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Cooperative solutions needed now to save our native fish

Montanans have long cherished native bull trout and westslope cutthroat as important sport fish, cultural symbols, indicators of good water quality, and drivers of our recreation economy. Many Montanans grew up learning how to fish by catching these two species. Future Montana kids deserve the same opportunities, but without determined actions now, these opportunities will be lost.   Predation by non-native lake trout is consistently recognized as the number-one threat to native bull trout and westslope cutthroat in the Flathead. Unfortunately, current proposals to help these important fish are not being well-served when scientific information is incompletely presented or misleading...

Local man severely injured

RONAN – Lance Corporal Thomas C. Parker, of the Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Lima Company of the U.S. Marine Corps and 2008 graduate of Ronan High School, was severely injured in an Improvised Explosive Device blast in Afghanistan.  Parker’s mother, Lisa Jennison and stepfather, Tim Corb...

Dombrosky continues to learn

POLSON — Students attending Salish Kootenai College were finishing up their finals before the Christmas break. Student Donna Dombrosky took her final in Anatomy and Physiology on Dec. 9. She had an A going into the final, and she happens to be 78 and will turn 79 in January.  SKC’s oldest...

Polson Area Transportation Plan discussed

POLSON — Jeff Key, a transportation planner from Camp Dresser and McKee, Inc., gave information about the Polson Area Transportation Plan at the Polson Business Community meeting on Dec. 9. The plan will look at ways to improve Highway 93, Key said. The answer might be a bypass or might be improvements...

Art Walk, Parade of Lights brighten downtown Polson

Temperatures in the 20s didn’t dissuade shoppers from coming downtown to take in the 6th Annual Art Walk on Dec. 3, but the cold may have cut down on strolling. People quickly walked from store to store, releasing snippets of Christmas carols as doors opened and closed. Inside stores, artists and music...

Bazaars provide unique local gift items

It is the season for buying Christmas gifts, and many people like to give handmade or handcrafted presents but either don’t have the time or the talent to produce their own items.  To fill this need, bazaars are common this time of year. The People’s Center held a bazaar on Dec. 3 and 4, ...

Students present ‘Wizard of Oz’

RONAN — They’ve been sewing, painting, designing and rehearsing for months, and now Ronan Middle School students are finally ready to present their first musical to the community. “The Wizard of Oz” plays Dec. 10 and 11 at the Ronan Performing Arts Center, and director Rita Tingey cou...

New local product helps ranchers protect wheel lines

POST CREEK — Winter weather is hard on animals and farming equipment, but that’s not all ranchers have to worry about during the cold months. Animals, cattle in particular, can be destructive of equipment like wheel lines when they’re kept in the same pasture. “They bend (the wheel...

Commissioners approve C.O.P.S. grant, library interlocal

POLSON —  At the Dec. 6 Polson City Commission meeting, one of the first agenda items was a COPS grant received by the Polson Police Department. The grant would provide a salary for a 13th officer for three years. Then the city would need to pay the officer’s salary for the fourth year. ...

Officials waiting on DNA results of suspicious lake samples

Flathead Lake soon could face its greatest enemy if scientists confirm the presence of invasive mussels in its waters. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced that four routine plankton samples taken in July from the northern end of Flathead Lake near Woods Bay contained microscopic larvae suspected to be...

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