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Ronan and Pablo Districts meeting on September 19
PABLO – The Ronan and Pablo Districts will meet on Friday, September 19, from 12-3 p.m., in the Tribal Council chambers, New Tribal Complex, Pablo. Lunch will be provided.

A day of remembering Patsy Miller
RONAN — Please join us in remembering Patsy Miller on Saturday, September 13, at 1 p.m. The potluck will be held at the Tribal Senior Citizens Center in Ronan. For more information, please call 241-4308.

Celebrate lookout and firefighters on September 13
ST. IGNATIUS — A pig roast to honor lookout personnel and firefighters of the Flathead Reservation will be held on September 13 starting at 2:30 p.m. at the home of Kathy Felsman on Old Frieght Rd. west of St. Ignatius.

Bring your own chairs, and please, no alcohol.

For more information, call 676-2849.

Lake County Republic Women meeting set for September 15
POLSON — Michelle Wood, Lake Country Superintendent of Schools, will be speaking at the Monday, September 15 meeting of the Lake County Republican Women being held at the Polson Rural Fire Dept. building on Regatta Road near the airport. The meeting begins at noon and adjourns at 1 p.m.

Her topic will be the Common Core standards as they are being adopted by Lake County schools. She will be presenting an overview of the standards from an educator’s standpoint and hopes to clarify some of the misconceptions about the program. There will be time allocated for questions from the audience.

Before becoming Lake County Superintendent of Schools, she was a school counselor in the Ronan school district. Prior to that, she spent several years as an elementary school classroom teacher. She also has worked with her husband with their small business.

Anyone interested in learning about Common Core is encouraged to attend as the purpose of the meeting is to provide information to the general public about Common Core.

Arlee Celebration Committee meeting
ST. IGNATIUS — Wednesday, September 17, 7 p.m. in the Neil Charlo Building basement conference room in St. Ignatius.

Annual Fall Medicine Tree visit announced
The Salish Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee (SPCC) has schedule the Annual Fall Medicine Tree visit for Thursday, September 18, 2014. The SPCC staff will leave the Longhouse at 9 a.m. and anticipate being at the tree by 12 p.m.

SPCC will also would like to let the public know of the Annual Stevensville Pilgrimage on Sunday, September 21, 2014 with mass starting at 2 p.m. (lunch following).

If you have questions about either event please contact the SPCC office at: 675-2700, ext. 5300, or contact Tony Incashola directly at:

Seminar to answer questions about radiation
PABLO — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) invites you to a FREE 2 Day Seminar on Radiation Effects, Uranium and NRC’s Regulations pertaining to the National Environmental Policy Act at Salish Kootenai College in the Late Louie Caye, Sr. Cultural Building on September 22-23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In Response to Requests made in Recent NRC Hosted Public Meetings, the NRC is conducting a Series of Educational Seminars to Provide Tribes with Information on Issues that may have Direct Effects on Tribal Health and Safety

Have questions? Want Answers? Understanding?
   • What is radiation?
   • What is radiation contamination and how is it different from radiation exposure?
   • What is uranium recovery?

For questions or inquires, email to; please RSVP at:

For planning purposes, please RSVP. RSVP is not required; walk-ins are welcome!

“Paws & Pints” and “Cat/Griz Showdown” to benefit Mission Valley Animal Shelter
POLSON — The Mission Valley Animal Shelter has announced a new fundraiser to benefit the shelter, “Paws & Pints”, to be held on Thursday, September 25 at 5:30 pm at the Glacier Brewing Company.

Tickets to the event are $25 and one free pint glass (filled!) will be handed out. There will be a silent auction of prints from local artists and live music is being provided by Gladys Unplugged. A hot “dog” dinner will be available.

According to Shelter vice-president Sharon Hawke, “We think this event will be a lot of fun and encourage everyone to come check it out. There will be drawings for some fantastic door prizes as well. All proceeds benefit the animal shelter.”

Tickets are being sold at the shelter on North Reservoir Road and Seconds 2 Go, Polson. Tickets may also be obtained from any member of the Board of Directors of MVAS and will be available at the door.

In addition to the Paws and Pints fundraiser, the shelter is also conducting its Cat/Griz Showdown. “We have some wonderful collars and leashes featuring either University of Montana or Montana State University for sale available right now at the shelter and at our thrift store, Seconds 2 Go. The merchandise will be available for sale at the Paws & Pints event. Show your loyalty to your team and get bragging rights at the Cat/Griz game on November 22, 2014, for the most collars and leashes sold. Outfit your 4-legged friends in this stylish apparel to show your support of both your school and the animal shelter,” Hawke added.

Mission Valley Animal Shelter is a privately-funded animal shelter for dogs and cats which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Its annual budget is approximately $250,000, all of which must be raised through donations, fundraising events and operations, since it receives no governmental funding of any kind. MVAS also operates a thrift store, Seconds 2 Go, in Polson to provide funds for its animal shelter operations.

For more information, call the Shelter at 883-5312 or visit the Shelter’s Facebook page at Mission Valley Animal Shelter. To view dogs and cats available for adoption, please view

North Lake County Public Library's "Read an eBook Day"
POLSON — North Lake County Public Library will be celebrating “Read an eBook Day,” on Thursday, September 18. Everyone is encouraged to join in the fun. This worldwide digital reading event is designed to raise awareness for eBooks.

To get started, you’ll need an active library card and an Internet connection. If you haven’t already placed "OverDrive" on your device, you’ll need to download it. OverDrive allows access to free electronic books and audiobooks from the library’s digital collection.

Go to, where you can find the OverDrive applications (click on “Applications” at the bottom of the page), access your account, and then download any eBook of your choice.

Then share your eReading experience with OverDrive on Twitter or Facebook by employing the hashtag #eBookDay. Comments can also be made at Throughout the day, OverDrive will be giving away tablets and devices in honor of the occasion. By sharing your story, you can be entered to win one of the hourly drawings.

Questions can be directed to North Lake County Public Library’s technology trainer. Please call the circulation desk at: 883-8225, or visit the library at: #2 First Avenue East, in Polson.

Free shoot day by Polson Shooters Association
POLSON — The Polson Shooters Association will be holding a free shoot day at their range at 38386 Kerr Dam Road, Polson, on Saturday, September 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The public is invited to come out and check out our range, sight in your rifle for hunting season, and /or shoot your pistols. We will be serving hot dogs and hamburgers so come out to the range and have some shooting fun and meet some our staff.

For more information, call Rob StClair at 883-1110, or 270-8886.

Free Compassionate Communication Workshops available
Free training in nonviolent communication for families, couples, teachers, work situations and law enforcement will be available. Trainers are Patrick Marsolek and Aimee Ryan. 6 OPI renewal credits, POST COURSE CREDIT, 6 Early Childhood Project and SWP/MFT/LAC CEU’s and 1.5 SKC CEU’s. Trainings will be September 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mission Valley UMC, top of Post Creek Hill; and October 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at SKC, Camas Room.

Light lunch will provided.

Pre-register at 745-4259. Community participation of all ages is welcomed. Workshops sponsored by Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition, Inc. with a grant from the Oleta “Pete” Smith Foundation.

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.

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.

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).