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Cannot harvest wood

Editor, I am writing to remind the non-tribal members that reside inside the Flathead Indian Reservation boundaries: if you moved to a very wooded area where firewood is within your view, you cannot harvest this natural resource. It doesn’t matter if you just moved here from out of state or if you’re a third generation reservation resident. This land is private property. Jon Denton Polson


McDonald is correct

Editor, I honest and truly wish more people like Wyman McDonald would speak out. I enjoy reading his letters to the editor of the Valley Journal. Wyman is spot-on about our government, and the “upper class” running it. The President is a disgrace and embarrassment to the United States of Am...


McDonald will not polarize

Editor, Do we know what could happen? Do we know how to pray? Are we ready for Armageddon? Is this judgment day? That four liner speaks to me in reference to something very scary. It is about our extreme political polarization, so much anger toward and harsh judgment of others. It is actually tearing f...


Police grateful for K9 program donations

POLSON – We have always been committed to a partnership with members and guests of our community that inspires confidence in all to make Polson a safe and pleasant place to live, work, learn and play. When we asked for the public’s help in pursuing a new Police Service Dog (PSD) program our commu...


Polson Loaves and Fish Pantry needs volunteers

Editor, Polson’s Food Pantry was founded in the early 1980s by a group of local churches. Gerrie Boyle was the first manager and retained that title before handing over that responsibility to Bryan River in 2009. Both managers have been exceptionally dedicated to the day to day operations of this or...


Seven wonders – of life Seven wonders – of life

We’ve all heard of the Seven Wonders of the World. Most of us couldn’t name them all. I couldn’t so I Googled and discovered I hadn’t even heard of some. Embarrassing, I know. Unfortunately I’m more familiar with embarrassment than the Seven Wonders of the World. Actually, it...


Community input sought for ‘Rural Thinkscapes’

The Best Beginnings Children’s Partnership (BBCP) serving the Flathead Reservation and Lake County is a group of like-minded individuals who believe that the first years of a child’s life are vitally important in determining successful outcomes. We work to ensure that those years are the best tha...


Tips for recreating a historic garden Tips for recreating a historic garden

Every state in our nation has a number of historic sites. The oldest are locations of Native American habitation dating to times before the Colonial Period—these are termed “prehistoric” rather than “historic.” In order to recreate or restore a very early Native American garden,...


Irrigation project management: ball is in irrigators’ court

Editor, Next to the weather, farmers and ranchers complain most about Bureau of Indian Affair’s (BIA) poor management of our irrigation project. Local project managers also are frustrated with the BIA’s cumbersome hiring and procurement policies and the fact that they get blamed. Some irrig...


Solutions to county crisis offered

Editor, Last October, for the third time in seven years, Lake County was informed by independent auditors that its criminal justice system is in a crisis. While a need for a new jail facility exists, the need for visionary leadership from a sheriff with new ideas and solutions is equally important. My dec...


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