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Dixon District meeting set for Wednesday, May 24
A Dixon District meeting is set for May 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dixon School Community Building. Topics include Dixon Agency Water Update and Aquatic Species (AIS) presentation. Dinner will be provided.

Flagger Training Classes available
PABLO — The Indian Preference Office has a flagger’s training class schedules for May 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the New Complex Council Chambers.

To sign up call the Indian Preference Office and ask for Tara or Maggie.

Memorial Feast set for May 20
To all family and friends of Louis Wilbur and Raymond Louis Adams, whom have been there for us throughout our lifetime, please join us at the Valley Creek family home on May 20 for a Memorial Feast, beginning at 1 p.m. Rain or Shine!

Salish Kootenai Housing Authority hours change May 22
PABLO — The Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority will be changing their hours of operation beginning May 22.  SKHA hours of operation will be from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  SKHA will be closed on Fridays but will have on-call personnel for any emergencies that may occur.  For after hour emergencies, please call Tribal Law and Order at 675-4700. 

SKHA will resume their normal hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday on September 11.

Harlequin ducks topic at audubon program on Monday, May 22
POLSON — John Ashley will present "A Harlequin Romance" for the next Mission Mountain Audubon's educational program on Monday, May 22 at 7 p.m. in the Polson Library Meeting Room.

Join professional photographer and wildlife biologist John Ashley as he follows Montana's mysterious harlequin ducks through their annual cycle, from coastal salt-water habitats to Montana's mountain streams and back again to the ocean. Where do "Montana's" harlequins spend the rest of their lives when they're not nesting here? How do breeding adults know where Montana is? How do juvenile harlequins born in Montana know where the coast is? How do pairs find each other when they reunite on the coast? And how did we learn what we know about this rare and secretive native duck? We'll explore all of these questions and more through story telling with 25 years' worth of video and photos, a soggy set of waders and a dry sense of humor.

John worked as a field biologist for many years, working to conserve California Condors, Bald Eagles, and his favorite -- Harlequin Ducks -- which he has studied for 25 years.

Free Internet Safety Class May 23
POLSON — North Lake County Public Library in Polson will host a free Internet Safety class on Tuesday, May 23, at 2 p.m. in the library meeting room. Library Specialist Heather Miles will present an overview of Internet security and how to stay safe online.

Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops or tablets to follow along. Library laptops will also be available for attendees who don’t have a device. Anyone of any age or skill level is invited to attend. Registration is required.

North Lake County Public Library is located at #2 First Ave. E. For more information or to sign up please stop by the circulation desk or call the library at 406-883-8225.

Lake County Democratic fundraiser set for May 24
RONAN — Come to a Lake County Democratic Fundraiser and Rally for Rob Quist on Wednesday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m. This Event will be held the night before the Special Election to replace Ryan Zinke. A delicious home cooked spaghetti dinner will be served. The cost is $25 per person.

To get to the North Crow Clubhouse, turn off of Highway 93 onto Old Highway 93 and go East on North Crow Road approximately 2 miles.

Spring Is Bustin’ Out All Over!
POLSON — An adult coloring program hosted by North Lake County Public Library will take place in the library meeting room on Wednesday, May 24. Two 90-minute sessions are offered at 2:30 p.m. and again at 5:30 p.m.

Piano instrumental music is on tap for the afternoon session and the Mission Valley Choral Society Small Ensemble will appear for a set of vocal selections in the evening.

The library provides coloring projects of all sizes, along with supplies and refreshments. Or, you may bring your own supplies. The library is located at #2 First Avenue East. Please call 883-8225 with questions.

Stanislaw Family Memorial Potluck set for May 28
HOT SPRINGS — Family and friends are invited to the memorial/potluck on May 28 at the Senior Center at 11 a.m.

Please bring old photos of your Stanislaw family and friends.

Suicide conversation set for May 26
ELMO — A community conversation to address suicide in the community will be at the Elmo Community Center on May 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and childcare will be provided. This is sponsored by Tribal Health and the Reason to Live Native youth suicide prevention program.

For more information, call MaryRose Morigeau at 745-3525 ext. 5097.

Western Montana not immune to sex trafficking
POLSON — Those of us living in western Montana may think our communities are far removed from the problems of sex trafficking. Grace Manchala, featured speaker at the Friday, May 26 meeting of the Lake County Pachyderm Club, will prove this is not the case. She has worked as an anti-trafficking activist in Montana since 2013 and was instrumental in the passage of a bill through the 2013 Montana legislature that increased the legal age a teenager is considered a victim. Since 2004 she has counseled sex traffic victims and collaborated and coordinated with pastors, lawyers, law enforcement and the families of victims in several Asian countries and the U.S. to raise awareness of the reality of this issue.

The meeting will be held at the Polson Rural Fire Department building on Regatta Road near the fairgrounds beginning at noon and adjourning at 1 p.m. Anyone interested in learning about this societal threat is welcome to attend.

Mission Valley Honor Guard hosts Memorial Day Services
ARLEE — The Mission Valley Honor Guard will be having Memorial Day services on Monday May 29 at 10 a.m. at the Arlee Jocko Cemetery, 11 a.m. at St. Ignatius Pleasant View Cemetery, and 11:30 a.m. at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery. For questions call Homer Courville at 406-270-7198 or JC Courville at 406-210-4493.

Families invited to People’s Center dance circle

The People’s Center Dance Performance Circle will be Wednesday’s starting June 7 through August 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Informal Meal provided. Families invited.

Community Yard Sale set for June 17
ARLEE — The Arlee Brown Building committee is sponsoring a community yard sale June 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Table or space rent is $15 and space will be available in the old fire hall and Brown Building. A Brown Building Happy Meal, which includes choice of hamburger or hot dog, drink, cookie and chips, will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 .pm. for $5. For more information or to rent a space, call Paula Wofford at 726-3227 or email at Vendors must remove any unsold items at the end of the day.

2017 Séliš QÍispé Language and Culture Camp set for June 12-16
ST. IGNATIUS — The Séliš QÍispé Culture Committee (SQCC) 2017 Language and Culture Camp is set for June 12 to 16.

If you or your department would like to help or you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chaney Bell at 745-4572, ext. 5309 or

Aber Day Reunion concert set for August 12
POLSON — Aber Day Reunion Concert is set for August 12 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Regatta Shoreline Amphitheater on the banks of the Flathead River.

Bands include Mission Mountain Wood Band, Sam Riddle, Andrea Harsell and Luna Roja

This event is family friendly; food and beer and wine vendors will be on site. Free parking. Dry camping available. No animals except service dogs. No coolers or glass containers. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Bus pickup at various to be announced locations.

Partners are Anderson Broadcasting, University of Montana Alumni Association, and Missoula Liquid Assets Corp. (MLAC).

This is a non-profit event with proceeds distributed to area non-profits by Anderson Broadcasting Charitable Foundation. Application forms will be available.

Tickets are available May 1 at the UM Alumni Association at