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Halladay Quist to perform
RONAN — Big Productions presents Halladay Quist and the Highliners who will perform at the Ronan Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m.

From her sultry and smooth to powerful and electric vocals, Halladay’s original music is gutsy, folk, rhythm and rock with lyrics that cut right to the heart of it.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door; under 18 is free. Purchase advance tickets at The Terrace and H&R Block in Polson, True Value and H&R Block in Ronan or call Trish at 883-3368.

Notices of upcoming Polson School Board meetings
POLSON — Special Board meeting will be held on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 1:00 p.m., and the regular Board meeting will be held on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. Both will be held at the District Office, at 111 4th Avenue East, in Polson.

Deadline for CSKT Higher Education Scholarships approaching
PABLO — This is the last notification for those applying for CSKT Higher Education Scholarships, the deadline is Friday, May 1, 2015.

If you have already turned in your application, thank you for your timeliness! If you are graduating and will not be turning in an application for next year, the Education Office will need a scanned copy of your degree/certificate.

For those needing an application, you can go to, and in the front page "Notices" you will find the link to the application and handbook.

Completed applications can be mailed to P.O. Box 278, Pablo, Montana 59855, or dropped of at the Tribal Complex in Pablo. Although our offices will be closed on Friday, May 1, Ms. Naomi Robinson will be in the lobby, downstairs of the main complex, to collect and stamp date applications for the work day.

Applications can also be faxed in until midnight of May 1, 2015 at (406) 275-2814. Applicants are encouraged to call 675-2700, ext. 1072, or email, with any questions.

SKC pow wow is coming up!
PABLO — The Salish Kootenai College's Spirit of the Bison student organization will be hosting the Annual Spring SKC Powwow and Graduation Honoring on May 8 and 9, with grand entries starting at Friday night, at 7:00 p.m., and continuing Saturday, at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., in the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center on the SKC campus.

Contest dancing is slated to begin Friday and includes Junior, Teen and Adult categories, as well as Golden Age. Drum pay is tentatively set for the first 10 registered drums, with dance specials to be announced. There will be concessions, vendors and raffles, with all proceeds going to helping with the powwow. Vendor space is limited so call today to reserve a spot.

The Spirit of the Bison will be taking requests from the public to sponsor a dance special or category. For more information or to reserve a table, contact Stormie Perdash at (406) 207-2444, or, or Allen Addison at (406) 275-4980, or This event is free and open to the public.

Meet the Arlee Celebration Committee
ST. IGNATIUS — The 2015 Arlee Celebration Committee meets every other Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Neil Charlo Building basement. The public is welcome. For more information, go to or contact committee members: Willie Stevens at (406) 270-6958; Alec Quequesah at (406) 273-1024; Gene Sorrell at (406) 261-5523; or Chaney Bell at (406) 212-9835.

TABE assessments are available at Salish Kootenai College
PABLO — Students entering Salish Kootenai College are required to take a TABE Assessment, which measures 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. The department is no longer located in the John Peter Paul Building, they are now across the street from the Big Knife Building, in 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).

Arlee Head Start open house
ARLEE — Please join CSKT's Early Childhood Services for their Head Start Program open house on Friday, April 24, 2015, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. The open house will be held at the Arlee Head Start building.

Apply community service hours towards court fines
PABLO — The CKST Public Defenders Office is organizing a community service day on Friday, April 24. Clients interested in having community service hours applied towards Tribal court fines should contact the Defenders office at 675-2700, ext. 1125, for more information. Lunch will be provided.

Save the date: “Methamphetime Use, Addiction and Family Recovery”
POLSON – On Friday, April 24, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., community members and services providers are invited to attend a presentation on meth in the Tribal Health Department Conference Room, in Polson.

Legal, and specifically, illegal categories of drugs that stimulate the central nervous system have been responsible for major problems worldwide for over 60 years. The addictive and illegal use of amphetamines, cocaine, ecstasy, and specifically methamphetamine has been responsible for major epidemics on virtually every inhabited continent on this planet.

This presentation will review some of the basic knowledge about this category of drugs, such as the acute and chronic long-term physical and psychological effects, and treatment skills in treating ATS (Amphetamine Type Substance) users. The development of the course of addiction to stimulants will be discussed and presented, as well as some of the recent research in stimulant abuse, dependency and re- covery.

The presenter, Sam Minsky, MA, LMFT, is a Senior Clinician, Trainer and Supervisor at the Matrix Institute On Addictions. For more information, contact Pearl YellowMan or Kim Azure at 745-3525.

"Coal Road to China" documentary to be shown at SKC
PABLO – A film on coal exports to Asia and the impacts it would have, here and around the globe, if the proposed Pacific Coast Terminals are approved and built will be shown on Monday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m., at the Johnny Arlee/Victor Charlo Theatre on the Salish Kootenai College campus.

It takes you to the Powder River Basin country in Montana and Wyoming. A grass roots production, "Coal Road to China" gets to the heart of the questions surrounding development of an Otter Creek coal mine and a Tongue River railroad in Montana. It then tells the larger story of what burning the coal would mean.

This visually powerful film was produced by Harold and Jan Hoem, who will be present to answer questions and provide an update on recent developments. The filmmakers spoke with ranchers, and Native Americans in the area. They also interviewed scientists, a former coal mine manager and physicians who spoke from their experience.

This is a non-partisan event sponsored by the Lake County Democrats. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Benefit spaghetti dinner for Donnie Henderson
PABLO — A benefit dinner for Arlee Volunteer Fire Department Chief Donnie Henderson will be held on Friday, May 1, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. in the Arlee School Cafeteria (new gym). Please bring a dessert for the silent auction.

Rita Couture Cannon memorial
ELMO — Everyone is cordially invited to share our mother, grandmother, auntie and friend, Rita Couture Cannon, with a memorial and give away. This event will be held on May 2, at noon, in the Elmo Community Hall. For more information, call (406) 249-5170.

Sacred Heart Parish Annual Bazaar
ARLEE — This year's annual bazaar will take place on May 3, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., in the church social hall. Plenty of refreshments will be on sale, such as indian tacos, pies, beverages, hot dogs, etc. There will be lots of family fun and events: including a raffle featuring a hand made quilt, cash prizes, and a box of barbecue steaks; door prizes, white elephant, crafts, kids games, and cake walks. Please come and help us make this a success. This is the only fundraiser Sacred Heart Parish holds. The church is located at 112 Taelman, in Arlee.

Helping Hands Fund Spring Music Festival to be held May 3
POLSON — Musicians from all of Lake County will join together for a Spring Music Festival Sunday, May 3, at 4 p.m., at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Polson. A spaghetti supper, prepared by the Knights of Columbus, will be served immediately following the festival in the church basement. Salads and desserts will be provided by participating churches.

The festival promises to be uplifting, spiritual and exciting for participants as well as for the audience. Music will be provided by ensembles, vocal or instrumental soloists, various choirs, including the Presbyterian Hand Bell Choir and Flathead Flute Choir, as well as the mass choir.

This concert replaces the Palm Sunday Choral Festival which had been held to raise funds for the Polson Ministerial Association Helping Hands Fund (HHF). A newly formed committee postponed the concert date in an effort to boost participation. HHF is an ecumenical project that provides emergency assistance to Lake County residents as well as to folks traveling through the area. Donations to the HHF will be accepted during the festival.

Direct questions to Toni 883-1676 or Valerie 883-4160.

See historic Fort Connah Trading Post come to life
EVARO — The Fort Connah Restoration Society will host an open house and rendezvous which depicts life during the fur trading era of Montana, Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10, on Mother's Day weekend. This is a great opportunity to bring Mom to see the 1846 historic Hudson's Bay Fort Connah Trading Post come to life! This event is free to the public and includes demonstrations of time-era activities, crafts and kids games. Main events will be held Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fort Connah is located 6 miles north of St. Ignatius, at mile marker 39 on Highway 93.

General information and trader/vendor set-ups, call Carolyn Corey/Preston Miller (406) 745-4336, email:

Information about camping/demonstrators contact: Chris Poloynis at (406) 214-0333, email:

RHS presents "Arsenic and Old Lace"
RONAN — Be prepared to be entertained as the Ronan High School Drama department presents a performance of the play “Arsenic and Old Lace”. General admission tickets only will be sold at the door the evening of the play. This performance will be presented at the Ronan Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. All seats will cost $5.00.

Community After-Tax Shred Day
POLSON – Community Bank, Division of Glacier Bank, joins together with Montana Senior Medicare Patrol and the Polson Police to host their 8th annual “Community After-Tax Shred Day”. This event is scheduled for Friday, May 15, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A free mobile shred truck will be on site at our Polson branch parking lot to shred two file sized boxes of your personal documents. The police department will also be on site to accept and safely dispose of any prescriptions and/or prescription bottles. Call Mandy at 883-0600, for more information.

Myrna Murphy memorial
RONAN — All family and friends are invited to a memorial and give away for Myrna Murphy at the Ronan Senior Citizens Center, from 2-5 p.m., on May 16. Dinner will be at 2 p.m. Memorial, remembrances and give away following dinner. For more information call Irene at (406) 261-7117.

Arlee High School reunion
ARLEE — Arlee High School graduates from the 1960's are invited to a reunion on June 27 and June 28, 2015, at Arlee High School. Graduates who are interested in more information or in attending can contact Carolyn at (406) 544-9458, or; or Valerie at (406) 883-4160, or

Host families needed for international exchange students
Host familes are needed for international exchange students for the 2015-16 school year for high school students, ages 16 and up. All are fluent in english and are pre-approved by the U.S. State Department. Placements can be for six (6) months, or a full school year.

It is a wonderful opportunity to break cultural stereotypes of native americans and share our culture with one another. Students come with their own pocket money and insurance; the host needs to provide a "welcome," a bed, and a place to study. You can request a male or female student from any of 21 countries. If you are interested, please contact area coordinator, Sandra Ashley at (406) 546-0969, or email You can also visit the CETUSA (Council for Educational Training, USA) website at:

Kootenai Language classes offered this Spring
PABLO — Join Ig Couture and Wayne McCoy at the Tribal Council Chambers Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. The Kootenai language classes are open to all interested, ages 12 and up. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the class. The classes will go through May 26.

The Spirit of Truth Church wants to get to know you
PABLO — Spirit of Truth Church (upci) located on 57816 Highway 93 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.Services are offered:
    • Sunday – 11 a.m. (fellowship after service)
    • Wednesday – 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (beginners Bible Study starts February 18)

Counseling is available by appointment (free to members).

For more information contact: Jeannine Padilla at: 552-9194, or Dr. Mingo Guerrero at: 837-2637 (home), or (707) 337-2645 (cell).

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, in room 220. They will be available 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: 675-2700, ext. 1313, 675-4137, or 253-0925.

3rd Annual Animal Care Expo and Cat Adoption event
COLUMBIA FALLS — Pet owners will have an opportunity to find a cat for adoption, get vaccines, and microchipping all at one location. The Flathead Spay and Neuter Task Force will be holding an event on Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Flathead Spay and Neuter Clinic, outside Columbia Falls.

Pet owners will be able to purchase dog/cat vaccines for $10 each, including a rabies vaccine. One-year rabies vaccines will be administered, unless the owners have proof of current vaccine, in which case they can get a three year rabies vaccine. Two licensed veterinarians will be there to administer the rabies vaccines and trained volunteers will administer the 3-way cat and 5-way dog vaccines, as well as the microchipping ($25 each).

All dogs need to be on a leash and all cats must be in carriers. Payment will be by cash or check only. Dogs and cats must be in good health and be at least eight weeks of age for vaccines.; animals must be three months of age for the rabies vaccine.

Wonderful cats will be available for adoption ($50 fee/barn cats are $40), including several older mellow kitties. There will be approximately 6-8 adult cats looking for forever homes. Pictures can be seen on the Task Force website at or Facebook page. All cats are altered, microchipped and current on vaccines.

Representatives from the Spay and Neuter Clinic will be on hand to discuss low cost spays/neuters that are geared towards helping low income pet owners and feral cat caretakers. Appointments are on a first come, first serve basis by calling the appointment line at 881-4500 (voicemail). The Clinic is located at 3491 Trumble Creek Rd., Columbia Falls (one mile west of Hwy. 2 and two miles south of Hwy. 40; south of the intersection with Hodgson Rd.). Contact the Clinic at 892-7387 for directions. For more information, contact Mimi at 261-5175.

Native American-inspired children art to be shown in May
POLSON — Sandpiper member Heather Holmes displays a multi-media collection of Native American inspired art from art classes she taught with Cherry Valley and Linderman Elementary students. Ledger art, totems, masks, mandalas and clay pots and sculptures will be displayed.

Show runs from May 16-30. Reception is Friday, May 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Come in and show your support of our children!