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Training tackles risky behavior in youth

PABLO — According to a national survey done in 2008, 57.6 percent of Lake County eighth-graders had tried more than a few sips of alcohol. By the time these students reach their sophomore year in high school, that number rises to nearly 80 percent.  The shocking numbers are higher than both the state’s average and the national average, but fortunately there are entities and organizations in the valley that are working diligently to try and lower those statistics — and hopefully curb risky behaviors. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday a free substance abuse specialist training was held to assist professionals in the substance abuse prevention field.  The tr...


The kindest cut

The Lake County Spay/Neuter Task Force fixed 212 furry friends this weekend at a low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Pablo. The critters yelped and sniffed anxiously at the makeshift kennels while waiting for their turn to go under the knife. Some just waking up from anesthesia, softly mewed, while others atte...


New law for an old drug

Montana's medical marijuana law allows patients to assign themselves caregivers — someone, 18 or older, "who agrees to take responsibility for managing the wellbeing of a person with respect to the medical use of marijuana." In this article, three local caregivers explain what they do and what their jo...


Records continue to fall in Spring Mack Days

Anglers continued to add to the record number of lake trout caught in the Mack Days’ eight-year history. Through seven weekends, the 1,095 anglers – also a Mack Days’ record, have turned in 20,829 mackinaw, which shatters the previous high of 14,451 caught in the 2007 Fall Mack Days. Wit...


Children, elders celebrate 35th annual Head Start Powwow

RONAN — Children from all over the Flathead Reservation enjoyed the 35th Head Start Powwow on Friday.  The little tykes started showing up at the Ronan Events Center at 4 p.m. and watched the grand entry led by the Veteran’s Warrior Society proceed at 4:30 p.m.  Head Start childre...


Home combines contrasting decor

RONAN — The marriage of two contrasting styles is never an easy feat. In fact, it’s hard to imagine country and urban decor in a fluid combination at all. But in the home of Lee and Carlee Schnase the two styles blend perfectly – illuminating a unique style of loft and ranch that is truly a...


Remove thatch from lawns for summer jump-start

There may be more lurking beneath the surface of your lawn than you realize. And what’s hiding below the green grass could be keeping your yard from reaching its full potential. Over time, dead grass, stems, roots and leaves accumulate above the soil and below the live grass, forming a tightly woven...


Class learns construction hands-on

POLSON — The house at 1502 15th Ave. E. has workers all around the outside, some staining pickets for the fence, some installing the pickets, some raking the dirt around the foundation and some caulking and touching up paint. Although it looks like an ordinary construction scene, it’s really the ...


Ronan student wins 2nd in state geography bee

RONAN — Eighth-grader Erich Trickel has been a lot of places, a fact that may have contributed to his second-place finish at the state geography bee earlier this month. Erich’s first overseas trip was at age 2, when parents Thomas Trickel and Stacey Sherwin took him along on a bicycle tour of ...


Charlo dissolves non-tenured teacher contracts

CHARLO — The Charlo School Board terminated the contracts of the six non-tenured teachers last Tuesday at a school board meeting. The decision came after the district was faced with budget cuts due to decreasing enrollment. The district is also struggling with increasing insurance premiums. Curre...


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