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Local artisan joins Montana Circle of American Masters

RONAN — Eva Boyd learned to make baskets when she was about 10 from her grandmother, Mary Louise Paul. Mrs. Paul lived in Camas Prairie, and Eva remembers her grandmother sitting out by the water making split cedar root baskets.  Now Boyd is a grandmother, even a great-grandmother, with 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. “If you teach your kids (traditional skills) when they are 10 or 11,” Boyd said, ”they’ll remember.” When her grandkids were small, she took them to Valley Creek, where they harvested cedar for her. Now her granddaughters in Washington can also make baskets, from gathering the cedar to the finished product. Boyd...


Ronan wreck downs power line

RONAN — A power line was dislodged off its pole on Tuesday morning in Ronan after a Pablo resident drove his car off U.S. Highway 93 and into the pole on the west side of the highway. At approximately 11:10 a.m. Tom Hendricks pulled out of the Community Bank parking lot, heading south on U.S. Highwa...


Kids participate in Polson Pet Parade

POLSON — The Charlie Russell Riders from Bigfork wearing sparkly royal blue blouses led the Polson Pet Parade down Main Street and back on 1st Street E. The parade started at 11 a.m. on June 25. The parade was a precursor to the Polson PRCA Rodeo held on June 25 and 26.  Following the pretty...


Museum celebrates Reservation’s history

ARLEE — Fourth of July weekend in Arlee is packed with outdoor activities like the powwow, rodeo, basketball tournament and parades, but the Jocko Valley Museum offers a break from the heat and a look at the area’s rich history. The museum opens July 4 with several exhibits commemorating vario...


Polson Rotary Club donates to Riverside Park

POLSON — Kids at Riverside Park will be playing on a safer surface thanks to a $15,000 donation from the Polson Rotary Club.  Polson Parks Department head Karen Sargeant said a 12-inch layer of processed wood fiber material will replace the existing sand in the playground. Concrete curbing will...


Missing woman suspected of embezzling $675,000

POLSON — Law enforcement agencies suspect a missing woman of allegedly embezzling an estimated $675,000 from Whitefish Credit Union in Polson.  Kathleen Gratton Sammons, a resident of Charlo and vice president of the Whitefish Credit Union, left work on Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. to unlock t...


Vehicle crashes into irrigation canal

CHARLO — After rounding Palmer’s Corner, a vehicle drifted off U.S. Highway 212 and drove 100 yards before hitting an embankment and crashing into the Post C Irrigation Canal outside of Charlo on Friday at 10:30 a.m.  The driver of the vehicle, Darbie Lynn Morigeau, 49, of Polson sustaine...


Charlo Art Camp fuses creativity, science

CHARLO — For ten years Charlo has provided a little structure and summer fun for local students in the form of an art camp. And this year’s camp was more popular than ever with 79 kids participating in the creative event.  “I had kids in school and it was just a fun idea for a su...


Fire damages building at Elmo Fishing Access

ELMO — Fireworks caused a fire that gutted a building at Elmo Fishing Access on June 26. Dispatchers relayed the fire call to the Chief Cliff Volunteer Fire Department at about 6:06 p.m.  Chief Cliff Volunteer Fireman Jason Heffner was the first responder and said firefighters had to move bould...


Polson bridge receives finishing touches

POLSON — Traffic slowed to a crawl Monday on the Armed Forces Memorial Bridge as road crews once again blocked off a lane, prompting locals to voice concerns that construction would interfere with the upcoming holiday weekend.  But Lori Ryan, Public Information Specialist for the Montana Depart...


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