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District Meeting set for August 27
ST. IGNATIUS ¬— Tribal Council St. Ignatius Representative Patty Stevens will host a district meeting on Wednesday, August 27 at the Neil Charlo Building in St. Ignatius from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

PABLO — The Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority will be changing their hours of operation beginning September 1. Hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For after hour emergencies, please call Tribal Law and Order at 675-4700.

Salish Kootenai College Kicks Off Rodeo Club With A Horse Raffle
PABLO — Salish Kootenai College employees have worked to establish a rodeo club beginning this fall. In order to help students participate in this opportunity, Jerry Hamel has donated a beautiful two-year-old paint gelding to be raffled off at the Indian National Finals Tour Rodeo (INFTR) in Polson on August 23.

Tickets will be available during the INFTR in Polson. Tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50. Contact Nicole Stiffarm at Salish Kootenai College for more information (406) 210-1559.

Kicking Horse Job Corps to host an open house on August 27
RONAN — Kicking Horse Job Corps will host an Open House to commemorate 50 years of Job Corps on August 27.

If you aren’t familiar with Job Corps, low-income people ages 16-24 are able to earn a high school diploma or equivalent and career training in one of more than 100 career training areas for free. KHJC is one of 125 Job Corps centers nationwide. This Open House will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SAFE Harbor Art Auction set for October 11
RONAN — Each year, SAFE Harbor has its Annual Art Auction and Celebration when community partners from across the region share their creations, talents and services to help raise awareness and financial support.

SAFE Harbor has the only shelter between Missoula and Kalispell, while also providing legal assistance, crisis intervention, counseling, transportation, outreach, education and housing support. Last year SAFE Harbor assisted more than 1,000 primary and secondary clients while also providing over 5500 shelter nights.

This year’s event is October 11 at the Ronan Community Center. 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.

SAFE Harbor is currently seeking sponsorships, auction items and those who might be interested in serving as a table captain.

If you or someone you know has something to share or would like further information please contact us at (406) 676-9242 or at (406) 676-0800.

2014 Michael Cooper Basketball Camp announced
PABLO — Former All American Shoni Schimmel, from the Louisville Lady Cardinals, will be the special guest speaker at the 2014 Michael Cooper Basketball Camp, October 4 and 5, at the Salish and Kootenai College Joe McDonald gym.

Schimmel was also draft seventh overall in this year's WNBA draft last April and played her high school basketball at Franklin High School, in Portland, Oregon.

Cooper will also offer a one-day coaches clinic on Friday, October 3, from 5-7 p.m. and is open to all high school and middle school men and women basketball coaches. Cooper was a five time World Champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, from 1979-1990. Cost is $85, which includes dinner that evening at the KwaTaqNuk Resort, in Polson.

For more information about the clinic and Cooper camp, call Monty Morengo at (406) 212-1699.

Sports physicals available at Tribal Health clinics
ST. IGNATIUS — Sports physicals are available at Tribal Health and Human Services Department clinics.

The physicals are required by the Montana High School Association before students can participate in high school sports. Pre-high school athletes are also required to get a physical.

To schedule a sports’ physical in your area contact your closest THHS clinic.

THHS clinics phone numbers – Arlee: 726-3224; St. Ignatius: 745-3525; Ronan: 676-8778; Polson: 883-5541; and Elmo: 849-5798.

Native Arts Market begins
POLSON — The first Native Arts Market will be held will be held very Saturday until the end of September (depending on weather.) It will be held at 51573 Highway 93 (between Walmart and Safeway), in Polson.

To participate as a vendor, please contact Mignon Harris 824-0204. There is no cost for vendors.

Noon meals return to Indian Senior Centers
The Indian Senior Centers are open again for their regular noon meals for seniors in Polson and Ronan on specific days listed below. The Centers had been closed for a few weeks due to a lack of a new cook.
   · The Ronan Senior Center has its noon meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

   · The Polson Senior Center has its noon meals on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Mission Valley Animal Shelter summer hours
POLSON — For your convenience the shelter will be open till 6 p.m. on Thursdays during the months of June, July and August.

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, room 220, 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: (406) 675-2700 ext. 1313, (406) 675-4137 or (406) 253-0925 to keep up with the benefit changes.

TABE assessments are available at Salish Kootenai College
PABLO — Students entering Salish Kootenai College are required to take a TABE Assessment, which measures your basic skills in Math, Reading, and Language.

TABE tests are given every Monday at 11:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at 9 a.m., by the Department of Academic Success on the SKC campus. The Department of Academic Success is no longer in the John Peter Paul Building, they are now across the street from the Big Knife Building, Building #58.

SKC encourages locals to take the assessment early to beat the rush of new students entering the new quarter.

For further information, contact the Department of Academic Success at 275-4986 or 275-4868.

Summer hours for North Lake County Public Library
POLSON — Summer hours have begun at North Lake County Public Library, and are as follows:

   10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Monday through Friday
   11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Saturday

Closed Sundays and holidays.

Evening hours will resume in September. The library is located at #2 First Avenue East, in Polson.

The People's Center seeks instructors
PABLO — The People's Center Education Program is seeking instructors for upcoming classes and activities:
   • Bustle construction
   • Dance outfit construction (men’s and women’s, kids)
   • Family night events: Mini bustles, mini headdress, and other activities families can do together. Drumming and singing with dance steps for little ones.

If you are interested in teaching/instructing call Marie at 675-0160 (Monday-Thursday).