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Kootenai Language classes offered this Spring
PABLO — Join Ig Couture and Wayne McCoy at the Tribal Council Chambers Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. The Kootenai language classes are open to all interested, ages 12 and up. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the class. The classes will go through May 26.

Meet the Arlee Celebration Committee
ST. IGNATIUS — The 2015 Arlee Celebration Committee meets every other Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Neil Charlo Building basement. The public is welcome. For more information, go to or contact committee members: Willie Stevens at (406) 270-6958; Alec Quequesah at (406) 273-1024; Gene Sorrell at (406) 261-5523; or Chaney Bell at (406) 212-9835.

Dayton school announces kindergarten round up
DAYTON — On Thursday, April 23, Dayton Elementary will be holding their kindergarten round-up and child find. A child is eligible for kindergarten next year if they will be five years of age on or before September 10. Please bring your child's immunization records and birth certificate or social security card. Call Raina Yarbrough at 849-5484, to make an appointment.

Open burning season is here
Division of Fire would like to remind everyone of open/closed burning times.
   • March 1 – April 30 – Open Spring Burning
   • May 1 – June 30 – Required Burn Permits Needed

Before burning please contact the Air Quality Hotline at (800) 225-6779.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice please contact: Division of Fire at 676-2550 C.T. Camel, Prevention Specialist, ext. 6407, or email:, or Devlin Lafrombois, ext. 6410 or email:

Local Veteran representatives announce schedules
PABLO — Lloyd Jackson and/or Bill Rogers, veteran representatives, will be available each Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the new Pablo Complex, in room 220. They will be available to answer questions and help fill-out forms for health care and benefits for all veterans. Twice each month a veteran representative will be at the Mission Valley Veteran Center, in St. Ignatius. For schedules, call: 675-2700, ext. 1313, 675-4137, or 253-0925.

IPO Flagging class offered
PABLO — Indian Preference Office (IPO) would like to announce that they will be holding another flagging class on Friday, April 17. If you are interested please contact the Indian Preference Office at (406) 675-2700, ext. 1393 or 1045, to sign up. Seating is limited, so be sure to sign up right away!

SKHA Home Ownership Education class for April
PABLO — The Flathead Finance Program and the Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority (SKHA) invite you to join their Home Ownership Education class offered on April 17, from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. The class is held in the SKHA boardroom and breakfast, lunch and all necessary material is provided. This class is free of charge and open to anyone interested in homeownership, refinancing, remodeling or building their dream home. This is a certified class, to receive a certificate participants must be in attendance the entire day. To R.S.V.P. please call 675-4491 or 883-4211.

"Exploring Mountain Birds on Pacific Islands" presentation
POLSON — "Exploring Mountain Birds on Pacific Islands," by Dr. Chris Filardi, will be the next Mission Mountain Audubon program on Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m., in the Polson Library Meeting Room.

Studies of Pacific island birds have inspired some of the most influential scientific theory of our time. Much of the data underlying this theory were gathered nearly a century ago on world-renowned expeditions. Despite the scientific discoveries of earlier expeditions, numerous upland areas remain poorly studied and are under increasing threats from timber extraction and mining activities.

Dr. Filardi's slide presentation will discuss the role of contemporary ornithological expeditions focused on tropical island birds found in only one place and nowhere else in the world. Chris's research provides practical scientific and symbolic opportunities to improve regional conservation efforts for currently under-studied and threatened high-elevation Pacific Island ecosystems.

Understanding ACEs and drug use on the reservation
POST CREEK — Parents, teachers and community members are invited to attend the Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition, Inc., presentation of "Understanding ACEs (Childhood Trauma and its influence) and Drug Use on the Reservation". The meeting will be held on April 23, starting with a potluck at 5:30 p.m., at the Mission Valley UMC, on the top of Post Creek Hill.

The "Understanding ACEs" presentation will begin at 6 p.m., and is facilitated by Dana Eisenberg, LCSW, with questions and a discussion to follow.

At 7:15 p.m., a presentation on "Drug Use on the Reservation" will be facilitated by local Law Enforcement, with questions and discussion following.

Please call 745-4259 for more information.

Apply community service hours towards court fines
PABLO — The CKST Public Defenders Office is organizing a community service day on Friday, April 24. Clients interested in having community service hours applied towards Tribal court fines should contact the Defenders office at 675-2700, ext. 1125, for more information. Lunch will be provided.

Polson City Manager to provide updates at meeting
POLSON — Polson’s City Manager, Mark Shrives, will be the guest speaker at the Friday, April 24 meeting of the Lake County Pachyderm Club. He will describe 1) the proposed resort tax, 2) the “water loop” currently under construction, its cost and funding, 3) a new water well on Hwy 35; 4) revamping the old irrigation system on the old 9 at the golf course; 5) the remodel of the bathroom at Riverside Park; 6) the sewer plant project progress, cost, and funding; 6) answering questions citizens may have.

This is an opportunity to hear first-hand about Polson’s current issues. All those interested are invited to attend the meeting that starts at noon, but begins at 11:30 for a social time and brown bag lunches. The meeting is held at the Polson Rural Fire Hall on Regatta Road near the Fairgrounds.

3rd Annual Animal Care Expo and Cat Adoption event
COLUMBIA FALLS — Pet owners will have an opportunity to find a cat for adoption, get vaccines, and microchipping all at one location. The Flathead Spay and Neuter Task Force will be holding an event on Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Flathead Spay and Neuter Clinic, outside Columbia Falls.

Pet owners will be able to purchase dog/cat vaccines for $10 each, including a rabies vaccine. One-year rabies vaccines will be administered, unless the owners have proof of current vaccine, in which case they can get a three year rabies vaccine. Two licensed veterinarians will be there to administer the rabies vaccines and trained volunteers will administer the 3-way cat and 5-way dog vaccines, as well as the microchipping ($25 each).

All dogs need to be on a leash and all cats must be in carriers. Payment will be by cash or check only. Dogs and cats must be in good health and be at least eight weeks of age for vaccines.; animals must be three months of age for the rabies vaccine.

Wonderful cats will be available for adoption ($50 fee/barn cats are $40), including several older mellow kitties. There will be approximately 6-8 adult cats looking for forever homes. Pictures can be seen on the Task Force website at or Facebook page. All cats are altered, microchipped and current on vaccines.

Representatives from the Spay and Neuter Clinic will be on hand to discuss low cost spays/neuters that are geared towards helping low income pet owners and feral cat caretakers. Appointments are on a first come, first serve basis by calling the appointment line at 881-4500 (voicemail). The Clinic is located at 3491 Trumble Creek Rd., Columbia Falls (one mile west of Hwy. 2 and two miles south of Hwy. 40; south of the intersection with Hodgson Rd.). Contact the Clinic at 892-7387 for directions. For more information, contact Mimi at 261-5175.

Rita Couture Cannon memorial
ELMO — Everyone is cordially invited to share our mother, grandmother, auntie and friend, Rita Couture Cannon, with a memorial and give away. This event will be held on May 2, at noon, in the Elmo Community Hall. For more information, call (406) 249-5170.

Sacred Heart Parish Annual Bazaar
ARLEE — This year's annual bazaar will take place on May 3, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., in the church social hall. Plenty of refreshments will be on sale, such as indian tacos, pies, beverages, hot dogs, etc. There will be lots of family fun and events: including a raffle featuring a hand made quilt, cash prizes, and a box of barbecue steaks; door prizes, white elephant, crafts, kids games, and cake walks. Please come and help us make this a success. This is the only fundraiser Sacred Heart Parish holds. The church is located at 112 Taelman, in Arlee.

Helping Hands Fund Spring Music Festival to be held May 3
POLSON — Musicians from all of Lake County will join together for a Spring Music Festival on Sunday, May 3, at 4 p.m., at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Polson. A spaghetti supper, prepared by the Knights of Columbus, will be served immediately following the festival in the church basement. Salads and desserts will be provided by participating churches.

The festival promises to be uplifting, spiritual and exciting for participants as well as for the audience. Music will be provided by ensembles, vocal or instrumental soloists, various choirs, including the Presbyterian Hand Bell Choir and Flathead Flute Choir, as well as the mass choir.

This concert replaces the Palm Sunday Choral Festival which had been held to raise funds for the Polson Ministerial Association Helping Hands Fund (HHF). HHF is an ecumenical project that provides emergency assistance to Lake County residents as well as to folks traveling through the area. Donations to the HHF will be accepted during the festival.

Direct questions to Toni 883-1676 or Valerie 883-4160.

RHS presents "Arsenic and Old Lace"
RONAN — Be prepared to be entertained as the Ronan High School Drama department presents a performance of the play “Arsenic and Old Lace”. General admission tickets only will be sold at the door the evening of the play. This performance will be presented at the Ronan Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. All seats will cost $5.00.

See historic Fort Connah Trading Post come to life
EVARO — The Fort Connah Restoration Society will host an open house and rendezvous which depicts life during the fur trading era of Montana, Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10, on Mother's Day weekend. This is a great opportunity to bring Mom to see the 1846 historic Hudson's Bay Fort Connah Trading Post come to life! This event is free to the public and includes demonstrations of time-era activities, crafts and kids games. Main events will be held Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fort Connah is located 6 miles north of St. Ignatius, at mile marker 39 on Highway 93. General information and trader/vendor set-ups, call Carolyn Corey/Preston Miller (406) 745-4336, email:

Information about camping/demonstrators contact: Chris Poloynis at (406)214-0333, email:

Myrna Murphy memorial
RONAN — All family and friends are invited to a memorial and give away for Myrna Murphy at the Ronan Senior Citizens Center, from 2-5 p.m., on May 16. Dinner will be at 2 p.m. Memorial, remembrances and give away following dinner. For more information call Irene at (406) 261-7117.

The Spirit of Truth Church wants to get to know you
PABLO — Spirit of Truth Church (upci) located on 57816 Highway 93 would like to get acquainted with you and your family. You are invited to attend our church services on Sunday and Wednesday. Events will be held throughout the year that you and your family will enjoy attending.

The church will offer free Bible Studies on Wednesday nights and Marriage/Family counseling as requested.Services are offered:
   • Sunday – 11 a.m. (fellowship after service)
   • Wednesday – 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (beginners Bible Study starts February 18) Counseling is available by appointment (free to members).

For more information contact: Jeannine Padilla at: 552-9194, or Dr. Mingo Guerrero at: 837-2637 (home), or (707) 337-2645 (cell).