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Recovering housing market boosts local economy Recovering housing market boosts local economy

RONAN — Prior to the recession, the housing market in Western Montana was a powerful economic force in the region.  More than the simply buying and selling property, construction of new buildings and homes, permits, applications and additions built onto existing structures as well as new home-building sites brought a significant amount of money and jobs to the area.  Now, several years after the housing market collapse and recession, many area lenders and real estate agents are seeing positive signs and growth in the industry.  Whether the growth is short-term only or the sign of prosperity in the future appears to be a contested issue, but the fact remains tha...


POE offers rentals, lawn and garden items POE offers rentals, lawn and garden items

POLSON — Spring is coming, and Polson Outdoor Equipment can help almost everybody get ready.  An offshoot of Western Building Supply and a brand new business, POE is located in the old Midway Rental building. The building sports new siding on the front, fresh paint and a clean, new look inside....

Calving season means green grass is coming Calving season means green grass is coming

With spring on its way, hands are starting to itch to weed, plant and dig. The winter has been mild, and grass is starting to green up. It’s March, though, and unpredictable weather “comes in like a lion, out like a lamb,” or vice versa. Weather is an important factor for ranchers and farme...

Junior gardener program yields tasty harvest Junior gardener program yields tasty harvest

MISSION VALLEY — Many Flathead Reservation students are learning the value of a hard day’s work and the pride that comes along with it through the Flathead Reservation Extension Office’s Junior Master Gardener Program.  The program is based around a Texas A&M University curricul...

School board canvasses votes

POLSON — In a quick meeting on March 11, the Polson School Board of Trustees canvassed the Polson High School bond vote. Although only 39 percent of the registered voters cast ballots, the bond passed with 2,002 people voting for the bond and 1,059 voting no. The board also approved out-of-state tra...

Suspect charged in Polson stabbing death Suspect charged in Polson stabbing death

POLSON — Bond was set at $1 million for Makueeyapee Whitford, 32, a Browning man accused of murdering 26-year-old Polson resident John Pierre last week. Whitford, whose address is listed as 2012 N. Detox, Browning, is charged with deliberate homicide, a felony, in the stabbing death of John Pierr...

Local hero’s new ride returns lost freedom Local hero’s new ride returns lost freedom

RONAN — Marine Lance Cpl. Tomy Parker’s platoon was returning from combat patrol in Afghanistan when Parker lived every soldier’s worst nightmare.  An improvised explosive device placed by insurgents exploded beneath him in Dec. 2010. His left leg was amputated at the hip and his ri...

Ronan council seeks to move forward with MREC Ronan council seeks to move forward with MREC

RONAN - Council members had much to discuss during last week's Ronan City Council meeting.  Public Works Director Dan Miller nominated Sherrie McBurney, Ray Aylesworth and Robin Nelson to serve three-year terms and Kevin Kirsch to serve a one-year term on the city's board of adjustments.  Mil...

Charlo 8th-grader wins Lake County Spelling Bee Charlo 8th-grader wins Lake County Spelling Bee

CHARLO — This year’s Lake County Spelling Bee featured stiff competition from nearly 40 fifth to eighth-grade students throughout the county. Undeterred, Charlo eighth grader Suzanah Clark bested them all by spelling “verbiage” correctly. According to Lake County Deputy Superintend...

Arlee youth honored as ‘Champion of Change’ Arlee youth honored as ‘Champion of Change’

ARLEE — If it’s a Sunday afternoon, chances are Vance Home Gun and Yayoot Skwkwimit, the Strong Young People, will be studying Salish language and Salish culture. Vance, 19, is the youngest fluent Salish speaker on the Flathead Reservation. He was honored for learning the language, his fluency...

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