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Submarines probe depths of Flathead Lake Submarines probe depths of Flathead Lake

In a small two-man submarine, David Colombo took a 200-foot evening dive below the surface of Flathead Lake. “I saw millions of Mysis shrimp. It was like a blizzard in front of the lights,” he said. Colombo was part of a crew from Innerspace Science aiding researchers at the Flathead Lake Biological Station in Yellow Bay. Together, they spent the past week exploring the bottom of the lake. Ordinarily, the biological station’s scuba divers can only go so far down before temperatures get too cold, which is about 100 feet.  “Having a submarine that can go down and see what’s below the level that is uncomfortable for our divers is terrific,” said J...


Lake County deputy comes home to recover from accident

RONAN – Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Nathan White was hospitalized after receiving burns to his face and hands when a carburetor exploded in his face on Tuesday, Aug. 6. “He is home and under care, but it’s going to be a while before he is back to work,” Lake County Sheriff D...

City approves payment to wastewater plant engineers

POLSON – Members of the commission voted in favor of paying $67,446 to DOWL-HKM Engineering, which is the firm overseeing construction on the town’s new wastewater treatment plant.  Initial plans expected the project’s completion to be in October of 2018. DOWL has incurred extra exp...

St. Ignatius council member resigns

ST. IGNATIUS – One of the seats on the St. Ignatius City Council was empty during the Tuesday, Aug. 6, meeting. Annie Morigeau resigned from her position after she was charged with felony theft and forgery involving the St. Ignatius Fire Department’s auxiliary program. Annie sent a letter to M...

Art fills courthouse lawn during Sandpiper Art Festival Art fills courthouse lawn during Sandpiper Art Festival

POLSON – Last Saturday marked the 48th year the Sandpiper Art Festival transformed the quiet oasis of shade trees and open space of the Lake County Courthouse lawn into a one-day bustling marketplace for original fine art and hand-made crafts. Polson artisan Kristy Humble joined more than 40 artist ...

Local schools get infrastructure improvements Local schools get infrastructure improvements

LAKE COUNTY – While the kids are on summer vacation, local schools have been bustling with projects to improve school infrastructure. Ronan students can look forward to a freshly paved high school parking lot and a new floor in the Pablo Elementary School gym. Most of the lighting in the school dist...

Block party to stock Mission Valley food pantry

ST. IGNATIUS – There will be fun for the whole family and an opportunity to support the community at the second annual back to school block party. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Mission Valley Food Pantry.  “It brings everyone together. The kids got so excited to be able to ...

St. Ignatius Seniors for Aug. 14, 2019

ST. IGNATIUS — All my life I thought air was free ... until I bought a bag of chips.    We are still currently looking for a delivery person to deliver meals on wheels to our home-bound citizens on Tuesdays and Fridays. This person must have a valid driver’s license and current ve...

Lake County Sheriff's deputy hospitalized

UPDATE   LAKE COUNTY — Lake County Sheriff's Deputy Nathan White has been hospitalized after receiving burns to his face and hands from a vehicle carburetor that exploded in his face. The carburetor exploded while White was helping a motorist with a broken-down vehicle in the Ronan area on...

Old-fashioned fun unites valley for Pioneer Days Old-fashioned fun unites valley for Pioneer Days

Mix an abundance of fun, outdoor events in a beautiful scenic area and the end result is the Ronan Pioneer Days celebration. Folks from all over the country, state and Mission Valley made their way to the annual event.  The three-day celebration, held Aug. 2-4, started with a big splash in Bockman Pa...

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