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Answering the call Answering the call

POLSON — For such a busy place, Lake County Dispatch is deceptively calm and quiet. Two dispatchers with headsets are seated before two horseshoe-shaped desks placed back to back. They are in a 28 by 20-foot room with pale walls, industrial carpeting and two east windows that offer a glimpse of sky, trees and grass. Subdued lighting reveals a bank of many computer screens in front of each dispatcher, blinking lights, cameras scanning the jail and courthouse, several telephones, a row of brightly colored panic buttons and a muted TV set in the corner. Even the phones ring quietly, but the dispatchers hear them and respond, while deftly answering radio calls from police officers a...

Home on the Range Home on the Range

MOIESE – Getting wild bison into corrals to check for disease, inspect for health issues and take genetic samples can be a challenge, but at the National Bison Range, it’s necessary to maintain the 300 plus herd on 18,500 acres. “They are 2,000 pounds of muscle,” Bison Range Deputy...

St. Ignatius skate park center of town council debate St. Ignatius skate park center of town council debate

ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Town Council is split in opinion about whether or not there should be more stringent requirements for using the town’s skate park.  In an Oct. 7 town council meeting, Councilmember Roger Lemon suggested implementing enhanced safety measures for the town&rsq...

Bike racks coming to Ronan Library

RONAN — Bicycle racks will be installed outside the Ronan Library in order to counteract a wave of thefts that has occurred in the past month.  Ronan City Council on Oct. 6 gave Public Works Director Dan Miller permission to work with the library so bike racks can be installed outside of the es...

Healthcare summit highlights disparities Healthcare summit highlights disparities

RONAN — Cultural barriers and systemic inadequacies within the federal government’s Indian Health Services program make tackling glaring health disparities among tribal people infinitely more difficult. A consortium of tribal, state, and federal officials met Oct. 8 for a health summit hosted by ...

Bilile property fate undecided

RONAN — Ronan’s city council has had a few suggestions from townspeople regarding what should be done with the new city property located at the northeast corner of Main Street and Third Avenue, but is asking for more input on the matter.  Commonly referred to as the “Bilile property...

Firefighters teach fire safety Firefighters teach fire safety

POLSON — Polson Fire Department firefighter Tanner Hayes, in full turnouts, crawled along, laden with air tanks and wearing a mask, unable to turn his head because of all his equipment.  Children were jumping, waving their arms, hollering, patting Hayes and sticking their heads in front of him....

City to rebid downtown water project City to rebid downtown water project

POLSON — Due to a bid specification that was not adhered to, Polson City Commissioners voted unanimously to rebid the downtown water looping project at their Oct. 6 commission meeting. At their previous meeting on Sept. 15, commissioners tabled the decision on the final award of the bid. The top bid...

St. Ignatius Council proposes water, sewer rate increases

ST. IGNATIUS — St. Ignatius Town Council on Oct. 8 approved a proposed a 20 percent increase in water rates and 10 percent increase in sewer rates.  If it successfully makes it way through the public hearing process, the rate increase will be the first proposed by the town council in five years...

Library lion greets story time attendees Library lion greets story time attendees

RONAN — Sadee is much too quiet to roar. She’s more content to sun in a bit of light passing through a window or snuggle as a child combs their fingers through her neon orange mane.  The 5-year-old Great Dane has become the mascot of story time at Ronan library.  “She really...

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