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Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

When Bob Decker enlisted in the Navy in 1960, he was part of a special group – 80 Montana All-Staters were inducted together in Butte and went as the 587th to boot camp in San Diego, California.   Bob says when he started his 9 weeks he was lower than a tadpole, but he moved up in seniority as other groups worked their way through. His boot camp designation patch was E-3. Every morning the routine included calisthenics, breakfast and marching around an area called  “the grinder,” with your “piece” above your head. A rifle was called a “piece,” NEVER a “rifle.”  The 9th week was for games and Bob was the director.  He ...

Birth announcements for Dec. 26, 2018 Birth announcements for Dec. 26, 2018

Talos Hando POLSON — BoJai, Luliana, Kannon, Kaori and Keone would like to introduce their newest baby brother, Talos Antli Hando. Talos was born Nov. 12, 2018, at the Nesting Place in Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 20 inches long and weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Talos’ parents...

Lake County officials sworn into office Lake County officials sworn into office

POLSON – Seven recently elected and re-elected Lake County officials were sworn in for their new terms and took their oaths of office Wednesday afternoon. Dec. 19, in the main courtroom of the Lake County Courthouse.  Montana’s Twentieth Judicial District Judge James Manley presided over ...

Superintendent holds community forum regarding Linderman gym Superintendent holds community forum regarding Linderman gym

POLSON – The Linderman gymnasium was the topic of discussion during a Jan. 19 evening forum held at the Polson High School auditorium. Polson School District Superintendent Rex Weltz provided an update to about 50 people including school board members and district staff on the current status of the Lin...

Assistant police chief retires after 30 years of service Assistant police chief retires after 30 years of service

POLSON – Assistant Police Chief John Stevens is leaving a legacy in the Polson Police Department. At the Dec. 17 Polson City Commission meeting, Stevens was honored with a plaque and a personal message from Governor Steve Bullock commending his work in law enforcement and celebrating his retirement. ...

Representatives answer to constituents Representatives answer to constituents

RONAN – With the next legislative session on the horizon, three representatives to the Montana State legislature conversed with local residents on topics ranging from healthcare to aquatic invasive species. Mission Valley Rises: Democracy Engaged! sponsored the forum. The local group works to promot...

Information sought on grizzly bear shootings

FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION – The Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are seeking information on the shooting of a female grizzly bear in the Moiese Valley that occurred on or about Oct. 12.  The bear was found shot to death in a field near Moiese Valley Road...

Adam Yenser performing at Flathead Lake Cinemafest Adam Yenser performing at Flathead Lake Cinemafest

POLSON – Get ready to laugh and be amazed and inspired at the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest next month in Polson. The festival continues to expand and attract international filmmakers and special guests, including Adam Yenser, a comedian and Emmy Award-winning writer for “The Ellen De...

Flathead Audubon holds annual Christmas bird count

KALISPELL — It is December and time for the 20th annual Kalispell bird count on Sunday, Dec. 30. Centered at Reserve and Highway 93, the 15-mile-diameter-count circle includes Evergreen, and much of the Flathead River corridor, including the Owen Sowerwine Natural Area, Happy Valley, Herron Park, and t...

Briefs for Dec. 26, 2018

Bradford graduates from University of Montana  POLSON — Dalton Bradford, a 2014 Polson High School graduate, graduated from the University of Montana (fall class of 2018) with a BA degree in history. He will be pursuing his master’s degree at the University of Montana beginning in Janua...


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