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Litter, graffiti mar skatepark

ST. IGNATIUS — When a mess is left, someone always has to clean it up.  And at the Skate Ignatius skatepark, someone’s been leaving a lot of messes behind, whether it’s skaters leaving litter strewn about, other residents depositing household garbage in and around the park’s garbage cans or vandals painting graffiti on the concrete. St. Ignatius public works director Ray Frey said the problems are getting worse, and tracking down the culprits isn’t easy.  “They’ve kind of turned it into a dump site,” Frey said. “There’s garbage cans, but they’re not using them.” It’s an issue Mayor Charley Garie...


Precautions against whooping cough recommended

Whooping cough is on the rise in Lake County, and health officials say that although following the old adage of “Cover your mouth when you cough, and wash your hands,” is vital, there are a few more things you should know about the illness. “It’s hitting everybody; we’re seei...


Commissioners discuss accident response ordinance

POLSON — Polson City Commissioners discussed the first reading of Ordinance 660 that would authorize the Polson Volunteer Fire Department to bill people’s insurance for incident response for car accidents. The ordinance has tiered prices, from providing hazardous materials assessment and scene...


Prevention Specialist speaks out against nicotine

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the Great American Smoke Out. Though the event has encouraged many tobacco users to quit the habit, every former smoker has followed their own path to cleaner lungs and a healthier life. Prevention Specialist for Western Montana Addiction Services Julia Roberts is hesit...


VFW honors Women’s Army Corps veteran

RONAN — For Helen Smith, waiting to join the Women’s Army Corps at age 21 seemed like a lifetime of anticipation.  But after signing up and basic training on Daytona Beach, the native of St. Ignatius found herself an ocean away on the shores of Wales in the United Kingdom.  &ldquo...


Veteran’s powwow rocks Kicking Horse

Talk about a packed house. As the aroma of beef stew and the throbbing of drums filled the air, dancers, spectators, veterans, friends and families overflowed from the Kicking Horse Job Corps gym Saturday during the annual Veteran Warrior Society Powwow.  “We had a good one,” VWS Honor Gu...


Building for the future

KICKING HORSE — They’re everywhere, and you’ve probably seen them at work. From community dinners to health fairs to school playgrounds, Kicking Horse Job Corps students can be found helping the Flathead Reservation community — and far beyond — become a better place.  Ju...


Bazaars announce beginning of holiday season

POLSON — Thanksgiving is a couple of weeks away, but the holiday season has already started in Polson. Some local churches host bazaars and serve lunches as a fundraiser for the church. The events herald the beginning of the holidays for local folks and visitors. Not only are there homemade treats a...


Polson celebrates downtown with Main Street block party

POLSON — Main Street officially opened for vehicle traffic on Saturday, Nov. 6, but the street remained closed the night before as downtown merchants and other community businesses threw a block party to celebrate the Streetscape Project’s completion.  Monte, the University of Montana Gri...


How it will B

RONAN — Making a change can be hard, just ask the members of the Ronan School Board. After more than an hour-and-a-half of discussion between the board, school administrators and citizens Monday evening, the board made the tough decision to move Ronan into Class B beginning next school year. By v...


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