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Tester addresses economic recovery at SKC job fair

PABLO – Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., compared his own life working as a farmer in rural Montana to American economic recovery last week. Tester spoke to his audience at the annual Salish Kootenai College Career Fair as he explained the challenges Congress faces in regard to spending cuts. Tester took a farming approach, describing economic recovery as the “grease,” of America’s infrastructure. “You can’t just plant seeds and expect everything to turn out,” Tester stated, “the soil must be prepared, and the crops cared for.” “You need good equipment, and you have to keep it greased,” he said, “We can cut some sp...

Fun with a purpose: Carnival funds fuel fight for life

RONAN – Families and fun-seekers braved the brutal cold for a good cause Saturday, raising funds at the first-ever Relay for Life carnival at the Ronan Community Center. Smiles and laughter filled the room, as seven teams from Ronan, Charlo, and Polson hosted fun-filled games for carnival-goers to expl...

Volunteers reach goal, come in out of the cold

POLSON — While sleeping out in a teepee in freezing weather might seem like a publicity stunt, there really was a reason — to call attention to a situation many Montanans deal with every night as well as raise money for Soup’s On, a community kitchen housed in the Wander Inn/Journey Be at 1...

Annual career fair offers info, help with interviews

PABLO — About 600 job seekers and students looking for information about various careers attended the Feb. 22 Salish Kootenai College Career/Job Fair. The doors were open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Joe McDonald Health and Wellness Center, and participants could have cookies and coffee before descend...

Unpaid medical bills creating confusion

A growing number of tribal members are being targeted by collection agencies after their insurance failed to pay medical bills, according to Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal health director Kevin Howlett. The tribes issued a release last week attempting to clear up some of the confusion surrounding th...

DeNoble presents scientist’s view of nicotine

POLSON — Brandishing a monkey brain, Victor DeNoble, Ph.D., talked about nicotine addiction at the Spring Juvenile Diabetes Conference held at the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino. DeNoble also spoke at the Johnny Arlee/Vic Charlo Theatre on the Salish Kootenai College on Feb. 21. The brain came from Sar...

Thieves hit Mission General Store

ST. IGNATIUS — Last Thursday seemed like any other winter morning as Mission General Store owner Delbert Bontrager arrived at work just after 7 a.m. Temperatures were frigid, and blowing snow had piled drifts by the building, so Bontrager entered by a different door than usual. When he reached his offi...

Ricketts earns state title in Impromptu Speaking

POLSON — Picture this: A student competing in impromptu speaking is handed a notecard with a quote or a cartoon dealing with cultural, moral or social issues. Then she has three minutes to write a three to five minute speech on the topic. At the end of the preparation time, the student delivers the spe...

Heat turned up on wolf issue

Calving and lambing season is beginning across western Montana, for cattle and sheep as well as deer, elk, buffalo and mountain sheep. Montana livestock producers and hunters are worried about wolf predation, and their concerns and frustrations have reached state and national government officials. On a st...

Mini Mutiny: Pirate protest questions school board’s decision

POLSON — “Hendrickson, Hendrickson, Hendrickson,” the 60 or so Polson High School students chanted. The group gathered in front of PHS on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 8 a.m. to protest the non-renewal of PHS vice principal Shawn Hendrickson’s contract. Despite 27-degree weather and light...

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