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District meeting set for February 25
ST. IGNATIUS — Patty Stevens, Mission District Council Representative, is holding her Monthly District Meeting on Wednesday, February 25 at 6:30 P.M. in the downstairs conference room of the Neil Charlo Building in St. Ignatius. Food will be provided.

Per capita deadline is March 13 at 4:30 p.m.
PABLO — The deadline date for claims to be withheld from individuals’ April 1 per capita payment for judgments, child support and assignments is March 13 at 4:30 pm. Only those persons enrolled on or before this date will be eligible for the disbursement.

ALSO, if you have Direct Deposit and your bank account has closed, please inform the Enrollment Office in writing before the deadline date.

Mardi Gras comes to Polson
POLSON — Anderson Broadcasting and the KwaTaqNuk Casino & Resort will sponsor a Mardi Gras fundraiser for Safe Harbor on February 21 at the resort. Come and enjoy dinner and live music.

Tickets available by calling 883-3636.

Sandpiper Gallery invites all to "North, South, East & Wood" reception
POLSON — Sandpiper Gallery presents a Native American Invitational Show highlighting the works of Native American artists Dion Albert (birchbark), Sierra Pete (paintings), Ben Pease (paintings), and Louie Still Smoking (paintings). Come join us for a glass of wine as we welcome our guest artists and enjoy viewing this vibrant show.

Reception is Friday, February 27, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This show runs through April 4.

Sandpiper Gallery is currently accepting scholarship applications. If you are a Lake County resident enrolled to pursue an education in the arts, visit our website at for more information.

Montana legislators guest at meeting on February 27
POLSON — All interested citizens are invited to meet with Lake County legislators in Polson on Friday, February 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Community Room of the North Lake County Library, 2 First Avenue East.

Senator Janna Taylor, Representative Greg Hertz, and Representative Dan Salomon will be home for spring break from the Montana legislative session. This is an opportunity to meet them face-to-face, hear their report on key issues in the Montana Legislature, and share personal concerns on issues important to Lake County.

Lake County Republican Women will provide coffee and cookies. Everyone is welcome.

Pachyderm Meeting set for Friday, February 27
POLSON — Anyone interested in learning about developments up on the Ridgewater properties is invited to attend the meeting of the Lake County Pachyderm Club on Friday, Feb. 27 at the Polson Rural Fire Department Building on Regatta Road near the Polson fairgrounds. The business meeting begins at noon and adjourns at 1 p.m.

Mike Maddy, owner of the Ridgewater site, and Dennis Duty, a realtor involved with day to day operations, will share news of the hotel under construction, new restaurants, Kalispell Regional Hospital’s clinic, retail stores, and offices that are making Ridgewater the fastest growing area in Polson.

Social time begins at 11:30 a.m., and brown bag lunches are encouraged. Anyone interested in topics and issues pertinent to our community are cordially invited to attend.

Informational meeting about education report set for March 2
PABLO — The Ronan School District will host an information meeting to discuss information contained in the Mid-Year Education Report.

This meeting will provide information to the public and allow for an opportunity for public comment on information contained in the report. The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on March 2 at SKC in the Johnny Arlee/Victor Charlo Theater, Room 102.

Vietnam War revisited at free presentation on March 4
POLSON — Local veterans will offer a free public presentation at North Lake County Public Library on Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. The program will focus on the highly acclaimed book “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien. Everyone is welcome, and refreshments will be served.

The key speaker will be Sgt. Chuck Lewis, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran from Ronan.

“The Things They Carried” is a collection of stories about an American platoon in the Vietnam War. It is a classic work of American literature, and is considered one of the finest books of the era. The work is fictional, rather than being a traditional nonfictional historical account.

For more information, please call North Lake County Public Library at 406-883-8225 or stop by the circulation desk at #2 First Avenue East in Polson.

CSKT Early Childhood Services Is SEEKING 3 and 4 Year Old Children
PABLO — Early Childhood Services is seeking children for our 3- and 4-year-old Head Start classes in Pablo and Ronan. Children must have turned 3 by September 10.

Applications can be picked up at the ECS Admin. Office (behind Dairy Queen) in Ronan or you can print one from the Internet at

If you have turned in an application and have not been notified please call Doris. Any questions can be directed to Doris at 676-4509, ext. 6123.

Adopt a book
POLSON — During the month of February, North Lake County Public Library in Polson is offering its annual Adopt-a-Book program, an opportunity to “adopt” a children’s book and present it to the library’s collection. Community members can purchase a book to honor a special person or event, or to remember a loved one. Each hardback book is $14. After a book is purchased, a plaque will be inscribed and permanently placed inside. For more information, call the library at 883-8225 or stop by the circulation desk at #2 First Avenue East.

Meet with the Arlee Celebration Committee
ST. IGNATIUS — 2015 Arlee Celebration Committee will meet first Wednesday of every Month at 6 p.m. at the Long House. The public is welcome. For more info go to or you can contact committee members: Willie Stevens, 406-270-6958; Alec Quequesah, 406-273-1024; Gene Sorrell, 406-261-5523;Chaney Bell, 406-212-9835

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.

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.

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).

Spirit of Truth Church wants to get to know you
PABLO — Spirit of Truth Church (upci) located on 57816 Hwy 93 (The old All Red Paints building) is new to Pablo and 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.

– 11 a.m. (fellowship after service)
Wednesday – 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Beginners Bible Study starts February 18)

Counseling by appointments (free to members)

For more information contact: Jeannine Padilla 406-552-9194 or Dr. Mingo Guerrero, Home: 406-837-2637 or Cell: 707-337-2645.