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Trainers share horse sense in roundpen shootout Trainers share horse sense in roundpen shootout

RONAN — As any horse trainer will tell you, starting a horse is no small matter. It takes diligence, a wealth of knowledge, a keen eye and the patience of a saint to effectively and safely train a 1,200 pound animal.  In less than four hours between Friday and Saturday night, three local trainers each started with a 2-year-old relatively wild colt and ended with a saddled, responsive, respectful creature. What’s more, they each did it a different way, and throughout the process, each trainer stopped and explained to the audience exactly what they were doing, why, and how it would benefit the trainer, horse and future rider.  While the event was a scored match wit...


Great vehicles, weather make car show a classic Great vehicles, weather make car show a classic

The popularity of “Cadzilla,” the $900,000 ’48 Cadillac owned by ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, made it hard to find ’48 Cadillacs. But Butte resident Gary Gatelli found one in Texas.  Gary and his wife Cathy drove the Caddy to the Cruisen by the Bay ...

Water daze makes big splash Water daze makes big splash

POLSON — With blues skies and sun, 79 swimmers churned up the water in Polson Bay for the 10th annual Mission Valley Aquatics Water Daze on Aug. 4. The 1-mile swim race began at the dock behind the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino and ended at Boettcher Park. “It was a great event even though the w...

All's Fair in Lake County All's Fair in Lake County

RONAN – When it comes to the Lake County Fair and 4-H, Lake County Extension Agent Nori Pearce said the two are inseparable. “It’s the ultimate educational experience for many of the 4-H members,” Pearce said. “The Lake County Fair is always focused on the youth, so 4-H is an...

Car found in canal Car found in canal

RONAN — A report of a car in the canal sent emergency crews rushing to the corner of Terrace Lake Road and Timberlane Road just before noon on Thursday. Responders found a small red Subaru nearly submerged under the Terrace Lake bridge. Ronan volunteer firefighters secured the vehicle before searching ...

Young eagles take flight Young eagles take flight

RONAN- Many people aren’t lucky enough to find their true passion in life, and the few who do often have difficulty pinpointing the exact moment of inspiration. Mauri Morin, president of the Mission Valley Young Eagles Chapter 1122, is the exception to this rule. “I’ve wanted to fly sinc...

Ronan kids enjoy fishing derby Ronan kids enjoy fishing derby

RONAN- World War Two veteran and Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall committee chairman Arnie Armstrong looks out across a sea of 250 laughing and smiling children at Ronan’s Bockman Park.  “It’s all about the kids. This is best city park in the country. I wanted the kids to have somethin...

Head-on wreck leaves local man dead Head-on wreck leaves local man dead

RAVALLI — The Mission Valley saw a fatal accident Monday morning at approximately 6:22 a.m. when a pickup truck collided head-on with a truck. The accident occurred in the Ravalli area on U.S. Highway 93 at mile marker 26.1, also known as the Ravalli Curves.  Responding Trooper Terry Rosenbaum ...

Ronan to see first-ever horse training competition

RONAN- Lee Lytton has trained more than 3,000 horses over the past 40 years. He says he’s learned the trade from a great many people and combined their ideas into a step-by-step, surefire progression culminating in an animal that is respectful, confident and useful. Even so, training a horse is no s...

Local women featured at quilt show Local women featured at quilt show

RONAN — Patsy Anderson and Jessie Merwin were the featured quilters at the Mission Mountain Quilt Guild Quilt Show on Aug. 2-4 in the K. William Harvey Elementary School gym.  Anderson and Merwin brought in about 40 quilts they’ve made over their quilting years. Patsy Anderson A n...

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