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Fire suppressed quickly Fire suppressed quickly

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Division of Fire is mopping up a .3 acre fire that burned some tribal forestland earlier today near Blue Bay. The small fire was sparked by a saw in use by a lumber operation, and was quickly contained, according to Fire Information Officer Devlin LaFrombois. Finley Point Yellow Bay Volunteer Fire Department was first on the scene and handed suppression efforts over to CSKT Division of Fire. Tribal planes, helicopters and trucks responded. Polson Volunteer Fire Department also responded but they were called off after the fire was contained.


Fireworks banned in Lake County, Flathead Reservation

LAKE COUNTY — The Lake County Commissioners issued an emergency declaration and notice that discharge of all fireworks, outside of previously approved permits issued by the appropriate authorities, are banned immediately in Lake County due to severe drought conditions. The ban specifically...

Fireworks start blaze, claim home Fireworks start blaze, claim home

RONAN – A child playing with fireworks sent a Ronan home up in flames Tuesday afternoon and left a family homeless just hours before a county-wide ban on the novelties went into place. “He lit one, threw it into a bush, the bush caught fire and away it went,” Ronan Fire Chief Mark Clary ...

Wyoming author writes about modern west Wyoming author writes about modern west

If you know Walt, Vic, the Ferg and Henry, you’re probably a fan of Craig Johnson, the author who wrote the Walt Longmire series.  Johnson was on a loop across the western United States to visit small independent bookstores and libraries and to promote his newest book, “Dry Bones,” ...

Circus, carnival supports those seeking relief from domestic violence Circus, carnival supports those seeking relief from domestic violence

Sarah and Tino Templer were super excited for lions, tigers, bears and more as they waited for the circus to begin at the Ronan fairgrounds on Saturday.  “Elsa’s going to be on the trapeze,” Sarah, 7, said in quiet reverence of an aerialist she had seen at another show and venue.&nb...

Ronan boys find wallet, do the right thing Ronan boys find wallet, do the right thing

RONAN — They could have spent it on X-boxes, hats, basketballs, or new bikes, but when two 11-year-old boys found $160 lying on the streets of Ronan they didn’t flinch when it came to doing the right thing.  Ronan Middle School students Ivan Pepion and Josiah Alexander rode their bikes pa...

Irrigation commissioners concerned about water delivery Irrigation commissioners concerned about water delivery

ST. IGNATIUS – Irrigation commissioners said last week that a lack of drought management plan and adequate staffing at the Bureau of Indian Affairs is exacerbating water delivery to Flathead Indian Irrigation Project irrigators.  According to commissioners, individual ditchriders appear to be c...

Heat sets records, drives folks to water Heat sets records, drives folks to water

LAKE COUNTY — The National Weather Service’s heat advisory issued for Saturday and Sunday warned those living in Western Montana to be prepared for some of the hottest weather ever recorded in the month of June, and they were right.  Across the state on Sunday, Helena set an all-time reco...

Cowboys, cowgirls compete at Polson rodeo Cowboys, cowgirls compete at Polson rodeo

For 75 years the Mission Mountain NRA Rodeo has been a part of summer on Flathead Lake, and it didn’t disappoint as it returned to the Polson Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday, June 26-27. On Saturday night before the rodeo, the community, friends and family of Aunika Corrigan honored her by wearing b...

Know signs of heat stroke

Temperatures above 90 degrees can cause heat stroke, a serious condition where the body temperature rises to 104 degrees or higher, according to mayoclinic.org. Heat stroke symptoms include flushed skin, racing heart rate, vomiting, throbbing headache, dizziness, fainting, confusion — and lack of sweat...

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