based methods for substance abuse prevention. The purpose of the workshop was to educate tribal community leaders to return to their homes to increase drug safety and awareness. The program was funded through the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPFSIG), the purpose of which is to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse-related problems, and to build prevention capacity and infrastructure at state and community levels. Community leaders learned va...


Arlee responds and prepares for flooding

ARLEE — Kathy and Pat Clarkin knew all winter that flooding was going to be an issue in the spring. They had kept in contact with Tim Orr, supervisor of the Jocko division of the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project, who told them the area had seen record snowfall and moisture was extremely high. The ...


Food for thought

RONAN — Hundreds of food anthropologists and food and nutrition academics from all over the country and the world gathered in Arlee and Ronan last weekend to tour the Western Montana Growers Co-Op and the Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center. The tours were part of a “Food and Agriculture Unde...


Animal control officer sought

ST. IGNATIUS—St. Ignatius is advertising for an animal control officer to take care of the town’s growing dog problem. During the May 3 city council meeting, Chief of Police John Parker said he thought the problem had reached an emergency situation.  “It is one of the most prevalent...


Ronan coach and teacher fights cancer

TULSA, Okla. - Life threw Ronan softball coach and teacher Tom Peterson a curveball on May 2, a day he will never forget. Peterson knew something was severely wrong when he noticed blood while using the bathroom. After seeking advice from medical professionals in Ronan, he had further testing done in a Kalis...


St. Ignatius graduates class of 2011

ST. IGNATIUS—Valedictorian Adessa Durglo said she always considered herself a loner. That is until she met her classmates at St. Ignatius High School. “Now my wolf pack has grown by 21,” Durglo said. The 22 graduates comprising this year’s graduating class of 2011 have much to b...


The bear necessities of coexisting

It’s been a tough year - not only for farmers and ranchers in the foothills of the Mission Mountain range, but also for grizzly bears who call the area home. During the past 10 months four grizzly bears have been euthanized due to grizzly-chicken encounters, with two grizzly killings in a four-mile rad...


Arlee man wants permanent ban lifted

ARLEE — On March 6, 2008, Francis Pierre was found not guilty of assault against his son’s basketball coach by a trial jury in Libby District Court. Now Pierre is fighting to lift a permanent ban that does not allow him to attend Arlee School events on and off school property. “I&rsqu...


Rising waters concern area residents

As waters continue to rise after relentless rain and rising temperatures, farmers who rely on irrigation waters from Crow Dam Reservoir could see devastating effects. According to Moiese farmer Bill Howell, the spillway of the dam is in disrepair, with some gates not functioning. Currently the reservoir is l...


Tribes come together to share old tradition in Pablo

PABLO – More than 300 tribal individuals traveling from as far away as Canada, Utah and Wyoming came together this past weekend to reconnect as one family in an old cultural tradition. The event was the Adeline Mathias SKC Stick Game Tournament, which was the first memorial tribute to Mathias - honorin...


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