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Water fight

Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, but two of the greatest threats to its health are scarcely larger than a fingernail. And the public — whether boating, fishing or just swimming — is the first line of defense against the invaders. Zebra and quagga mussels are two of the most feared aquatic invasive species present in the United States, and Montana is one of the few places left where the creatures haven’t spread. The mussels clog filters and water intake pipes and pumps, coat boat propellers and steal nutrients from native invertebrates, fish and wildlife. Both types of mussels reproduce rapidly and can wreak havoc on the ecosystem of ...


Defend your home against pesky ants

There’s strength in numbers, and anyone battling an ant problem in his home can testify to the truth of the adage. But with a little planning, a single human can defeat an army of ants.  “The structurally damaging ants are carpenter ants,” MSU’s Lake County Extension Agent Jac...


Do-it-yourself home inspires creativity, recycling

POLSON — When Eva Oruste moved into her 1920s home eight years ago, the backyard was a concrete parking lot and the home hadn’t been redone since the 1970s.  It was an absolute disaster.  The previous owners had been smokers, and the grime that comes with the nicotine addiction li...


Polson Loaves and Fish celebrates grand opening

POLSON —Area residents could take a look at the refurbished Polson Loaves and Fish Pantry when the organization held its grand opening on June 18 from 10 to 4 p.m. The pantry has moved to the old Folk Shop building across from Woody’s at 904 1st Street E. A crowd of 60 to 70 people were on han...


District ratifies negotiated employee contracts

POLSON — At the Polson School Board of Trustees meeting on June 21, board members reported the Polson Classified Education Association 2009-2010 contract was ratified. Employees received a two-percent increase in salary with increases in insurance capped at this year’s rate and some language was ...


Commissioners agree to pave Main Street

POLSON — Downtown business owner Jackie Cripe from Jackie M’s Footwear gave an impassioned plea to the Polson City Commissioners to patch the unpaved strip of Main Street at the June 21 meeting at 7 p.m.  After first thanking the Polson City Street Department for doing as good a job as th...


Polson theater camp performs ‘100 Candles’

POLSON — School’s out and 34 kids interested in theater were signed up for the Port Polson Players Summer Kids Camp. The camp was held at the John Dowdall Theater during the week of June 14-19.  The kids learned their lines, memorized the songs and performed the play “100 Candles&rd...


Camp focuses on traditional skills

ELMO — No matter your age or interests, last week’s Kootenai Language and Ancestral Skills Camp in Elmo made for a fascinating learning experience. From tiny tots listening to ancient lore to parents and grandparents learning how to fashion bark baskets, the Elmo Community Center was a hub of act...


Stray cat finds home at city hall

RONAN — After being thrown out of the Second Chance Saloon and the Ronan Liquor Store, a stray feline found her home in the most unlikely of places: the Ronan City Hall.  Originally known as Alley, because of her humble beginnings on the street, the new city mascot took shelter in city hall in ...


Plan now for that long, dry season of fire

It’s hard to imagine the threat of wildland fire when rain is pelting you in the face, but there may be no better time.  The start of summer was officially Monday, June 21, but it’s hard to believe when you look up at the green hillsides and snow-capped peaks of the Missions. It’s b...


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