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Art festival slated for Saturday

POLSON — The shady lawn at the Lake County Court House will be dotted with vendor booths offering everything from gourmet mustards to handmade furniture, barn wood signs, quilts and pottery on Saturday, Aug. 7.  The Sandpiper Gallery’s one-day art festival will begin at 10 a.m. and go until 5 p.m. Since the show is held in conjunction with Cruisen By the Bay car show, visitors can wander over from Main Street and side streets and peruse the art or sample the food.  Margie Hendricks, Art Festival Chair, said about 85 vendors will bring their art to the festival. There will also be entertainment most of the day, Hendricks added.   The entertainers include: ...


Car party to feature art, dance and a few bikes

POLSON — “Hot Rod Lincoln” and “Little Deuce Coupe” will be popular tunes this weekend when the Cruisen By the Bay Car Show takes over downtown Polson. Put on by the Mission Valley Cruisers, Cruisen By the Bay has 58 preregistered entries. Mike Lee, vice president of the Miss...


SKC nursing program continues to expand

PABLO — Mary Racine has always wanted to be a nurse, at least since age 11.  “I practically grew up in a hospital,” she jokes, half serious.  A native of Browning, Racine explained that many of her family members were diagnosed with cancer. As a young girl, she spent plenty ...


Scouts learn life lessons on Melita Island

MELITA ISLAND — It was a Norman Rockwell scene — warm golden light, Boy Scouts playing cards in a big log lodge, a crackling fire, drifting smoke, the snick and clunk of knives slicing watermelon for lunch overlaid with the hum of voices, laughter and music. Songs such as, “I Want to Hold Y...


Cyclists follow western part of Lewis and Clark Trail through western Montana

POLSON — The traditional what-I-did-on-my-summer-vacation essay will be easy for Springfield High School students Tyler Arana, Miles Curry, Jason Mahnesmith and Eli Siegle this fall. The four Oregon teenagers and their history teacher James March have been biking the Lewis and Clark Trail since June...


Streetscape receives funds from PRA board

POLSON — The Polson City Commissioners received some good news at their Monday, Aug. 2 meeting when the Polson Redevelopment Agency Board voted to recommend its 2009 Tax Increment Funds be allocated to the Streetscape project.  The amount was expected to be $10,000 but turned out there was $90,...


Community Bank takes towns back in time with centennial celebration

Community Bank celebrated 100 years in business on Friday by reintroducing an old community barbecue tradition to Ronan and Polson.  “It makes you feel good,” Community Bank Board Member Debby Olsson McClenahan explained. “We kind of revived the community barbecue.” She add...


Landowners forced to plow through aging irrigation network

ST. IGNATIUS — On April 9, the Bureau of Indian Affairs officially turned over control of the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project to a cooperative management entity composed of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Flathead Joint Board of Control. In the four months since, FIIP project man...


St. Ignatius boil water order downgraded

ST. IGNATIUS — A boil-water order issued by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for the town of St. Ignatius was repealed Tuesday after several water samples taken Monday from previously contaminated wells came back clean. The town remains under a health advisory until further notice from t...


Pioneer Days: "Git 'er done"

The 2010 Ronan Pioneer Days was an affair to remember, with loads of old-fashioned fun for the whole family to enjoy. “Basically, we as a group like to get things done, and we don’t like sitting around waiting for things to happen,” Ronan Pioneer Days Secretary Robin Nelson said, explaining...


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