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Public encouraged to recognize officers, participate in ‘Blue Ribbon Season


News from the City of Polson

With the recent wave of shootings of police officers and many tragic officer deaths, the City of Polson, the Polson Chamber of Commerce and local businesses have joined forces to show our appreciation for the service our Polson Police Officers provide to our community. We would also like to recognize all of the other law enforcement agencies that provide dedicated service to the City of Polson.

To show our appreciation, we are sponsoring a Blue Ribbon Season to run from Sept. 9 to Oct. 17. Through resolution no. 2015-020, Polson City Mayor Heather Knutson has proclaimed this period an appreciation season for all law enforcement officers and agencies who serve the community. These dates are significant to us because while recognizing all of our officers we especially wish to recognize Corporal William Cleveland - one of our officers who is faced with life-threatening stage 4 cancer. Even with a health insurance plan, William and his family will face significant medical and personal bills.

Fundraising efforts were kicked off Sept. 9th to help William stay ahead of these financial worries allowing him to focus on healing. Several more fundraising events are planned to run through the Blue Ribbon Season, including a spaghetti feed on Oct. 17. Come to City Hall and show your support for our officers by purchasing a blue ribbon for $2 to wear proudly. All proceeds from these events and ribbon sales will go to William and his family. In addition to the purchase of blue ribbons, we encourage any additional donations folks would like to make to help William and his family. 

Come show your support for all of our officers and especially William Cleveland during Blue Ribbon Season. Any questions, please contact Police Clerk, Joan Hart (406) 883-8212 or City Manager, Mark Shrives (406) 883-8207.


Fire restrictions lifted

News from CSKT Division of Fire and Montana FWP

LAKE COUNTY — Due to precipitation and cooler temperatures, fire restrictions were lifted on the Flathead Indian Reservation and all Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks sites in northwest Montana, including state parks, wildlife management areas, and fishing access sites in Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, and Sanders County. 

Fire danger is still high on the east side of the Reservation and very high on the west side, according to Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Division of Fire.

The Division of Fire wants to thank the public who complied with the restrictions while in place. Every campfire that was left cold to the touch and every towing-safety chain that didn’t drag on the highway meant one less spark.

Hunters need to make sure that warming campfires are cold to the touch before being left unattended. Folks need to understand that cured grasses are susceptible to wildfire spread within hours of rainfall.

Open burning on the Flathead Indian Reservation is prohibited until Oct. 1. Residents who do not comply with this order are responsible for damages occurring from escaped fires to structures and resources.


Library extends hours through winter

POLSON — North Lake County Public Library in Polson resumed extended winter hours on Sept. 8.

The library will be open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays through the end of May 2016. This change is intended to better serve the public, particularly students who may need library resources for homework. On mornings when there is an advertised children’s program, the doors will open at 10 a.m.

The library is open 11a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The library is closed on Sundays and holidays.

Please call the circulation desk at 406-883-8225 with questions, or stop by the library at 2 First Ave. E. in Polson.


Smith appointed to Montana Invasive Species Advisory Council


Governor Steve Bullock announced last week the appointment of Thompson Smith, Charlo, to the Montana Invasive Species Advisory Council. Smith is the Coordinator of Tribal History and Ethnogeography Projects for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and serves on the Flathead Basin Commission.


Hospital volunteers needed

POLSON — Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson invites you to volunteer.

Our hospital volunteers work throughout Providence St. Joseph Medical Center by supporting our patients, visitors and staff. Hospital volunteer jobs range from working at an information desk in order to assist patients and visitors in find their way around our facilities, staffing gift shops, delivering flowers and gifts to patient rooms, helping coordinate and put on special events and lending a caring hand where needed. We will work with you to match your skills and interests with a position that you will find most fulfilling. Every volunteer position makes a difference in the lives of our patients and directly supports our Mission and Values.

Patient safety and satisfaction is important to us, which is why before beginning a hospital volunteering position all recruits must pass a background check, drug analysis and attend orientation to understand our heritage, mission and values. Our volunteer jobs play an integral role in caring for our patients, which is why we train each volunteer to be equipped and confident in their job. Depending on the volunteer position, specific hours and schedules must be followed. 

To find out more about volunteering, follow this link:


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