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Applications available for 2016 - 2017 Miss Kootenai and Kootenai Warrior
ELMO — Applications for 2016 - 2017 Miss Kootenai and Kootenai Warrior are now available. Miss Kootenai and Kootenai Warrior will represent the Standing Arrow Powwow and the Kootenai Nation for the next year.

Eligible applicants must be enrolled in a federally recognized tribe and of Kootenai decent, ages 7 - 18, not married, and no children. Other requirements are listed on the application.

Please contact Colleen Tenas or Chrissie Ewing for more information: Chrissie Ewing at 406-871-6130 or Colleen Tenas at

Join the Sober Indian Riders on Saturdy, June 25
RONAN — 10th Annual Sober Indian Ride Poker Run is June 25 at the Ronan Senior Citizens Center to promote “Unity and Safety Thru Motorcycling”. Registration is 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cost is$10 per hand and includes BBQ or $5 for a plate. Payouts are $300, $200 and $100. Raffle Items and 50/50 drawing available.

All vehicles are welcome!

For more information contact Emery at (406) 241-7549 (for camping also) or Frank at (406) 871-6991.

Win prizes at Arlee Senior Center
ARLEE — The Arlee Senior Center has a raffle drawing in progress, with a number of nice door prizes donated by the Blackfoot Telecommunications Company.

We invite you stop in whenever the Center is open, and pick up a few $1 tickets. Join us for a delicious lunch and good company. These items are similar to some of the drawings they had at the Blackfoot Co-op meeting May 7. The odds of winning something nice are considerably greater here than they were at the meeting! (No trips or big bucks, however.)

Have a relaxed, safe and happy Fourth of July.

Lunches are served each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon, and the second and fourth Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. at the Arlee Senior Center. Take-out meals are available for those who qualify. Call 726-3213 to order your lunch or dinner. Menus for June 23 through June 29:

 Fri, June 24: Chef Salad, soup, rhubarb crisp
 Sat, June 25: BBQ chicken, baked beans, watermelon, special dessert
 Mon, June 27: Pork chop dinner
 Tur, June 28: LAST MAKE-UP MEAL, Ham & Cheese croissant, mac salad, fruit, and Cowboy Cookies.
 Wed, June 29: Beef stroganoff dinner, salad, fruit and dessert

Prepare to float the "Miracle of America" for Polson July 4th parade
POLSON — It’s time to get out the red, white and blue and start decorating that float for the 2016 Fourth of July Parade in Polson. This year’s theme is the “Miracle of America”. Parade organizers are encouraging groups and businesses to prepare a float, decorate vehicles or prepare a marching unit for this holiday celebration. Entry forms are available from the Polson Chamber of Commerce at 418 Main Street or online on the Polson Events calendar at Entry deadline is July 3.

The parade will begin at noon on July 4 at Cherry Valley Elementary School. Entrants will line up in front of the school, continue south on Second Street West and around behind Cherry Valley on Ninth Avenue. Parade officials will assign a number to each entry. Judges will select the winners of First, Second and Third places in various categories at Cherry Valley. All entrants are asked to line up no later than 11:15 am.

See new art work at the Hangin' Art Gallery starting July 2
Arlee — Killdeer Artisans’ Guild presents a new selection of works from established and emerging area artists, with opening reception Saturday, July 2, 12-2 PM, at Hangin’ Art Gallery & Café. This coincides with the Arlee Celebration Powwow. Discover a fascinating variety of art including paintings, sculpture, photography, fiber arts, jewelry, ceramics and woodworking.

This is your last opportunity to see the beautiful acrylic painting “Arlee Spring “ by Karl Stein that is being raffled off to help support the Gallery and get the ticket that will surely win you the painting.

The show will be open from June 20 through Sept. 16.

Refreshments will be provided – and the Gallery Café will have its usual fine soups, scones, breads, and desserts – all locally-sourced and freshly prepared.

For more information contact: Marti de Alva at
726-0021 or

Lake County School Transportation Committee to meet July 7
POLSON — The Lake County School Transportation Committee will be meeting Thursday, July 7 at 1:30 P.M. in the Large Conference Room of the Lake County Courthouse. Adjustments needed in bus routes for the upcoming school year will be discussed. Guests are welcome. Please contact Carolyn O. Hall, Lake County Superintendent of Schools, at 883-7262 for further information.

Per capita deadline is July 14
PABLO — The deadline date for claims to be withheld from individuals’ August 3 per capita payment for judgments, child support and assignments is July 14 at 5:30 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 or changed, please inform the Enrollment Office in writing before the deadline date.

Polson Mud Run seeks volunteers
POLSON — The Boys & Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation & Lake County are currently seeking volunteers to assist with their 3rd Annual Polson Mud Run this July 16 at 9 am at the Polson Fairgrounds to celebrate the opening of the Polson Cherry Festival.

Volunteer duties include setting up obstacles the week before the race, serving as obstacle guides during the run and cleaning up the Polson Fairgrounds after the race. The first 25 volunteers to sign up are eligible to run free and receive a free t-shirt.

If interested, please call Michal, Volunteer Coordinator, at (406) 370-8913 with the following information: Name, Phone Number, E-Mail Address, T-Shirt Size, Volunteer Preference and your Availability the week of July 9-16.

Thank you so much for your consideration.

Join the Bitterroot Community Peace Festival on July 16
HAMILTON — The Bitterroot Committee for Peace is proud to present the 1st annual Bitterroot Community Peace Festival July 16 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the American Legion Park at the corners of Second and State Streets. Featuring guest speakers, musicians and dance groups, this is an FREE event for the whole family devoted to enhancing awareness and investment in the ideal of peace and all it offers in creating happy, healthy lives. Check out our website at for all the information about this great event and see you there!

Polson Chamber of Commerce meeting postponed
POLSON — Because of the activities surrounding the Fourth of July celebration, the Polson Chamber of Commerce has decided not to hold their regularly scheduled luncheon meeting on Wednesday, July 6.  Scheduled speaker, Webb Brown of the Montana State Chamber of Commerce will speak at the Chamber’s September meeting instead.

The Polson Chamber is again sponsoring the Polson Fourth of July parade as well as the fireworks show scheduled for that evening.  Those wanting to volunteer to help with the parade are asked to contact the Polson Chamber at (406) 883-5969.

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.

TABE assessments 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.