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Commissioners to issue fireworks ban

POLSON — Lake County Commissioners and emergency services officials met Monday morning to discuss the current fire hazard situation due to  recent warm weather and lack of moisture.  As of press time, commissioners were seriously considering a fireworks ban for the entire county. Whether that includes Polson’s public fireworks display is not known. An emergency declaration will be made stating that an emergency exists due to increasing fire danger and the likelihood of hazardous fire activity. As of 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3, Lake County will be under Stage 1 Fire restrictions. The Lake County Commissioners and Office of Emergency Management would like to a...

Fireworks regulations enforced in Ronan

RONAN — Popping fireworks can be great fun, if done in an appropriate time and manner.  Ronan Public Works Director Dan Miller posted a note at City Hall last week as a reminder that the Ronan City Council adopted new fireworks regulations last summer, that are currently in effect. Under the...

Art teachers converge to boost creativity Art teachers converge to boost creativity

PABLO — Stones as big as Volkswagen buses hunkered in the rock yard at Cold Springs Granite Company, according to Corwin “Corky” Clairmont, nationally-renowned artist and art instructor at Salish Kootenai College.  Clairmont chose a black granite “bus” with some flecks o...

Commercial kitchen available to rent hourly Commercial kitchen available to rent hourly

RONAN — Caterers, food truck owners and other professionals who direct market foods and need a commercial kitchen can rent one from Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center in Ronan at the Lake County Community Development Corporation site. The air-conditioned site that formerly housed the Mexican re...

Picnic, auction support St. Ignatius volunteer fire department Picnic, auction support St. Ignatius volunteer fire department

ST. IGNATIUS – Townsfolk in St. Ignatius flocked to the 21st annual Fireman’s Picnic and Auction on Saturday, under triple digit temperatures and a dry sky that had most in attendance stressing why the event is so important in the first place.  “It’s very important, especially...

Ronan chief presents reserve officer plan, council reluctant Ronan chief presents reserve officer plan, council reluctant

RONAN – On June 22 Police Chief Ken Weaver laid out a new plan to bring back the city’s reserve officer program, but council members were apprehensive two years after problems with a former police chief and the reserve program caused the town’s police department to fall into shambles and re...


Ronan RONAN — “Head over heels in love with life!” That’s the aim of the Ronan Senior Citizen’s Center. Our goal at the center is to meet some of life’s social and physical needs. Great personable people and wonderful, tasty food, help heal the inner person. Give us a t...

Fire claims structure Fire claims structure

  RONAN – Fire crews were battling a structure fire Tuesday afternoon north of the intersection of Beaverhead Lane and Terrace Lake Road. When Ronan Volunteer Fire Department arrived on scene about around 3:30 p.m., flames and smoke had entirely engulfed the apartment and substantial wind bl...


The men and women waiting to begin their tour from Dixon June 9 were mostly from a generation whose letters to Santa likely included a toy train. “What you see here is a bunch of 18-year-olds in 60 and 70-year-old bodies,” quipped John Daniel of Washington as he waited to begin the Montana &ld...

Sanders County Sheriff investigates fatal shooting near Sloan Bridge Sanders County Sheriff investigates fatal shooting near Sloan Bridge

  The Sanders County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal shooting that took place on Little Bitterroot Road near Sloan Bridge at approximately 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24.  “No names have been released,” Rummel said. “I want to talk to the family first, but it r...


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