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Robbers steal donations, smash door to Ronan library Robbers steal donations, smash door to Ronan library

RONAN – The Ronan Library was closed over the weekend after burglars struck late Friday night and stole its donation jar.  Librarian Michelle Fenger said she received a call at 9:20 p.m. on Friday night because the alarm was going off. When law enforcement arrived on the scene they found a rock had been thrown through the glass front door to the library. The thieves unscrewed the bolt holding down the five-gallon plastic Culligan donation jar and made off with it, but did not take anything else.  “The police were fairly quick to respond so whoever did it was in and out pretty fast,” Fenger said. “It was a quarter to a third full of coins and bills. Th...


Five horses missing from Pistol Creek area Five horses missing from Pistol Creek area

RONAN — A Ronan family is hoping for the safe return of five young horses after they disappeared without a trace from a herd of a dozen on a Pistol Creek tribal grazing lease area.  Victoria Templer said she and her family moved the 12 horses to the area on Sept. 19. The family was out of town ...

Second chance diploma now accessible at Arlee Schools

ARLEE – Students struggling to graduate high school now have an alternative graduation choice after the school board passed a motion to allow the Yes Program to be established within the high school.  “The main impetus of this program is to serve those children that might not get a diplom...

Rural fire district considers selling Fairgrounds Station

POLSON — Polson Rural Fire District trustees are considering the proposed sale of Fairgrounds Station No. 4. “This board did not go looking to sell (the station),” Chair Jack Clapp said. “We were approached.”  Lake County Search and Rescue has offered $289,000 to purc...

'Pignic' in the park creates awareness, funding 'Pignic' in the park creates awareness, funding

RONAN — Community members spent Saturday eating, listening to music, visiting, taking chances on pig poop bingo and playing in Bockman Park. The Pig in the Park event was meant to raise awareness and funds for play pods: innovative and culturally relevant playground equipment. It doubled as a way to br...

Commission will review impact fees in April Commission will review impact fees in April

POLSON — At the Oct. 7 Polson City Commission meeting, commissioners tabled a resolution to set impact fees. They had lowered the impact fees earlier in the year in an attempt to stimulate growth and had planned to raise the fees again at this meeting. Commissioner Stephen Turner asked Mike Howke, P...

Skyline Drive officially opens Skyline Drive officially opens

POLSON — From a sidehill, Skyline Drive started as a stagecoach road before turning into the luxe two-lane road complete with a walking/biking path and guardrails that it is today.  Saturday, Oct. 12 dawned cold and gray, but that didn’t stop the ribbon cutting for the $12 million Skyline...

Locals run for Ward 3 seat in Polson Locals run for Ward 3 seat in Polson

POLSON — Mary Frances Caselli and Ken Siler are seeking a four-year term as Ward 3 Polson City Commissioner. Mary Frances Caselli is self-employed, and she and her husband Gino have lived in the area for 10 years. Ken Siler has been a Polson resident since 1998. He retired from Ford Aerospace in ...

Candidates vie for Ronan council seat Candidates vie for Ronan council seat

 RONAN — The city of Ronan has two candidates vying for the Ward I council seat: Incumbent Roger Romero, 48, and Tracy Morigeau Frank, 41. Romero is the chief information officer for Access Montana and network manager for Montana West.  He has lived in the area for 23 years. Romero and ...

ShakeOut encourages earthquake preparedness, safety ShakeOut encourages earthquake preparedness, safety

Deep below the patchwork of soil and water that provides life to the people, livestock, crops and wildlife that call the Mission Valley home, the Mission Fault runs along the base of the Mission Mountains. The minor geological fault line presents a constant threat of earthquakes and secondary hazards that ca...

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