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Ronan railway crossing gets upgrade Ronan railway crossing gets upgrade

RONAN — As many residents know, the railway crossing on Round Butte Road near Westland Seed is rough, to put it mildly. The speed limit drops from 65 miles per hour to 35 in a matter of a few hundred yards. Should a driver fail to slow down in time to cross the road, a violent, suspension-rattling shock rises up from the disused tracks and cracked asphalt to greet passers-by.  However, thanks to a collaborative effort between the railway company Montana Rail Link, the City of Ronan, the Montana Department of Transportation, the Lake County Roads Department — specifically the bridge crew — and Treasure State Endowment Program, the tracks have been resurfaced and ...


Vandals target car, building windows

POLSON — A rash of broken windows in vehicles and buildings have plagued Polson for the past three weeks.  According to a press release from Polson Assistant Police Chief Clint Cottle, officers responded to more than 20 incidences of night-time vandalism, mostly on the west side of Polson. Cott...

JP candidates speak out on issues JP candidates speak out on issues

POLSON — Nine of the candidates for Lake County Justice of the Peace packed the Polson High School stage for a candidate forum co-sponsored by Domestic Violence Education and Services and the Valley Journal on Oct. 16. About 50 people were in the audience. The three candidates not attending were Alan B...

Farm-to-School initiatives inspire health, excitement Farm-to-School initiatives inspire health, excitement

RONAN — Farm-to-school initiatives are programs and efforts designed to connect schools with local food producers. In addition to boosting the local economy, these programs help to educate students and teachers on the importance of healthy food choices, the process of agriculture and ranching and, very...

City commission, manager argue contract City commission, manager argue contract

POLSON — Polson City Commissioners tabled a motion to amend City Manager Todd Crossett’s contract until their next meeting on Nov. 5.  Crossett has been employed by the City of Montana since June 2,009.  All city employees have 7.07 percent of each biweekly check withheld to put into...

Polson man grows half-ton pumpkin Polson man grows half-ton pumpkin

HAMILTON — With Halloween just around the corner, many a jack-o-lantern can be seen protecting neighborhood porches and stoops. These pumpkins have the all too important job of protecting the house from evil spirits during this haunted time of year.  However, a 1,030-pound pumpkin might send a ...

Decker, Swenson vie for county commissioner Decker, Swenson vie for county commissioner

Two candidates survived the primary election and are competing in the race for Lake County Commissioner. They are Gale Decker, Republican, and John Swenson, Independent. The winner of the race will take his seat with commissioners Ann Brower and Bill Barron.   Gale Decker Decker, 64, and his ...

Zombie prom breathes life into Boys and Girls Club Zombie prom breathes life into Boys and Girls Club

RONAN — The second annual zombie prom at Ronan's community center drew a crowd of all ages. Zombies, as event organizer Sharla Talsma said, do not discriminate based on age.  "I saw it on the Internet and it looked like fun," Talsma said. "It's something that, community wise, everyone could com...

Local 4-H celebrates 100 years Local 4-H celebrates 100 years

RONAN — Together, generations of people celebrated 100 years of 4-H in Montana during the 2012 Lake County 4-H achievement program held Oct. 14 at the community center in Ronan. The annual achievement program is when Lake County members are recognized for their hard work and accomplishments throughout ...

Invasive species threaten Mission Valley Invasive species threaten Mission Valley

MISSION VALLEY — According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Library, invasive species are defined as, “non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm t...

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