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Irvine Flats fire burns into second day Irvine Flats fire burns into second day

POLSON — A wheat field fire on Camas Road in Irvine Flats burned approximately 392 acres, according to Devon LaFrombois, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Division of Fire.  The “man-caused” fire was called in to dispatch at 4:53 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16. Aided by blustery winds, the fire roared down into the Flathead River bottom, eventually jumping the river and burning close to Damtown, the houses close to Kerr Dam. LaFrombois said those houses were the only structures threatened, and they are okay. Two single engine airtankers and two helicopters established a fire retardant line paralleling the top of the cliffs on the north side of the river, LaFromb...


Police department to remain in city’s control, reserve officer program suspended

RONAN — The Ronan City Council voted to keep its full-time police force and suspend its reserve officer program at its Sept. 16 meeting.  The police department had been under scrutiny since the July 16 ruling from the Montana’s Public Safety Officer Standards and Training Council, that ef...

State record pumpkin certified at Ronan Harvest Festival State record pumpkin certified at Ronan Harvest Festival

A long dry spell kept farmers and gardeners irrigating this summer, but there were still plenty of fruits and vegetables to be had as Ronan marked the first day of fall with a harvest festival on Saturday.  This year’s crop of Atlantic Giant pumpkins was especially bountiful. Big Sky Pumpkin Gr...

Jayne removed from list to succeed McNeil

In a conference call meeting on Sept. 11, the Judicial Nomination Commission passed a unanimous motion to reject applicant JoAnn “Joey” Jayne, Lake County Justice of the Peace, for the position of district court judge for the 20th Judicial District. The motion said “(Jayne’s) appli...

Commissioners open negotiations with city manager candidate Commissioners open negotiations with city manager candidate

POLSON — The community was anxious to hear which of the five candidates for Polson City Manager was selected from the interview process. To end the suspense, Polson City Commissioners at the Sept. 17 meeting authorized Mayor Pat DeVries to negotiate with city manager candidate Mark Shrives. Mayor DeVri...

PHS student raises funds for 3D printer PHS student raises funds for 3D printer

POLSON — A 3D model of a soccer shoe, an art piece or an a computer-aided design — these and many other ideas can come to fruition if Polson High School sophomore Johnny Umphrey has his way.  Umphrey is raising money to buy a 3D printer for PHS students.  “It’s the nex...

Charlo School works to provide secure environment

CHARLO – Charlo School Board heard updates about changes to the school security system, emergency plan and records policy at a board meeting that saw little action.  At the district’s open house parents were able to see the school’s new security doors, which limit access to school b...

Polson hosts high school rodeo at fairgrounds arena Polson hosts high school rodeo at fairgrounds arena

.POLSON — High school rodeo is a family affair, if the Polson High School rodeo on Sept. 14 and 15 was any indicator.  Young men and women competed in typical rodeo events — bareback and saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, tie down roping, steer wrestling — but in the background wer...

Fairground improvements will require community support

RONAN – Since the first Lake County Fair was held in 1931, dedicated volunteers and donors have made the event possible and worked to build it a permanent home in Ronan. In the past year land acquisitions have doubled the size of the fairgrounds to eight acres. The expansion, coupled with improvements ...

Lewis finishes trans-America walk with running Marine Lewis finishes trans-America walk with running Marine

VIRGINIA — More than three decades and 27 armed conflicts separate the dates Ronan resident Chuck Lewis and Alexandria, Va. resident Brendan O’Toole served the United States Marine Corps, but on Wednesday the two men had a chance meeting on a Virginia roadway that was part of final legs of separa...

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