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Polson High School seniors celebrate commencement

POLSON — Linderman Gym was packed to the rafters with parents, grandparents and family who came to support their graduates on June 5. Polson High School’s Class of 2010 marched into the gym wearing purple and black robes. Besides a slide show of the graduates, the crowd was treated to performances by the PHS Symphonic Band and the Senior Choir.  Quoting Robert Fulghum’s book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,”  PHS Principal Bill Appleton advised the graduates to share, play fair, don’t hit and clean up after themselves.  Appleton added his own three rules; he said, “Take better care of our planet, eat lots...


SKC holds pinning ceremony for nursing grads

Salish Kootenai College’s 19th crop of nurses held their pinning ceremony on June 4 at 4 p.m. at the Joe McDonald Health and Physical Education Center.  Chief Cliff Singers played the drum processional. Dr. Darryl Tonemah, Director of the Health Promotion Program at the University of Oklahoma C...


Fight night

The sweet science? The 38 fighters in the Mission Valley Rumble “Smoker” Thursday night didn’t bother to bring any science into the ring with them. There was no feigning, no precise footwork, no bobbing-and-weaving, and the high school fighters certainly didn’t bother to take a rou...


AmeriCorps workers impact Camp Marshall

It isn't unusual for Camp Marshall, located along the east shore of Flathead Lake on Melita Island Road north of Polson, to be bustling with activity during the summer. But, instead of campers hiking, attending chapel and singing around the campfire, Camp Marshall has been home to a group of AmeriCorps Natio...


Plastic pesticide container recycling available

PABLO — Empty plastic pesticide containers can now be recycled in Lake County. The Environmental Protection Agency, Montana Department of Agriculture, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Natural Resources Department and Lake County Weed Control are working cooperatively on this recycling projec...


LaDuke, Indigo Girls present environmental panel at SKC

PABLO — The Indigo Girls and two-time vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke held an environmental justice panel in the Johnny Arlee/Victor Charlo Theatre at Salish and Kootenai College on Saturday. The event entitled “Environmental Justice in Montana: Protecting the Land for Future Generat...


Polson Commissioners discuss Main Street

POLSON — Mayor Pat DeVries and the Polson City Commissioners discussed the state of Main Street at the June 8 meeting.  Polson City Manager Todd Crossett said the Polson Business Community would like to see the city durapatch the dirt strip on Main Street.  The street department has bee...


RPD plans fundraiser for animal control

RONAN — For Laura Larson, catching an occasional stray canine is not a job — it’s community service. And as Ronan’s unofficial dog catcher, she is happy to volunteer.  Her title officially is Community Service Officer, but with that position, she volunteers 26 hours per week, ...


Smith Brower wins commissioner race, Doyle earns Republican nod

Voters turned out at a tepid rate for Tuesday’s Primary election on June 8. Overall voter turnout was 29.36 percent of registered voters in Lake County.  Despite the mild voter turnout, there were several hotly contested races in the primaries, particularly for the county commissioner seat and ...


Taking off

ST. IGNATIUS — Not many people can say their high school commencement speech began with a song and dance, but that’s how Karen Kleinklaus kicked off her farewell address to Mission High School’s class of 2010.  Although she joked that she hadn’t done public speaking “sin...


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