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Indian taco feed encourages voter participation Indian taco feed encourages voter participation

ARLEE – In Lake County, where many live far from their polling places, community organizers are encouraging people to return absentee ballots by making it a bit easier. The Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes’ Get Out the Vote campaign partnered with Montana Native Vote to hold voter participation Indian taco feeds across the Flathead Reservation. The feeds are open to the public and are part of an effort to increase voter participation on the reservation. In Arlee, about 30 people attended the event. There were four Indian taco feeds in the south end of Lake County last week. People of all ages enjoyed tacos and some dropped off their ballots. Montana Native Vote commu...


SAFE Harbor honors local heroes SAFE Harbor honors local heroes

Every town has local heroes. Annually, SAFE Harbor, in celebration of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, seeks nominations for ”heroes” who have in the last year helped to address violence issues within the region. Nominees are reviewed, and a final list of community honorees is selected...


Community meal promotes family dining Community meal promotes family dining

ARLEE – An estimated 60 people came together in the Arlee High School cafeteria for a hearty meal, conversation and information about integrating family meals into a household routine. The dinner was the first in a series of monthly meals meant to encourage families to regularly dine together at hom...


Halloween events provide weekend fun Halloween events provide weekend fun

POLSON – Scores of spooky characters got together for weekend Halloween festivities, including a foot race and carnival. On Saturday, people dressed up to attend the carnival hosted by the KwaTaqNuk Resort & Casino and Together As One (a suicide prevention program). During the event, more tha...


I-185 would raise tobacco tax to expand Medicaid coverage I-185 would raise tobacco tax to expand Medicaid coverage

Montana smokers could be on the hook for an additional $2 per pack if ballot Initiative 185 passes. The tobacco industry is shelling out big bucks in hopes it won’t happen. It’s a big reason your mailbox is stuffed this election season with flyers arguing its pros and cons. The initiative&rsqu...


Tester hopes mix of D.C. politics, Montana authenticity will win re-election Tester hopes mix of D.C. politics, Montana authenticity will win re-election

Jon Tester worked his way down a row of eager union members, shaking hands as he went. His battered pair of dusty cowboy boots was a sharp contrast with the button-up dress shirt. Even his outfit sends the message that he is both a politician and a farmer. He’s counting on his homesteader history to se...


Clerk’s job emerges as unlikely Supreme Court fight

Decisions about the U.S. Supreme Court have turned into an intense partisan battle in Washington, but in Montana the only contested race for the state’s high court is for the job of clerk. Three candidates are in the running for the seat. Rex Renk is a Democrat who has worked as the deputy clerk for...


Rosendale makes Senate run as 'Trump conservative' Rosendale makes Senate run as 'Trump conservative'

In a small room at the back of a historic hotel in Whitehall, Mont., Republican Matt Rosendale told a crowd of about 30 people he’s not worried about a Democratic groundswell this election cycle. “I keep telling folks, the only blue wave I think is going to blow ashore is going to be in Hawaii...


Polson NRA bull riding champ qualifies for unique upcoming event Polson NRA bull riding champ qualifies for unique upcoming event

POLSON – Payton Fitzpatrick was named to the four-man squad representing Montana in the Battle of the States bull riding event. The competition will be held at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center in Reno, Nevada, on Nov. 10. According to the Rodeo USA website, “the Battle of the States is a...


Symbol of Excellence winners announced Symbol of Excellence winners announced

MONTANA – The Montana Pork Producers Council and MSU Extension collect hog carcass data across the state for the Symbol of Excellence program annually. The Symbol of Excellence program was initiated in 1984 as a joint effort between the Montana Pork Producers Council and MSU Extension as a means of rec...


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