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Resources attacking Arlee fire

    ARLEE — A downed power line started a fire southeast of Arlee Sunday afternoon. Arlee Rural Fire Department and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Division of Fire responded quickly to the blaze, reported around 4:30 p.m. along the power lines off South Couture Loop. By 7:30 p.m., the fire had grown to about 10-15 acres as it spread eastward into timber, according to Division of Fire spokesperson Devlin LaFrambois. No structures were in immediate danger. “There are some on the south side of the hill, but we’ve not evacuated,” he said. “I believe they are safe. We have a couple dozers putting in lines on wes...

Hoops hot at annual 3 on 3 fest Hoops hot at annual 3 on 3 fest

POLSON — Dozens of basketball players of all ages took to the streets of downtown Polson over the weekend for the annual Flathead Lake 3 on 3 competition affectionately known as “Hoopfest,” drawing droves of spectators to the popular slam dunk and 3-point shooting contests Saturday evening....

Pioneer Days rolls into town Pioneer Days rolls into town

RONAN – It has been more than a century since the first pioneers rolled into Ronan in 1910, but its citizens will pay homage to their ancestors with a weekend of wholesome fun that beckons back to farming culture as Pioneer Days is held this weekend.  The celebration has been going on for close...

Super stitcher Super  stitcher

ST. IGNATIUS — Quilters are a generous bunch — willing to diagnose a problem stitching a quilt block, suggest an easier way to put together a quilt, teach a new technique or volunteer some fabric from their stash of textiles.  Kay Krantz is one of these generous quilters and much more. Ka...

Quilt guild gears up for annual show Quilt guild gears up for annual show

RONAN — Quilters are sewing on bindings, pressing seams and picking up projects from their long-arm quilters in preparation for the annual Mission Mountain Quilt Guild show.  Held in the K. William Harvey gymnasium, the show will run July 30, 31 and Aug. 1. The theme this year is “Twist a...

Fairchild, Olson honored by city commission

POLSON — Polson Mayor Heather Knutson presented retiring Polson City Judge Doug Olson and retiring Polson Fire Chief John Fairchild with plaques honoring them for their years of service to the city at the July 20 city commission meeting. Olson began his tenure as judge in 2003. “It’s ...

Motorcycle wreck claims 1 life

ST. IGNATIUS — One person died in a motorcycle crash near the intersection of Repass Trail and Hillside Road in St. Ignatius last week.  Montana Highway Patrol Sergeant Rich Salois said it is unknown when the one-vehicle crash occurred. Emergency officials responded at 1:11 p.m. on Friday, July...

Illegal campfire burns five acres on Wild Horse Island Illegal campfire burns five acres on Wild Horse Island

WILD HORSE ISLAND — An illegal campfire is the cause of a five-acre fire that burned on Wild Horse Island State Park last week. The fire started Wednesday, July 22, at about 4 p.m. on the west side of the island.  Several agencies responded to fight the fire from both the water and air. No indi...

City of Ronan dissolves park board

RONAN — Decisions about the future of Bockman Park will be made by a committee of Ronan City Council members, instead of a board of citizens, after the council voted to do away with the park board on July 22.  Council members said they wanted to have more control over what happens in the park b...

Fireworks banned for rest of year in Ronan

Fireworks banned for rest  of year in Ronan RONAN — Mayor Kim Aipperspach followed suit of many other governments in banning fireworks during the Fourth of July weekend by emergency order, but the fun sparks won’t be allowed in Ronan from now through New Years Eve.  The Ronan C...


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