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Community supports firefighters Community supports firefighters

ST. IGNATIUS – One of the newest volunteer firefighters with the St. Ignatius Volunteer Fire Department was selling tickets for raffle items at this year’s fundraising picnic on Saturday.  Amanda Rice said she recently became a volunteer firefighter with the department because her grandfather, uncle and fiancée were all volunteer firefighters, and she wanted to do her part. “This is also a way to give back to the community,” she said. Rice said many local businesses donated items to the auction in an effort to help the firefighters raise funds to do the work they do. Volunteer firefighter Ray Frey said the department plans to use the funds to mainta...


Agility competition creates dog-gone fun Agility competition creates dog-gone fun

POLSON – After already racking up a handful of purple qualifying and first-place blue ribbons, a saddleback border collie named Tickle closed out the second day of competition during the agility event with a flawless run and a well-deserved snack.  The event was held at the Milliron Arena in Po...

Circus fills fairgrounds to support SAFE Harbor Circus fills fairgrounds to support SAFE Harbor

RONAN – From Francis the Lion to Leo the Clown, it was old-fashioned one-ring circus fun Saturday afternoon as the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus entertained the Mission Valley under the bigtop at the Lake County Fairgrounds.  SAFE Harbor sponsored the circus this year as a “FUN rais...

Ronan hosts sold out crab fest Ronan hosts sold out crab fest

RONAN – Who can resist a dinner of all-you-can-eat fresh snow crab legs, melted butter, a generous bowl of baked beans, salad and bread? Apparently, the more than 325 guests at this year’s annual all-you-can-eat Crab Fest could not. “This is pretty awesome,” said festival goer Dot ...

Revitalizing tradition: annual Salish culture camp sees high turnout Revitalizing tradition: annual Salish culture camp sees high turnout

ST. IGNATIUS – “That’s the biggest family picture,” an onlooker said as the attendees at the 2019 Salish Language and Culture Camp gathered for a group photo.  The last day of the weeklong day camp had the feeling of a family reunion. People of all ages gathered in small group...

Young minds explore art, science during annual camp Young minds explore art, science during annual camp

Benjamin Matt, 11, moved a paintbrush across his paper, adding color to the praying mantis he was creating on a large sheet of green paper. It was the last day of art camp in Charlo on Thursday, so he needed to get the project finished for the big show that night where all the camp projects would be displaye...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

While living his life, Geof adheres to several mottos. The most important is, “Take care of my family.” He came to the United States with his wife as a teacher. After several jobs in education and other occupations, he decided he really wanted to work in the medical field.  He wanted a good ...

St. Ignatius seniors for June 26, 2019

ST. IGNATIUS — Life is short; smile while you still have teeth. There will be a free community dinner on Wednesday, June 26, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. We serve lunch every Tuesday and Friday at noon and dinner on the first and third Wednesday evening of each month  at 5:30 p.m...

Coupons, SNAP benefits increase access to farmers market foods Coupons, SNAP benefits increase access to farmers market foods

LAKE COUNTY– Food from the farmers market is fresh and supports local producers, but it can be expensive. Local organizations are taking measures to help residents indulge in fresh, local food regardless of financial constraints.  “Farmers are really into getting fresh food that they just...

Wildfire outlook: low snowpack, higher temperatures predicted Wildfire outlook: low snowpack, higher temperatures predicted

LAKE COUNTY — It’s starting to feel like summer in Montana – the weather is warm and skies have been smoky.  This spring, some early season smoke in the area came from local prescribed burns intended to reduce flammable materials in forests. Fire Prevention Specialist C.T. Camel sai...

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