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Runners brave crazy weather for a cause Runners brave crazy weather for a cause

Cold rain didn’t stop Bob Hayes, 87, from running a 10K in this year’s Buttercup Run to help raise money for Arlee students.  “I’m so darned old. If I stop running, I’ll fall over,” he said. He competed in the first race to raise funds for the school more than two dozen years ago, although it had another name back then, and he’s made it to the starting line of almost every race since. “Not every year, but pert’ near,” he said. The Friends of Arlee School collect entry fees to be dispersed as scholarships to Arlee High School seniors and mini-grants to teachers for supplies. The organization has awarded $130,000 to ...


Authorities mull vicious dog solution

  LAKE COUNTY — Residents and government authorities say some parts of Lake County are literally going to the dogs because of a network of non-uniform, unenforceable and lax laws that span jurisdictional boundaries.  While a string of animal control problems have intensified across the ...

Council approves property acquisition Council approves property acquisition

RONAN — On April 7 Ronan City Council accepted the donation of two empty lots and a building located on Main Street.  The city will have to pay back taxes on the property, which total more than $7,000.  The Bilile property includes the empty parking spaces located at the northeast corne...

Polson City Commissioners discuss impact fees

POLSON — A resolution to reset impact fees was on the agenda at the April 7 Polson City Commissioner meeting.  In 2013, the commission passed Resolution 1027, which reduced impact fees by 80 percent as a means of stimulating new building and growth. All new developments within the city limit...

Westland Seed burglar pleads guilty Westland Seed burglar pleads guilty

      POLSON — Matthew Adam Darnell, 25, of Pablo, pleaded guilty on April 10 to ramming a car through Westland Seed to steal guns and attempting to steal firearms from two other establishments earlier this year. In a plea agreement Darnell pleaded guilty to felony burglary, ...

Talking sticks spark creativity Talking sticks spark creativity

POLSON — Walk into Polson High School, and all around are talking sticks, made by PHS art students.  The sticks are displayed crosswise on poles in the lobby, above Principal Rex Weltz’s office door, in the library and in the halls.  Matt Holmes, PHS art teacher, took an Office of...

Job Corps students learn culinary skills Job Corps students learn culinary skills

RONAN – As Joseph Martinez rested in a hospital bed recovering from alcohol poisoning, he thought there had to be something better he could do with his life.  “It scared the h--- out of me,” he said about coming close to death. He decided he’d had enough near death experien...

Master gardeners practice pruning techniques Master gardeners practice pruning techniques

POLSON — Pickups and people with loppers and tree saws advanced on the row of maple and ash trees fronting Kerr Dam Road near the sewer lagoons on April 10 as Jack Stivers and his Montana State University Extension Master Gardener’s class arrived to give the trees a trim. “We volunteer t...

City of Polson plans new wastewater treatment facility City of Polson plans new wastewater treatment facility

POLSON — “We did a 10-year Band-Aid 12 years ago, and now the Band-Aid is falling apart,” said Tony Porrazzo, city of Polson water superintendent.  Porrazzo was talking about wastewater treatment system improvements, which is not a new issue. The Polson City Commissioners will be...

School board candidates to speak at forum School board candidates to speak at forum

RONAN — The Ronan Pablo Education Association will be hosting a candidate forum on Wednesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Ronan Performing Arts Center for the upcoming Ronan School District #30 school board trustee election. All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. The Student Council ...

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