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Link crew welcomes freshmen to high school Link crew welcomes freshmen to high school

POLSON — Members of the Polson High School class of 2017 met at the PHS gym on Friday, Aug. 30 in the first ever Link Crew freshman orientation assembly.  Kris Sampson, PHS guidance clerk, and Rich Sawyer, PHS band teacher, led the crew, a group of PHS juniors and seniors wearing screaming green shirts. The purpose of Link is to make the transition between eighth and ninth grade smooth, according to Sampson. Each junior and senior oversaw a group of roughly 10 freshmen. After playing some games in the high school gym and getting to know the Link leaders, the incoming students were given a guided tour of PHS and got their 2013-14 class schedules.  It’s a nat...


Wheels returned to senior center in poor condition Wheels returned to senior center in poor condition

ST. IGNATIUS – The Meals on Wheels car was found abandoned on Old Freight Road two weeks after it was stolen from the Senior Center parking lot.  “A local person recognized it on the side of the road and called the Lake County Sheriff’s Department,” said Mack McConnell, vice p...

Governor visits Ronan invasive species checkpoint Governor visits Ronan invasive species checkpoint

RONAN — Flathead Lake has become a battleground for native and aquatic invasive species. Governor Steve Bullock made a stop at a Ronan watercraft checkpoint on Aug. 20 to show support for the human foot soldiers charged with making sure Montana plants and animals win the war against foreign invaders.&n...

Flathead River Rodeo packs the grandstands Flathead River Rodeo packs the grandstands

POLSON — Team ropers Kelsey Phillips and Kevin Yazzie won the average at the Flathead River Rodeo, an Indian National Finals Tour Rodeo, with a time of 11.8 on two steers. Even though it was dusk, the ropers had many miles to go before they slept. Loading their horses in the trailer, they headed back t...

‘The Wall That Heals’ passes through Lake County ‘The Wall That Heals’ passes through Lake County

On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund unveiled a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. The traveling exhibition, called “The Wall That Heals,” allows veterans a chance to view the...

Pickup man also runs rodeo, ropes calves Pickup man also runs rodeo, ropes calves

Pickup men work as a team, one or more behind the saddle bronc, keeping the bronc lined up with the arena fence while another dallies the bronc rein around his saddle horn, trips the sheepskin-lined flank strap and unbuckles the flank cinch — all with their horses going flat out. And this is after t...

Local veteran nearing end of cross-country walk Local veteran nearing end of cross-country walk

After five months of walking, Sgt. Chuck Lewis crossed into the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee Sunday, ready to tackle the final leg of a more than 3,300-mile walking journey to raise awareness about veteran’s mental health.  Lewis, a Ronan native and Vietnam era and Marine Corps veteran, set ou...

Magazines for Troops hopes to provide for additional 6,000 servicemembers Magazines for Troops hopes to provide for additional 6,000 servicemembers

RONAN — An email last week from aboard the USS Harry S. Truman made Esther Gunlock excited, and a bit worried. More than 6,000 service people aboard ship requested reading material from Magazines for Troops, for which Gunlock volunteers.  “Oh my gosh, what are we going to do? We don&rsquo...

Air tanker damaged in Ronan

RONAN — A fire fighting air tanker was damaged in an Aug. 17 landing at Ronan airport.  The tanker ran off the runway and into a ditch, according to Federal Aviation Administration documents.  “I don’t know what the monetary damages were, but as far as injuries no one was hu...

Cereal killers swallow profits Cereal killers swallow profits

Last spring, many farmers spent thousands of dollars to protect their grain crops from the cereal leaf beetle larva before it could completely strip their fields.  George Biggs in St. Ignatius noticed the destruction left by the invasive species as he harvested his wheat fields. “Up in the c...

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