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Council includes police staffing in tentative budget plans

RONAN – The Ronan City Council tentatively planned to staff its police department with at least five full-time officers at a Monday, Aug. 26 budget hearing.  The department has two full-time officers since former police chief Dan Wadsworth lost his credentials in late July. Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Tribal Police have also assisted in responding to the town’s emergency calls.  “We’re still throwing this up to see what sticks, so let’s do five officers and one part-time,” said councilman Cal Hardy.  Council members debated how certain requirements of a grant used to pay for the staffing could be met. Some members wonder...


Local artist creates mountain mural Local artist creates mountain mural

POLSON — A mountain scene complete with pine trees stretches across the front of the old Gambles building on Main Street, concealing the building’s shabby visage.  Local artist Rob Gunderson painted the mural, and it’s huge — a dozen 4-foot by 8-foot panels. He started the ...

Ronan court meets goal, sets another

RONAN — The Ronan City Court managed to complete one goal two months ahead of schedule and is now setting its sights on another. “It was a goal to make the court current,” Ronan City Court Judge Justin Bartels said. During the past two years, the court has handled almost 500 cases as ...

Police officer involved in alleged assault

POLSON — Polson Police officer Cory Anderson was placed on administrative leave after an alleged assault at Swanee’s Bar and Grill on Aug. 25.  Law enforcement responded to an assault call at approximately 11:15 p.m. Anderson was not on duty and was not arrested Polson Police Chief Wad...

Missing boater’s body found

POLSON — Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Flathead County Sheriff’s Office deputies recovered missing boater Nathan Bird’s body from Flathead Lake at about 12:45 p.m. on Aug. 29, according to Karen Sargeant, LCSO Public Information Officer. Bird, 36, from Huson, Mont., had bee...

Hospital management changes, first time in 25 years Hospital management changes, first time in 25 years

After a quarter century of working to improve healthcare needs of the community, Shane Roberts, the chief executive officer of St. Luke Community Healthcare, retired Sept. 1. He handed the reigns over to former chief operations officer Steve Todd.  Todd, who has served in St. Luke administration sinc...

Linderman principal looks forward to school Linderman principal looks forward to school

POLSON — Tim Finkbeiner’s excitement is palpable; he radiates enthusiasm. “I can’t wait to meet the kids,” Finkbeiner said in an interview last week. Finkbeiner was hired as principal of Linderman Elementary School. He and his family — wife Janella, Jake, 14, and Kal...

Arlee welcomes new teachers Arlee welcomes new teachers

ARLEE — Arlee School District has nine new educators this year.  Tricia DesJarlais is the elementary teacher/librarian for the Arlee School District. She was born and raised in Ronan, but has also lived in Helena. She taught special education and elementary students in Washington, Florida, an...

Students appreciate home after summer Cambodia trip Students appreciate home after summer Cambodia trip

ARLEE — Four Lake County teenagers have newfound appreciation for the little things, after spending a month abroad in Cambodia this summer.   “Even though I liked Cambodia, I’ve never been more in love with the U.S. in my entire life,” Arlee senior Louis Bunce said. “Her...

Ronan School District welcomes new teachers Ronan School District welcomes new teachers

(Editor’s note: These are the corrected teacher’s biographies and photos for Ronan School District that ran in the Aug. 28 edition of the Valley Journal.) Noelle Decker is a Mission Valley native. She served as the secretary at Pablo Elementary for 23 years. This is her first year teaching. ...

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