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Garden of 1,000 Buddhas celebrates 8th annual peace festival Garden of 1,000 Buddhas celebrates 8th annual peace festival

JOCKO VALLEY — Eleven years ago, Tibetan Buddhist Lama Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche had a vision of creating an international place of peace. A place accepting of every political, religious, economic and cultural ideal where every sentient being is welcome; a place of harmony and acceptance. In July of this year, the EWAM Garden of 1,000 Buddhas was officially consecrated by Lama Rinpoche and several of his followers from around the world.  On Sept. 8, the garden celebrated its eighth annual Festival of Peace with an all-day celebration featuring speakers, music, poetry, food, prayer, and the second annual Walk-A-Mile for Peace.  Georgia Milan is on the board of ...

Pitts to rope in Vegas Pitts to rope in Vegas

POLSON — The weather was beautiful for the regional finals of the United Indian Rodeo Association held at Polson Fairgrounds on Sept. 8 and 9. Local calf roper Zanen Pitts advanced to the finals in Las Vegas, Nev. with a 15.2 run at Sunday’s rodeo. Although he competed in the bulldogging in co...

Put kids in car seats, save lives

The Lake County Buckle Up Coalition will conduct a child car seat check-up event on Saturday, Sept. 15, as part of Walmart’s safety day event. Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to check for proper installation of child car seats, and more importantly, t...

Birth Announcements for Sept. 5, 2012 Birth Announcements for Sept. 5, 2012

  Zillion James Smith RONAN — Zillion James Smith was born Aug. 21, 2012 at St. Luke Community Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces. Mother is Miranda Birthmark of Polson. Maternal grandparents are Melinda Birthmark of Ronan and William Birthmark of Pablo.   Shaunna Hope Jo...

Polson farmer raises giant pumpkins with tender loving care Polson farmer raises giant pumpkins with tender loving care

Fall is a time of plenty. With the change in seasons comes a change in the weather, the leaves, the food, the sky, the recreation and often, the clothing.  Farmers begin to harvest their crops; the days get shorter and colder; and bonfires with friends become a welcome distraction. For the past fo...

Tribes invest in reservation entrepreneurs

MISSION VALLEY — In an effort to support local economic growth, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council is investing in reservation entrepreneurs for the second straight year.  According to a press release, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ economic development offi...

Black Mountain Software: Customer satisfaction high, according to survey

POLSON – In a year when many software makers have lost ground in customer satisfaction, one small Montana software firm’s satisfaction scores are holding strong.  When the American Customer Satisfaction Index survey quarterly results were released in May, just as Black Mountain Software (...

Eleven-year-old girl saves father’s life Eleven-year-old girl saves father’s life

POLSON — Shawn Blixt lost consciousness in Flathead Lake Aug. 3.  He’d stopped breathing, was unresponsive, and according to his 11-year-old daughter Kyla, “he was a deeper purple than I’d ever seen.” According to Shawn, he’d just picked up his daughter and her ...

Hiker dies at Garden Wall

ST. IGNATIUS — A 71-year-old hiker fell 300 feet from the Garden Wall at Mission Dam Reservoir Recreation area and was killed at about 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1.  The man, an experienced hiker, and family members were about two and a half hours into the hike when he fell. Lake County Search a...

Detention officer charged with DUI

POLSON — A Lake County Sheriff’s Detention Officer is on administrative leave after being charged with drunk driving while off duty. Matthew Walker allegedly was involved in a two-car crash near the Jette Lake area at about 10:15 p.m. on Aug. 22. When officers arrived on the scene, they dis...

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