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Boys & Girls Club gets $1M donation

LAKE COUNTY – Several things are happening for the the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County including funding for a new building, a new playground, and swimming lessons.  The club recently received a grant for $1 million to use for the construction of a new clubhouse in Polson from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation. “This was a great gift,” said Aric Cooksley, executive director for the club. Cooksley said the building project will cost a total of $6 million. He said the building will be “built from scratch” on 1.8-acres on the corner of 2nd Street W. and 17th Avenue, adjacent to Polson Middle School and Polson H...


Polson police arrest 7 on drug charges in Polson neighborhood Polson police arrest 7 on drug charges in Polson neighborhood

News from Polson Police Sergeant George Simpson POLSON – On the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 31, the Polson Police Department with the help of the Flathead Tribal Police Department conducted a warrant service at 608 2nd Street West.  This search warrant concludes a short-term drug investigation ...


County budget meeting scheduled for Thursday

News from Lake County Commissioners  LAKE COUNTY – The Lake County Commissioners have scheduled time this week for public comment on the Fiscal Year 2019 budget that the Commissioners have tentatively scheduled to adopt on Thursday, September 6. Comments are being taken from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m....


Briefs for Sept. 5, 2018

New walk-in hours for Tribal Health announced News from CSKT Tribal Health ST. IGNATIUS —  New walk-in clinic hours for acute medical needs for eligible Tribal Health recipients have been announced. Acute medical conditions are severe and sudden in onset. This could describe anything fro...


Briefs for Sept. 5, 2018

Hear international spooky stories KALISPELL – Lone Pine State Park invites you to sit around the campfire and enjoy Campfire Stories (from Around the World) on Friday, Sept. 7, from 7-8:30pm.  Cuddle with a blanket and listen to spooky narratives of stories found in different cultures, inc...


Scholarships offered by VFW

RONAN — Teachers, parents and students, do you know about the scholarship programs offered by the Veterans of Foreign Wars?   Patriot’s Pen is an essay competition for sixth to eighth grade students. This year the theme to write about is “Why I Honor the American Flag.” The fi...


Gun shops could be difference maker for suicide prevention

By now, it’s a story Ralph Demicco has told a thousand times: Over a period of six days in 2009, three people bought firearms from his gun shop in New Hampshire and shot and killed themselves in a matter of hours. When he heard the news, there was only one emotion. “I was shocked,” he...


Summer fires affect local, statewide air quality

LAKE COUNTY – Smoke and wildfires are a routine part of Lake County summers. Though the memory of dense smoke in the region may be fading, thick wildfire smoke obscured views and filled the Mission Valley with a scent reminiscent of campfire several weeks ago.  Kristen Martin of the Montana Dep...


Affordable Housing

News from Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana MONTANA – The lack of affordable housing in Northwest Montana is quickly reaching crisis proportions. Since 2014 average home sales prices have increased as much as 32.7 percent in Eureka (to $304,353) to as little as 8.1 percent in Colum...


Polson Middle School program builds culture of belonging Polson Middle School program builds culture of belonging

By Mary Auld for the  Valley Journal POLSON – Teacher Tessa Hupka stood before a class of eighth graders that seemed to be like any class on the first Friday of the school year: full of students chatting, joking, and rifling papers, but Hupka wasn’t there to teach math or reading. E...


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