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Ronan water project nearly done

RONAN — In 2008, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality put forth a report stating Ronan did not have enough water storage, fire flow, water supply or water treatment to meet regulations. Driven by governing bodies on the state and federal level, the Ronan City Council voted 5-1 in 2008 in favor of a water improvement project for the town. The city was eventually able to secure $4.85 million in funding through the City of Ronan, loans, the Treasure State Endowment Program, Rural Development and the Department of Natural Resources.  Four years and nearly $5 million later, the project is nearing completion and should be fully operational by the end of the year. ...

Commissioner notes growth in his ward

POLSON — Commissioner Todd Erickson gave an overview of the positive things happening in Ward 1 during the city commissioners meeting on Nov. 19. Some of the items he mentioned were a retail and online quilting machine business had filled the old Eddie’s Drug space; the facade of The First Res...

Polson community dinner brings friends together Polson community dinner brings friends together

POLSON — For several days before Thanksgiving, Kelly Kinyon, who works at the Polson Senior Center, spent every extra minute cubing and toasting 75 loaves of bread for stuffing for the Polson Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Then Tracy Plaiss, who coordinates the dinner, and her crew had to figure out...

Food pantries can use holiday food, funds Food pantries can use holiday food, funds

Clients for food pantries in Polson and Ronan dropped by about 20 percent in September and October, but now numbers are climbing again as the holidays approach and the economy is still uncertain. “We had a record day on Nov. 20,” said Bryan River, manager of Polson Loaves and Fish Food Pantry....

Christmas tree cutting on national forest land a holiday treat Christmas tree cutting on national forest land a holiday treat

Western Montana’s abundant fir, spruce and pine trees in the Flathead and Lolo National Forests provide a great opportunity to cut your own Christmas tree this season. A short scenic drive, a sharp saw, some twine and a $5 permit are all that’s necessary. The permit is required for each tree t...

Polson’s bridge a fishing hot spot Polson’s bridge a fishing hot spot

Fishermen, I’ve become enamored with the fishing around the Armed Forces Memorial Bridge in Polson. The late spring, summer and early fall offer fishing for bait fish by the ton. The same abundant food source that draws the bait fish in warm conditions draws lake trout and whitefish in cold condit...

Fund drive, auction support local public TV

PABLO — KSKC Public TV celebrates its 25th year with an  on-air fundraiser scheduled for the week of Dec. 3 beginning at 6 p.m. daily. The station will be offering two special programs this year. Cory Mann is a quirky Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau, Alaska. He gets hungry ...

Local photographer, students win grant Local photographer, students win grant

PABLO — Black cloth cloaks the windows; the lights are off; and a rectangle of black paper covers the door. A large adjustable lens affixed to the window controls the light entering the room. Photographer and educator David J. Spear has turned the eighth-grade classroom at Two Eagle River School into a...

WBC embezzler sentenced in federal court WBC embezzler sentenced in federal court

MISSOULA — A former Polson resident accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from Western Building Center was sentenced in U.S. District Court Nov. 14. Joshua Davis King, 33, was sentenced to six months in federal prison followed by three years supervised release, the first six months of ...

People’s Voice reaches signature goal for petition People’s Voice reaches signature goal for petition

PABLO — The People’s Voice presented a petition signed by 1,400 eligible Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal members to CSKT Chairman Joe Durglo last week, requesting that the Tribal Council “initiate a referendum vote to decide, once and for all, if the balance of the Nez Perce/Salazar...

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