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Incumbent Romero voted onto Ronan City Council

RONAN — The voters of Ronan were evenly torn between city council candidates Roger Romero and Tracy Morigeau Frank in the Nov. 5 election but the city council charged with breaking the tie voted almost unanimously in favor of incumbent Romero at its Nov. 18 meeting.  Councilmembers Chris Adler, Marlene Melton, Ellen Kaphammer and Cal Hardy voted for Romero, who abstained from the vote. Councilmember Robert McCrea was not present.  The council thanked Morigeau Frank for her interest in city government and said that the council would likely call and ask her to serve on a town committee. Adler said she should keep coming to council meetings.  The time and dates of...


Schiele on road to recovery Schiele on road to recovery

RONAN — Kendall Shae Schiele is on a journey of miraculous healing.  In late May, the 18-year-old rapidly lost nearly all of his sight in his right eye, and much of his left. An MRI revealed two brain tumors: a large and extremely rare tumor on Shae’s pituitary gland, and one directly beh...

Ranchers send heifers to South Dakota

Two Lake County heifers are headed to South Dakota as part of an outreach by the Western Montana Stockmen. An early blizzard on Oct. 4 slammed into South Dakota following a series of 70 to 80 degree days, catching cattle still grazing on less-sheltered summer range with no opportunity to grow winter coats...

Black Mountain employees celebrate Movember Black Mountain employees celebrate Movember

POLSON — It was a hairy day at Black Mountain Software on Nov. 22, not because it was Friday, but because Movember contestants were in the conference room to show off beards, mustaches and hairy legs.  Movember began in Australia in 2003 when friends Luke Slattery and Travis Garone were talking...

Community dinner ready to be served up on Thanksgiving Community dinner ready to be served up on Thanksgiving

POLSON — Say Thanksgiving, and most people think of a big dinner of a golden brown roast turkey, pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce shared with family and friends.  That’s exactly what the Polson Community Thanksgiving Dinner strives to be — on a larger scale — from 11 a.m. to 2 ...

Spirit of thankfulness alive at upcoming Ronan community dinner Spirit of thankfulness alive at upcoming Ronan community dinner

RONAN — It has been 392 years since the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock and 150 years since President Lincoln unified disjointed iterations of harvest dinners into an official national celebration of communal gratitude, and while the history of a neighborhood Thanksgiving in Ronan is much shorter, ...

Volunteer program matches seniors with good causes Volunteer program matches seniors with good causes

LAKE COUNTY – Volunteerism is the engine that drives several community organizations that feed, clothe, nourish, and educate people in the Mission Valley, but there never seems to be enough gas, according to Sherlee Santorno. Santorno runs the Retired Senior Volunteer Program through the Western Montan...

‘Adopt a Grandparent’ provides cheer, smiles ‘Adopt a Grandparent’ provides cheer, smiles

RONAN – ‘Tis the season for giving, and Ronan high school senior Shelby Benson is doing just that. Benson is collecting sponsors for a program called “Adopt a Grandparent” in collaboration with Mary Kay cosmetics. Benson puts together gifts and hand delivers them herself to various...

Thanksgivukah arrives

LAKE COUNTY — One of most celebrated secular holidays is on a rare collision course with a religious observance of one of the state’s smallest minority groups.  For the 1,500 Jews estimated to be living in Montana, Nov. 28 will present the opportunity to eat both turkey and latkes as Than...

Round dance teaches proud heritage Round dance teaches proud heritage

RONAN – Students at K. William Harvey Elementary School twirled and danced to the drumbeats of the Alec Quequesah family singers in a round dance meant to educate the school on Native American heritage.  “We come here to celebrate and show you our songs,” Quequesah said. “We t...

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