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Record numbers of families have sought food assistance from the Ronan Bread Basket in recent months and the nonprofit’s leadership is hoping the community will help meet increased demand. The number of families seeking assistance from the Bread Basket has swollen to 250 households, almost doubling the 175 families that typically come for emergency food in a month’s time. Bread Basket Director Sherri McDonald said that numbers are higher than she has seen in her 28 years as director. “We’ve drastically had to stop giving out certain things,” McDonald said. “We can’t buy it.”  The rising numbers are coupled with increasing food ...


Fall by the Wayside Fall by the Wayside

The Arlee community decided to celebrate the changing season with their first Fall Festival at the end of last week. Business owners and volunteers set up stands with pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, apples, peppers, hand-made items and games for the kids.  “The revenue from this is nice but it&rsqu...

‘Bridegroom’ filmmaker, activist joins crowd at SKC ‘Bridegroom’ filmmaker, activist joins crowd at SKC

PABLO — With 31 states where same sex marriages are legal and several more states moving in that direction, the movie “Bridegroom” is especially poignant. If same sex marriage had been legal in 2011, it would have alleviated so much heartache for couple Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom...

Local judicial assistant awarded employee of year Local judicial assistant awarded employee of year

      LAKE COUNTY — Lake County judicial assistant LeeAnn Erickson was recently awarded Judicial Branch Employee of the Year for the State of Montana, in part for her professionalism, customer service and leadership when 20th Judicial District Judge C.B. McNeil and his assistant...

CASA volunteers help kids who need temporary homes

The flashing neon lights of law enforcement cars alert the neighborhood that’s something’s going on down the street. Deputies arrest parents for drugs, and there are children in the home. Usually the kids are taken from the home and placed in foster care. Although the court appoints a lawyer for ...

Commissioners approve encroachment permit

POLSON — With a short agenda, Polson City Commissioners whipped through their Oct. 20 meeting, approving a 10-year permit for limited encroachment upon and use of Polson’s right of way for property located at 107 First Ave. E. Polson City Manager Mark Shrives said the situation came up when a ...

Pay raises, budget increases part of Ronan budget

RONAN – Ronan City Council on Oct. 20 approved pay raises and funds for many “wish list” budget requests that were put in hold in previous years because of a lack of funds.  Mayor Kim Aipperspach explained how the council allocated fund increases to different departments.  &...

Hawk charged with negligent homicide Hawk charged with  negligent homicide

 NINEPIPE — A St. Ignatius man was charged with negligent homicide Friday in Lake County justice court in the alleged accidental shooting death of 3-year-old Lonato Oliver Ian Moran-Allen.  According to Lake County Undersheriff Dan Yonkin a 911 call came it at approximately 8:20 p.m. on Oc...

Overwhelming response to film draws encore

RONAN – In the past year Ken White has received positive feedback from audiences in major cities across the globe for his film adaptation of James Welch’s novel “Winter in the Blood,” but he was thrilled to see an overflowing turnout when the film was shown at the Entertainer theater ...

U.S. House: Democrat John Lewis says he’s the ‘work horse’ candidate U.S. House:  Democrat John Lewis says he’s the ‘work horse’ candidate

By Bjorn Bergeson Community News Service UM School of Journalism John Lewis’ decision to run for Congress was born of frustration. It came to a head last year after a Republican-controlled House insisted there could be no budget deal unless Senate Democrats agreed to defund the 2010 federal...

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