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Fallen remembered throughout Lake County Fallen remembered throughout Lake County

Memorial Day was celebrated Monday throughout Lake County to remember family and friends who lost their lives while bravely defending America’s freedom. Events starting in Ronan with a parade down main street. A color guard led the lineup that in cluded members of the Ronan VFW and American Legion Post 138.  Marine WWII veteran and Salish elder Frances Stanger rode along the route accompanied by drummers in both Ronan and Polson parades.  The streets were a bit fuller in Polson, where The Great Scots bagpipers played a medley of Armed Forces songs and hymns as they passed saluting veterans watching at attention from the curb.  Ceremonies continued at cemeter...


City commissioners table impact fees City commissioners table impact fees

POLSON — Impact fees for new construction came under scrutiny from the Polson City Commissioners at their May 18 commission meeting. Impact fees are what people who are building new houses or businesses in the city are assessed to pay their part for water, sewer, fire, parks and administrative work. Po...

Fire levels 2 trailers Fire levels 2 trailers

POLSON — A fire first reported as a “controlled burn that got out of control” destroyed two mobile homes in a remote area of Rocky Point Road the evening of May 18, taking firefighters about four hours to extinguish and mop up, according to Karen Sargeant, public information officer for Pol...

Bulls take a trailer break, walk home Bulls take a trailer break, walk home

RONAN — It was a crime of opportunity, and the “criminals” were dressed in black.  The back door on Dave Robbins’ stock trailer sprung open just as he stopped at the traffic signal on Main Street and Terrace Lake Road in Ronan, and the six black angus bulls Robbins was hauling...

Tribes, county working to improve fishing access Tribes, county working to improve fishing access

FLATHEAD LAKE – Increased boating and fishing access to Flathead Lake is a goal of county and tribal government, Tribal Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation Tom McDonald said last week.  McDonald told Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife Board members that county and tribal...

Tribal suit asking for definition of irrigation water ownership dismissed Tribal suit asking for definition of irrigation water ownership dismissed

A federal district judge has dismissed a case filed by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in 2014, saying that the recent passage of a water agreement by the state government likely makes issues raised in the court moot.  The Tribes filed suit in March 2014 against 14 defendants that include...

Proposed levy would update County’s vehicles Proposed levy would update County’s vehicles

POLSON — An older fleet of trucks and pickups requiring more and more maintenance as they age prompted Lake County Commissioners to put a two-year Lake County Road levy on the June mail-in ballot. The newest vehicles in the county’s current stable of workhorses are three 2006 Internationals an...

Court-ordered levy to provide courtroom

POLSON — Lake County commissioners and Lake County Civil Attorney Mark Russell continue hammering out language for a court-ordered levy to provide another courtroom for the 20th Judicial District. Before he retired, District Judge C.B. McNeil signed a court order requiring the second courtroom be pr...

River Honoring teaches students about natural resources River Honoring teaches students about natural resources

MOIESE – Humans can play a key role in protecting and preserving the pristine blue Flathead River and its aquatic inhabitants, more than 1,000 students learned at the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ annual River Honoring held May 11-13.  The event has educated fourth and fifth gr...

Mission Valley FFA wins historic state championship, sets sights on nationals Mission Valley FFA wins historic state championship, sets sights on nationals

RONAN – Mission Valley FFA members were in shock after receiving their ranking in the state livestock judging championship at the end of March: after a steady streak of second places against some of the best teams in the western United States, judges said the team had plummeted to 29th place in Montana...

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