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Fires cause permanent damage as weather warms Fires cause permanent damage as weather warms

Grass could soon replace the evergreens that blanket the base of the Mission Mountains, according to a new study. As summer weather gets hotter and dryer, ponderosa pines and Douglas fir seedlings in the northwest United States are less likely to survive to maturity, a study from the University of Montana shows. Those same weather conditions make wildfires more likely to decimate evergreen forests. As a result, forests that burn today may never grow back.  “The trees are becoming vulnerable to catastrophic losses due to fire,” said Solomon Dobrowski, an author of the study. For example, a swath of forest southwest of Ronan is full of charred trees that may never be...

Ronan woman receives state award

News from Congressman Greg Gianforte WASHINGTON – Congressman Greg Gianforte recognized Judy Preston of Ronan with his Spirit of Montana commendation for her selfless service and for working so that no family or student in Ronan goes hungry. Gianforte’s statement in the Congressional Reco...

Woman’s club honors work of outstanding member

News from the Ronan Woman’s Club It was announced at the Sept. 24, General Federation of Women’s Clubs Ronan meeting that Alice Gleason, a 50-year Ronan club member, is the 2019-20 GFWC Montana winner of the Jennie Award, the highest honor given to any club member. Over the past 50 years,...

St. Ignatius seniors for Oct. 2, 2019

ST. IGNATIUS — How do you fix a broken pumpkin? With a pumpkin patch. Our center will be offering flu shots on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 4-5 p.m. The cost is $30. The AARP Safe Driving class will be on Friday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Please call 406-745-0057 to get signed up.  We wil...

Polson seniors for Oct. 2, 2019

POLSON — There will be a flu shot clinic on Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon. Medicare will cover this. The veterans’ representative will be here on Friday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon.  Lunch for the week:  —  Wednesday, Oct. 2: Salisbury steak, whipped potatoes &mdash...

Ninepipes Museum hosts 'First Saturday' event

News from Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana  CHARLO – The crispness of fall makes spending time indoors very enjoyable, so put the museum’s Oct. 5 “First Saturday” on your calendar.  Elaine Davis from Missoula will display her landscape paintings. When she first move...

Births for October 2, 2019 Births for October 2, 2019

Sonora Rodriguez   POLSON — Sonora Rose Rodriguez was born on Sept. 18, 2019, in the Nesting Place at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 21 inches long and weighed 7 pounds, 7.4 ounces. Sonora’s parents are Emonda MiddleRider and Joe Rodriguez of Polson. Maternal grandparents...

DPHHS program aims to reduce falls  

News from DPHHS The Department of Public Health and Human Services officials say that every 11 seconds in the United States an older adult ends up in the emergency room as a result of a fall. In fact, in a recent report about the burden of falls in Montana, falls are the third leading cause of accide...

Flu clinic, health fair offered

News from CSKT Tribal Health PABLO — Tribal Health announces a mass flu clinic and health fair for the community on Oct. 23.   Those who are eligible for the free, all-ages clinic include: Tribal Health recipients Non-tribal members who reside in the same households as Tribal Health ...

Resources developed to grow accessibility to HiSet

From the office of the Governor of Montana MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian announced $350,000 to assist Montana Tribal Colleges in growing accessibility to the HiSet. “Students on tribal reservations deserve to have every opp...

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