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Polson Hill fire stopped by bike path Polson Hill fire stopped by bike path

POLSON — A vehicle fire sparked a grass fire on Polson Hill on July 26. The afternoon blaze, with flame heights up to six feet, burned approximately two acres.  The fire headed west up the hill towards the bike path, and luckily the bike path stopped its progress, according to Karen Sargeant, Polson Fire Department Public Information Officer. Sargeant, who was on scene at the bike path, noted that Polson Fire Chief John Fairchild was concerned that if the flames jumped the bike path several residences could have been in danger. “It is just one of those things that happens when it’s hot and dry,” Sargeant said.   Urging people to be careful, Sarg...


Livestock change palate to help farmers Livestock change palate to help farmers

ST. IGNATIUS – Farmers look to nature to deal with the rising costs of operation by letting the farm animals do more of the work. “The animals will eat and develop a taste for nutrient dense weeds along with the grass. This method takes less fertilizer. The cows will trample natural fertilizer...

School board selects roofer for PHS

POLSON — The Polson School Board of Trustees awarded the roofing contract on Polson High School to Progressive Roofing in Missoula. Progressive bid was $475,000 and Missoula Sheet Metal bid $494,735.  Progressive Roofing had done the first third of the roof, according to Dan Kinyon, maintenance...

Investigation into Elmo resident’s death continues

HOT SPRINGS — Elmo resident Laurence B. Kenmille’s death at the Wild Horse Hot Spring on May 25 is still under investigation and is being investigated as a suspicious death. A suspicious death, according to Lake County Undersheriff Dan Yonkin, is one where factors aren’t consistent, or w...

State official and former Ronan officer say Facebook messages not improper

RONAN— A former state official and former Ronan police officer said in an interview last week that their communication via Facebook did not taint the process that bars former Ronan Police Chief Dan Wadsworth from serving as a law enforcement officer for the next 15 years. The Public Safety Officer S...

Council, bar owners argue about street dance trash

 RONAN — The city council hired Jessica Cole-Hodgkinson as city attorney in a July 22 meeting that saw little other action, but much discussion about responsibility for monitoring and cleaning up after the street dance held during Pioneer Days.  Each year Rod Smart, Lori Peterson, and Kand...

Camp explores fun science Camp explores fun science

ARLEE — Jessie Girsch squinted his eyes with determined concentration upon a small blue ball floating above the plastic obstacle course. He clenched his fists, contorted his face into a grimmace and let out a cry of disappointment as the ball, instead of advancing forward into a two-inch high tunnel, p...

Innovative playground in funding stage Innovative playground in funding stage

RONAN—A proposed Ronan playground project will promote community health, attract tourists, and grab national headlines for its groundbreaking ingenuity, community and company leaders said at an information session last week hosted by the parks and recreation board.  Funding and mitigation plans...

Innovative playground in funding stage

RONAN—A proposed Ronan playground project will promote community health, attract tourists, and grab national headlines for its groundbreaking ingenuity, community and company leaders said at an information session last week hosted by the parks and recreation board.  Funding and mitigation plans...

Local gardeners receive best blooming awards Local gardeners receive best blooming awards

POLSON — Petunias spill from planters, roses scent the air, geraniums and sunflowers reach for the sun while begonias and impatiens bloom in shady spots. Late July is a great time for the Envision Polson Beautification Committee to hold their contest for best blooming business and best blooming resi...

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