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Ronan City Council moves closer to reserve program

RONAN — The Ronan Police Department could soon have a new reserve police officer program, if the city council gives their final blessing at an upcoming council meeting.  On July 20 the council moved Police Chief Ken Weaver’s proposal for a reserve police officer program to a second reading, despite some lingering concerns stemming from problems that arose with reserve officers under a previous police chief.  “I appreciate the research and effort you have put into this,” Councilmember Chris Adler said. “I am going to be the optimistic one to say yeah, we should do this.”  Councilmember Marlene Melton also gave her support, but Counc...

Police Chief talks crime over coffee Police Chief talks crime over coffee

RONAN — The best way to keep from being a victim of crime in Ronan these days is to lock your car doors, according to Police Chief Ken Weaver.  Weaver heard concerns, visited with community members, and gave crime prevention tips at his monthly “Coffee with the Chief” meeting on Jul...

‘No meat balls’ spay-ghetti dinner to benefit spay program

POLSON — Reducing the number of unwanted pets is the ultimate goal of Mission Valley Animal Shelter’s “Spay-ghetti and No Meat Balls Dinner” set for Thursday, Aug. 13 at the Elks Lodge in Polson. Proceeds will support the shelter’s community spay and neuter assistance program. ...

Irrigation commissioners refuse to pass BIA-suggested assessment

ST. IGNATIUS — Irrigation commissioners for the Flathead Joint Board of Control refused to increase assessments on their constituents last week, despite a request from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to do so. It is unclear what the ramifications of not instating the 29 percent operations and maintenan...

Remembering 4 World War II vets, all siblings Remembering 4 World War II vets, all siblings

 The switchboard lit up in Kalispell on Dec. 7, 1941. With their fingers flying, telephone operators Shirley Frazier and her co-worker frantically connected calls. The girls knew something was up, something major, so they violated company policy and listened in to hear about the bombing of Pearl Harbor,...

Volunteers help locals  Volunteers help locals

ST. IGNATIUS – Rollers covered in bright blue paint spun across the bleachers at the girls’ softball field on Thursday. When the church group from Portland, Oregon, was finished, the once faded gray bleachers looked new. “We replaced some of the rotted boards, too,” said Jake Luthe...

All’s fair in Ronan All’s fair in Ronan

RONAN – Every little farmer and rancher in the valley will have shined their boots, glittered their bulls, and washed their goats as they prepare to strut their stuff in the Lake County Fair this week.  The 4-H centered event has been going on since last Saturday, but all of the large animals a...

PDC scholarships up for grabs PDC scholarships up for grabs

RONAN — Two lucky college students or college-bound high school seniors living in the Mission Valley will each win a $500 scholarship during this weekend’s Pioneer Days rodeo events. And a lucky 50/50 draw will make one spectator a bit richer. The scholarships are paid through the Ronan Pionee...

Wet, wonderful Water Daze will be Aug. 1 Wet, wonderful Water Daze will be Aug. 1

POLSON —It’s a mile swim in Flathead Lake on a summer day, and it benefits the Flathead Lake Monsters swim team. What’s not to like about the 13th annual Water Daze?  The swim race will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, with registration at 11 a.m. at Boettcher Park and start time at 1 p.m....

Swimmers make waves for children’s foundation Swimmers make waves for children’s foundation

News from Flathead Lake Swim Series BIG ARM — There were some impressive swims from both local and out of state swimmers July 17-19 at the second annual Flathead Lake Swim Series held at Big Arm State Park. Approximately $2,000 was raised to benefit The Enduring Waves Foundation, a nonprofit that...


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