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Meet with your council representatives
Council representatives Carole Lankford, Ronan and Dennis Clairmont, Pablo, will be having a district meeting on September 28, at 6 pm at the Ronan Sr. Citizen building. CSKT Forestry will be holding discussion and accepting public comment on the proposed changes on the Tribal Use Permit system. Dinner will be provided.

Daughters of the American Revolution meeting set for Sept. 22
CHARLO — The Kuilix Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Thursday, September 22, at the United Methodist Church, Hwy 93 starting at Noon. This is a Brown Bag Lunch. Meeting starts at 1 p.m. Topic is “Celebrate Your Genealogy.” Bring your laptops as regent Nancy Mehaffie and Registrar Nancy Eastes will show Internet tricks for genealogy. Prospective members and public are welcome.  For more information, contact Nancy Mehaffie at

When it’s hard to say goodbye…
POLSON — Bereavement Support Group is an eight-week series for adults grieving the death of a loved one. The group meets once a week. The meetings include education about grief and loss, and provide participants an opportunity to share their experiences. Participants are recommended to wait at least two months after a death before attending a group. This group is free and open to the public. Group size is limited.

Registration is required by September 23

Meetings will be held on Wednesdays, September 28–November 16 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the O’Malley Conference Room, 2nd Floor at St. Joseph Medical Center.

To register or for more information contact Mary Martin, LCSW Shaunda Albert, MSW, LAC, CRC, St. Joseph Medical Center CSKT Vocational Rehabilitation
At (406) 883-8914 (406) 675-2700 or email or

Trauma Resiliency Model, Level 1 training set for September 23-25
MISSOULA — The Trauma Resource Institute will host a Trauma Resiliency Model, Level 1 training on September 23-25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Payne Family Native American Center, Room 112 on the University of Montana Campus. Trainers are Dana Eisenberg, LCSW & Marina Compean, LCSW.

Class cost is $450 (additional $10 for CEUS).

The Trauma Resource Institute is pleased to offer group discounts, and an individual scholarship program. For more information please call Deenise Kosct at 408-315-6499 or email to

Breastfeeding documentary shows on September 23
ST. IGNATIUS — The Breastfeeding Coalition of the Mission Valley and The Nest are hosting a showing of the film “The Milky Way” on Friday, September 23 at 10:30 a.m. This film, which runs 93 minutes long, is a documentary about breastfeeding in the United States, and has won several awards at film festivals across the country.

Two breastfeeding support groups are held each month at The Nest: the second Monday of the month and the fourth Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The groups are very informal, and snacks and door prizes are provided at every meeting. The Nest is located at 410 St. Mary’s Drive.

The Breastfeeding Coalition of the Mission Valley is comprised of volunteers who are passionate about breastfeeding. Monthly meetings are held in Polson. For more information, contact Amy Tall Bull at 745-3757 or email

Legionnaire meeting set for September 24
COLUMBIA FALLS — Mr. Michael Shepard, Commander of American Legion Post #72 in Columbia Falls, said about 60 Legionnaires and members of the Auxiliary are expected to attend the Fall meeting of District No. 4 on Saturday, September 24 at the Cedar Creek Lodge.

Mr. Shepard said there are about 1100 Legionnaires in District No. 4. The Posts are located in Thompson Falls, Columbia Falls, Eureka, Bigfork, Libby, St. Ignatius, Whitefish, Polson, Charlo, Paradise, Kalispell, Ronan, and Troy.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at Cedar Creek Lodge located at 930 Second Ave W.  At 10 a.m. the Department program will begin.    

A joint banquet will begin at noon with Department Vice Commander Larry Dobb of Great Falls as guest speaker. 

The Legion business meeting will begin at 1:10 p.m. at Cedar Creek Lodge.  District Commander Jack Fay of Ronan will conduct the Legion meeting. The District President, Mary Beth Stroklund of Libby will conduct the Auxiliary meeting.

Garage sale set for September 24
POLSON — A multi-family garage sale is scheduled for Saturday, Sept 24, at the United Methodist Church at 301 16th Ave. East. Doors will open at 8 a.m. and close at 3 p.m. Coffee and cinnamon rolls will be available for purchase.

Call 883-6161 or 883-4015 with questions.

Family garage sale set for Sept. 24
POLSON — A multi-family garage sale is scheduled for this Saturday, Sept 24, at the United Methodist Church at 301 16th Ave. East. The sale includes household goods including picture frames, birdhouses and much more. Doors open at 8 a.m. and close at 3 p.m. Coffee and cinnamon rolls will be available for purchase.

Call 883-6161 or 883-4015 with questions.

Spaces available for EMT class
PABLO — Salish Kootenai College has space available for a few individuals interested in becoming an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

For application information please contact Valerie J. Johnson, Allied Health Department Head, at Salish Kootenai College by calling 275-4847 or by e-mail at

EMT classes begin September 26.

Hunter Education Class scheduled for Ronan
From MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks
RONAN — A Hunter Education Class is scheduled for Ronan at the Westland Seed Shooting Range classroom from Tuesday September 27-Friday, September 30, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The address is 36272 Round Butte Road. The field course is Saturday October 1, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All students must register online (Register online at, click education) When registering, students will note specific information and guidelines for the course included in the online posting.

Instructors are Shawn Morgan and Matt Wenzel. Shawn’s phone number is 406-309-4545. The store’s phone number is: 406-676-4100.

Learn about the National Bison Range on September 29
 POLSON — “Restoration of the National Bison Range to Federal Trust Ownership for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes” by Brian Upton will be Mission Mountain Audubon’s next educational program on Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m. in the Polson Library Meeting Room.

Brian Upton, a CSKT attorney, as well as other staff will be on hand to discuss the Tribes’ draft legislation to restore the National Bison Range land to federal trust ownership for CSKT, with requirements for continued bison and wildlife conservation and continued public access. The staff will also discuss some of the related history and background at the National Bison Range.

Senate Youth Program accepting applicants
From MT Office of Public Instruction
HELENA — Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau announced that the United States Senate Youth Program is now seeking applicants for the program’s 55th annual Washington Week.

Each year, two Montana high school students are selected by Superintendent Juneau to spend an all-expense paid week in Washington, D.C. learning about the importance of our democracy and civic engagement. Those students also receive a $10,000 scholarship to the college of their choice.

“Each year, I’m honored to select two of Montana’s future leaders to represent our state in Washington, D.C.,” Superintendent Juneau said. “These juniors and seniors are outstanding students, community members and leaders who are interested in pursuing a career in public service.”

The United States Senate Youth Program was established by the Senate in 1962 and is funded by The Hearst Foundations. Former Montana Senator Mike Mansfield was one of the original sponsors of the senate resolution meant to increase civic participation among young Americans.

Superintendent Juneau will select two students in mid-December. The deadline to apply is Oct. 3.

For more information, interested students should contact their high school principal or Tobie Liedes, Program Coordinator, Montana Office of Public Instruction, at (406) 444-2417 or e-mail

Watercolor painting raffle tickets available
ARLEE — Killdeer Artisans’ Guild’s summer fundraiser is a raffle.  Jim Boot, well-known for his skillful and imaginative woodworking, is becoming increasingly known for his watercolors.  See these watercolors at Hangin’ Art Gallery in Arlee, and buy chances to own his donated painting, “Patchy Valley Fog With Chance of Bull.” Framed Dimensions are 21 x 19”, and retail value is $450.

You have until October 1. Winner need not be present for the drawing. The winner will pick the work up at the gallery, or pay to ship.

Chances may be purchased for $2 per chance or 15 chances for $20 and are available at the Gallery. Montana residents may purchase chances online at Non-residents may call the gallery at (406) 746-5005 for information.

The Nest to host second annual fall fest on October 9
CHARLO — The Nest is hosting its second annual “Fall Fest to Feather The Nest” on Sunday, October 9, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Allentown Restaurant at Ninepipes Lodge. Music will be provided by JIMnI, and there will be games for the kids and family, a wonderful buffet supper, a silent auction with lots of amazing items, a couple presentations, and our homemade pie auction to close the day.

Advance tickets for this fundraiser are $50/pair or $30 each; free admission to children under 12 who are accompanied by adults. There are a limited number of tickets, so reserve your spot by calling 745-3757, or sending a check to The Nest, PO Box 726, St. Ignatius, MT 59865.

All proceeds will go towards operating expenses for The Nest, a transitional home in Lake County/on the Flathead Reservation with supportive services for pregnant and parenting young women who wish to raise their children in a safe and secure environment while they are learning the job and life skills they need to lead a happy and fulfilling life.

The Nest is located at 410 St. Mary’s Drive in St. Ignatius. For more information, contact Executive Director Jenifer Blumberg at

Theatre season begins in Ronan
RONAN — Be prepared for the upcoming theatre season at the Ronan Performing Arts Center. In the forefront will the first play of the season; “My Fair Limey” presented by the Ronan Middle School Theatre classes. This will be held on October 10 and 11 in the Center. All tickets will be sold at the door for $5 each, with children under Grade 1 free.

The play will be a spin-off of the Shaw classic “My Fair Lady”. Instead of England, the play will be set in Wildcat Crossing, a lil’ old town in the West. In the play, Barclay Mellonford has one problem; no one can understand a word he says! So, Dixie a spunky, tough talking cowgirl, thinks she can learn him how to talk like real folk. With a surprise ending that’ll leave you pleased as punch, this new spin on an old yarn is sure to be your cup of tea!

Join the Big Read during September
POLSON — North Lake County Public Library invites everyone to take part in the BIG READ.

The library is partnering with Missoula Public Library for the event, which encourages communities to read and discuss the same book.

The adult book selection is LOVE MEDICINE by Louise Erdrich. After reading the book, all participants are invited to attend the related events at the library:

• Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m: Local book talk facilitator Barbara Swanson will lead a community discussion about LOVE MEDICINE.
• Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m: Kate Shanley, a professor with the University of Montana’s Native American Studies Department, will lead a program discussing literature and issues related to LOVE MEDICINE.
The children’s BIG READ book selection is THE MUD PONY by Caron Lee Cohen.
• Saturday, September 24, from 11 a.m. to noon: Youth Services Librarian Kendra Mullison will offer a kids’ program centered on this picture book.
All events will be in the library meeting room at #2 First Ave. E. For more information, please call the library’s circulation desk at 406-883-8225.

The Big Read is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Missoula Public Library, and the staff at North Lake County Public Library.

SAFE Harbor Art Auction and Celebration 2016 set for October 22
RONAN — SAFE Harbor’s Annual Art Auction and Celebration is just around the corner on October 22 at the Ronan Community Center. The event is a time for community partners from across the region to share their creations, talents and services to help raise awareness and financial support. At the gala, both a live and silent auction take place with original artwork, jewelry, quilts, pottery, carving, sculptures and photography. Special baskets are also auctioned that include lodging, movie passes, theater tickets, concert tickets, travel, dishware, dinner coupons, service vouchers and a variety of other house wares.

For over 20 years, SAFE Harbor has served Northwest Montana, providing shelter, safety, nurturing, and healing to the survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and others in need. It operates the only domestic violence shelter between Missoula and Kalispell, serving all of Lake County and the Flathead Reservation. The organization offers advocacy, counseling, financial support, group therapy, legal assistance, education, outreach, transportation, crisis intervention, a 24-hour a day hotline, household assistance, training, transitional housing and resource referrals. In the last year, the group provided assistance to over 600 primary clients, with more than 1500 shelter nights, 7000 crisis line calls, over 150 with legal services and transportation more than 600 times. 

At this time, SAFE Harbor is looking for donations of art, goods and services. Sponsorships are also available for the evening and for tables. For further information, call 676-9242.