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Arlee District Meeting set for Feb. 20
ARLEE — An Arlee District meeting is set for February 20 starting 6 p.m. at the Arlee Community Center with dinner. Topics include: Multi Use Highway 93 Path; Wrapped in Hope Project; S&KG update; and TUPS plan comments.

Contact Shelly Fyant at 546-5633 for information.

St. Ignatius District meeting set for February 22
ST. IGNATIUS — Tribal Councilwoman Patty Stevens will hold a St. Ignatius District Meeting on February 22 at the Tribal Health Diabetes Conference Room from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dinner will be provided.

Dixon District meeting set for February 28
A Dixon District meeting is set for February 28 at 6:30 p.m. Dinner provided.  If you need a ride from Dixon Agency, please call Anita at 214-6996.

Mission Valley Power moves to four-day work week
PABLO — Mission Valley Power (MVP) is returning to this work schedule to provide customers with the opportunity to do their business before or after their work shift. The time change will allow a greater opportunity for most Contractors to interact with MVP during these months.

Days we will be open are Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Our first day of operation on ten-hour shifts will be February 27.

Mission Valley Power knows this will allow customers a new time to access and interact with MVP. We continue to see cost and energy savings with our four day work week. These savings will be shared with the customers by maintaining our low rates, and doing our part in saving energy.

Remember: You can contact us by phone at 883-7900 during our work schedule, make payments by calling 877-779-7947, drop payments at all MVP drop boxes or Valley Banks locations within our service area, as well as contact us at 883-7972 for after hour emergencies.

Homebuyer Education class
PABLO — The Flathead Finance Program and the Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority (SKHA) invite you to join the Homebuyer Education class! Class will be held in the SKHA boardroom on February 17, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and all necessary materials will be provided.

This class is free of charge and is open to everyone interested in homeownership, refinancing, remodeling or building your dream home.

This is a certified class, and to receive a certificate you must be in attendance all day! Please R.S.V.P. by calling 675-4491, ext. 1517, or e-mail

Ice fishing class for women February 17 and 18
From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

KALISPELL — The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is sponsoring an ice fishing class on February 17 and 18.

With modern gear, ice fishing is fun, safe and comfortable. This class is for beginning or intermediate female anglers who want to learn the basics or improve their fishing skills. Participants must attend the evening class on February 17 at the FWP Region 1 office in Kalispell. Fishing on the ice will take place Saturday morning, February 18, at a location near Kalispell. Participants do not need a fishing license as this class has been issued a license exemption. The class fee is $15 and all ice fishing equipment and supplies will be provided if needed.

For more information and to register call Liz Lodman 406-444-9940; or email Liz Lodman at: Registration forms are available at the Region 1 FWP office or on the FWP web site at under Becoming an Outdoors-Woman.

Weekend Wigglers starts on Feb. 18
POLSON — Starting February 18, North Lake County Public Library will host a new program called Weekend Wigglers, featuring books, crafts, games, and fun for all. This one-hour activity for school-aged kids will be held every other Saturday from 2-3 PM in the library meeting room.

“Weekend Wigglers is a Family Story Hour,” says Kendra Mullison, the library’s Youth Services Librarian. “We encourage parents to come and be hands-on in the process.”

Each program will be based on the week’s Story Time theme. Themes for the next several months will highlight books by popular author Jane Yolen. Music and stretches will be added.

For more information, stop by the library at #2 First Avenue East, call 406-883-8225, or follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

What employers expect of you? Find out on February 21
PABLO — Please join us at the Johnny Arlee Victor Charlo Theatre for an employer panel discussion on “Expectations in the Work Place and Perspectives on Social Media” on Tuesday, February 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

Local area Human Resource Managers in five different industries will speak and engage with the audience.

CS&KT Communications Director, Robert McDonald, will moderate the event. The panel discussion is being held in conjunction with the SKC Career Fair that will also be taking place all day from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring a friend!

Enjoy a meal and community friendship on February 22
The St. Ignatius Christian Missionary Alliance is hosting the monthly FREE Community Dinner on Weds, February 22 at the St. Ignatius Community Center. Dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to come eat a home-cooked dinner. Any questions, please contact Jason Jury 360-0563 or Kimimi Ashley 273-8203.

Gulf/Afghanistan Wars Veterans recognition committee planning meeting set
PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are going to honor the military service of its members’ participation in the Gulf and Afghanistan Wars this summer. The event — currently in its planning stages — will be in Pablo at the Veterans Memorial in the Tribal Complex. To that end, the Gulf/Afghanistan War Veterans Recognition Committee will be holding a planning meeting Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Tribal Council Chambers.

The meeting is open to the public and they — and especially Veterans — are cordially invited to participate.

For more information, contact Laurence Kenmille at 675-2700, ext. 1085, or Bernie Azure at 675-2700, ext. 1315.

Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife Board to Meet February 22
KALISPELL — The Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife Board will meet on Wednesday, February 22 beginning at 10 a.m. at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Headquarters on Meridian Road in Kalispell. Board Chairman Terry Tanner invites all interested persons to attend. The agenda is listed below:
     10 a.m. Call Meeting to Order

Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes
     10:15 a.m.    Plan all 2017 meeting dates
     10:30 a.m.    Enforcement Reports       
            10:30 Tribes
            11 State
            11:30 USFWS
            12 p.m. New Business
     12:15 p.m Public Comment
     12:30 p.m.    Adjourn

The Advisory Board is composed of tribal and state members and a representative of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife service. The Board is advisory to the State and Tribes and is responsible for the development of cooperative management plans which include fishing and bird hunting regulations.

Interested persons can get more information by calling Germaine White at 883-2888, or John Fraley at FWP at 751-4564 by sending email to or

Late Louis Charlo honored on February 23
POLSON — Lake County Marine and Native American Louis C. Charlo, descendant of the famous Salish Chief Charlo will be honored at the monthly 4th Thursday free program, “Night at the Museum” at the Miracle of America Museum on February 23 at 6:30pm.

Coincidentally, this date is the anniversary of the conquest of Mt. Suribachi in 1945, the highest point on Iwo Jima. The Marine Commanding General would say of Charlo, “His contribution was instrumental in raising the flags that inspired thousands of Marines to keep on fighting to ultimate hard won victory.”

The museum program will conclude with the showing of “The Sands of Iwo Jima” starring John Wayne. Treats and donations are welcome. Questions? 883-6804 or 270-7895.

Learn how childhood trauma affects community on March 8
RONAN — The Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition’s annual Potluck Series – Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Mind – is set for Wednesday, March 8 at 6 p.m. at The Ronan Indian Senior Citizens Center across from the Dairy Queen.

Bring a dish to share before the presentation at 6:45 by Lisa Koble, LCSW: Childhood Trauma: What it Means Long-Term. Koble will lead a discussion on childhood trauma and resiliency. Afterwards, there will be a discussion panel on how this is affecting our community.

FRHRC is a 501c3 non-profit organization providing educational events to promote the broadest possible community acceptance of the multi-cultural nature of this community and celebrates the positive benefits of living together in such a community.

For more info call 745-4259.

Cancer Support Group meets regularly in Polson
From Cheerful Heart, Inc

POLSON — A support group for anyone affected by cancer meets regularly from noon to 1 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the First United Methodist Church located at 301 16th Ave. East.

Cheerful Heart, an organization of volunteers who provide non-medical services for cancer patients in Lake County since 2002, sponsors the support group.

The group welcomes those recently diagnosed, those undergoing treatment, cancer survivors, and/or family members. Folks can bring a brown bag lunch or join others for lunch at a local eatery at 1 p.m. The aim of the group is to provide a warm and safe place for people to share questions, treatment plans, research, frustration, thoughts and/or experiences. Confidentiality is practiced within the group, and anything spoken in the group stays with the group.  Gatherings are informal allowing folks to drop-in when schedules and life permits.

Leaders are Linda Roberts, 883-2337, and Sheila Conner, 676-0146. For more information about Cheerful Heart, Inc. checkout or call for information at 883-3070.