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New gallery unites community around art New gallery unites community around art

RONAN – Nicole Tavenner spent last winter gazing at the vacant building across the street from her desk job, dreaming of the storefront filled with a bustle of art and performance.   Last month, Tavenner’s plans became a reality when she opened the Grey Leaf Gallery on Main Street. Her plans for the space were to host art of all kinds, made by people from all over the region. The gallery has already re-invigorated artistic pursuits in the valley and will support new endeavors as well.  “We’re all hungry for more art,” she said. “There’s so much talent in this area and the gallery gives artists a chance to share something or support o...


Commissioners discuss jail expansion levy Commissioners discuss jail expansion levy

RONAN — The jail expansion levy was discussed during a community outreach meeting Oct. 6 at the Ronan Community Center, which was attended by all three Lake County commissioners, representatives from the Lake County Attorney’s Office and Lake County Sheriff’s Office.  The county loc...

Invasive mussels found on boat at Ravalli check station Invasive mussels found on boat at Ravalli check station

RAVALLI – During a routine inspection, employees at the Ravalli Aquatic Invasive Species watercraft inspection station found adult zebra mussels stuck to a boat. The inspection station looks at every boat that passes through Ravalli. This is the second time they have identified the destructive, inva...

Polson celebrates fall with Oktoberfest Polson celebrates fall with Oktoberfest

POLSON – The bratwurst sausages were hot and there were plenty of cold beverages to wash them down on Saturday during Polson’s first OktoberFest at the fairgrounds. The Polson Business Community and the Polson Chamber of Commerce hosted the event. Polson’s history isn’t exactly ful...

Valley Voices — Real people; real opinions. Valley Voices — Real people; real opinions.

Editor's note: See related story about last week's power outage on page 13.)   Bill Houck, Polson, 10/11/19 “It was fine. I got a wood stove and Coleman lantern. I never worry about that. I don’t know, the power goes out every now and then in the winter, but it isn’t bad aroun...

Frog involved in power outage Frog involved in power outage

LAKE COUNTY – Although an amphibian was most likely the culprit, the Wednesday afternoon power outage is still under investigation. Mission Valley Power General Manager Jean Matt said that an animal had crossed the breaker on the North Western Energy substation, located near the Séliš ...

Ronan Police Department replaces old patrol units Ronan Police Department replaces old patrol units

RONAN – Santa Claus came a little early this year for the Ronan Police Department thanks to the addition of three brand new patrol vehicles. The 2019 Dodge Chargers, which have been on the streets since the first of the month, replaced the department’s well used 2002 Chevy Tahoe, 2006 Ford Cro...

Commission takes action on animal welfare

POLSON – An approved ordinance will better protect pets in city limits. City code compliance officer Matt Ellermann introduced the ordinance. He said he gets between two and eight complaints of animal abuse or neglect every month. In recent months, the number of reports has increased.  Before t...

Arlee high school celebrates homecoming week Arlee high school celebrates homecoming week

ARLEE – It was a week of festivities in Arlee as students, alumni, faculty and staff celebrated the 2019 homecoming. Students at the high school kicked off their Warrior and Scarlet school spirit with a hall-decorating contest on Monday. The junior class won the contest, followed by the seniors and ...

Families learn about health at after-school night Families learn about health at after-school night

POLSON – About 300 people recently filled Linderman Elementary School to learn about staying healthy and share a nutritious meal. The families attended the first fall health and wellness resource night for elementary students from Polson schools.  Each student was given a “passport&rdq...

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