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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 since I was 6 years old,” Morin said. “A barnstormer landed in my father’s field and took my father and I up for a ride. Ever since then I’ve wanted to help the youth in aviation.” Morin’s first solo flight was completed in 1952. He joined the Marine Corps shortly after with aspirations of flying military planes, but a heart murmur kept him on the groun...


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...

Informational meeting on water rights draws crowd

POLSON — A public information meeting about the proposed Flathead water rights settlement drew a crowd of about 100 on Wednesday, Aug. 1. The meeting was held because all the parties involved may be getting close to settling the compact. John Carter, attorney for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai...

Cyclists visit Polson on Montana tour Cyclists visit Polson on Montana tour

POLSON — Bicyclists from Oregon, California, Utah, Washington, a few from Montana and other states, and even three men from France poured into Polson’s Boettcher Park on Sunday afternoon as they completed a 76-mile ride from Plains. The 300 cyclists are on a Bike Rides Northwest tour. The tour...

Cherry harvest going strong

Despite rumors that no cherries were being picked or shipped, the Finley Point cherry plant is processing about 100,000 pounds of Flathead cherries per day, local Monson Fruit Company representative Brian Campbell said. Last week, the plant did stop taking lambert cherries for a day or two until the marke...

Along for the ride Along for the ride

The sun was just begining to set on a crisp Saturday night in Ronan. The air carried the smells of autumn, turning leaves and the promise of winter as cowboys, ranchers and audience members alike looked to the stadium’s center.  Standing in the middle of Ronan’s rodeo grounds, the announc...

Weeklong festival celebrates native theater Weeklong festival celebrates native theater

ARLEE - Jennifer Greene, a Salish playwright, sits onstage at the Hangin’ Art Gallery in downtown Arlee late Friday night. Her play, “The Hellgate Treaty,” has just been read aloud by several performers to a chorus of applause and cheers.  “I’m not good with names and fa...

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