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Residents reminded of snow ordinances

Winter season is again upon us, and the City Street Department is looking forward to early mornings on the snowy streets of Polson. It is the time of year to remind ourselves of the City’s snow removal plan and ordinances. The plan is developed on the premise that public need for safe streets is greater on higher-volume streets and at locations of stopping, turning, or starting movements. Priorities are assigned on the basis of traffic volumes, steepness of hills, proximity to schools, access to businesses, public transit routes, and logical grid patterns. During heavy snow, it obviously takes more time to progress through these prioritized objectives. However, we make it a goal...

Think before you ink

Have you ever thought of getting a tattoo or body piercing? In the last decade tattooing, or “getting inked,” has gained popularity. The Pew Research Center reports that 40 percent of people belonging to the 26-40 age group flaunt at least one tattoo. Body piercing has also gained in popularity s...

Legislators ask for improved food stamp rules

We all believe in helping people that need help. But taxpayers should not pay for items that harm a person’s health, especially when the same taxpayer is responsible for the medical needs of that individual. Besides, Montana should administer its own food stamp program. Last Friday, the following le...

'Occupy Polson' brings debate

Occupy Polson organizers Ian Laimbeer, Megan Pope, Peregrine Frissell, Riley Kenney and Riley Lemm acted on an issue they're passionate about. I want to thank you for your courtesy as we visited at the courthouse. I read your thought-provoking Manifesto, clearly stating your dissatisfaction with cuts to f...

Do your homework on the truth

Kudos to John Swenson for his recent letter concerning the Polson grant. There is nothing more important than taking the time to look beyond the headlines to see whether or not something that sounds as innocuous as a grant to “preserve our town's character,” has strings attached that have a more ...

Review research on living wills, assisted suicide

Do you have a living will? It is the document that tells doctors and your family your wishes relating to life-sustaining treatments. The state of Montana has a form on line that you can download, go have it notarized and then send it to the state. Then your wishes can be accessed online, but only by autho...

Plunging into the new year

Sometimes, you just have to scream. I found myself in such a situation on New Year's Day. It was mid-afternoon, and a handful of friends and I huddled around a campfire on the shore of Flathead Lake, marveling at the mountains in the distance and the occasional bald eagle soaring above the water. As the f...

Proper poinsettia care will keep plants popping

Euphorbia pulcherrima, more commonly known as the poinsettia, is native to southern Mexico and was introduced to the United States in 1825. For many years, poinsettias have been accused of being toxic; however, laboratory studies have shown that the leaves, stems, bracts, and flowers are not toxic to people ...

Changes afoot in healthcare ‘punch bowl’

In wishing you well this New Year, I’ve got some good cheer to share — sort of a holiday punch bowl. You may be wondering with all the publicity about healthcare, “What is the biggest change that patients will see in the coming year?” We discussed this at our December St. Joseph Ho...

Watch out for meadow voles

Throughout Lake County, meadow voles have reached damaging populations. Meadow voles, also called meadow mice or field mice, belong to the genus microtus. Voles are compact rodents with stocky bodies, short legs and short tails. Their eyes are small and their ears partially hidden. They usually are brown or ...

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