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Conductor gets Dixon students tuned for symphony trip

DIXON — If you can’t rub your stomach and pat your head at the same time, you probably can’t direct an orchestra, Dixon students learned last week. In fact, a conductor’s hand movements are much more complicated than most things people do in everyday life. And on top of the coordination challenges, a director has a lot to remember, including telling the musicians when to play, how loud or softly to play, and much more. “It’s like doing a big puzzle,” explained Darko Butorac, music director of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra.  In preparation for Dixon students’ visits to the symphony Feb. 27 and 28, Butorac spent about an hour las...

At age 82, ‘Grandma D’ is Mission’s biggest fan

ST. IGNATIUS — It’s a well-known fact among Mission High School athletes that whether or not their families can make it to a game, they’ll always have a supporter in the stands as long as Lois Dumont is around.  In 40 years of following Mission athletics, Dumont has earned the statu...

The beat goes on

February is a month synonymous with red and pink hearts, candy conversation hearts and frilly valentine cards covered with hearts. It’s also designated American Heart Month. Healthy hearts that pump blood through bodies have been priorities at St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s cardiac rehabi...

Elvis impersonator entertains at PHS

POLSON — Elvis was in the building on Feb. 18 — the Polson High School building.  Elvis was really Elvis impersonator Ryan Pelton. Pelton and his five-piece band rocked the PHS auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. About 425 Elvis fans showed up to sing along and clap their hands as Pelton sa...

Birthday party disagreement leads to brawl between brothers

PABLO — A discussion about birthday plans turned into a dangerous disagreement last weekend in Pablo. Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call that two males outside a residence of North Woods Trailer Court east on Courville Trail were shooting at each other on Saturday at 4:50 p.m. No...

City plans to operate golf course restaurant

POLSON — The Polson City Commissioners passed a motion that the city of Polson operate the golf course restaurant for the rest of 2010, taking into consideration comments by former Polson City Commissioner Jim Sohm and Polson City Manager Todd Crossett and inventorying liquor monthly. Commissioner Ron ...

SKC language room dedicated to devoted Salish teacher

PABLO — Her students said that such a fuss would have embarrassed the behind-the-scenes, modest Salish language instructor. But last Wednesday afternoon, Salish Kootenai College staff and family, friends and students of Sophie Quequesah Mays gathered to honor the Salish teacher and dedicate a classr...

Ice breakers

POLSON — “Remember if you go through the ice, put your arms out to the side, bend your knees … and tip your chin up,” International Dive Rescue Instructor Jake Lozenby told his class of firefighters, search and rescue, law enforcement and marine patrol personnel.  Lozenby&rsq...

Sweet treats abound at chocolate festival

ARLEE — Just in time to whet appetites for Valentine’s Day treats, the sixth annual Chocolate Lovers Festival drew a crowd to the Heart View Center for a night of chocolaty fun Feb. 11.  When tasting began at 6:30 p.m., long lines quickly formed at three tables laden with an assortment of...

Local kids bring home wins in essay contest

MISSOULA — Three local students were honored for their winning essays at the Daughters of the American Revolution Bitterroot Chapter’s awards tea Saturday. St. Ignatius homeschoolers Nathaniel and Patrick Larsson won the American History essay contest in their respective grade levels, and Charlo ...

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