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Valley View stages holiday program Valley View stages holiday program

VALLEY VIEW — The Valley View clubhouse was chock full of children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins for the Valley View Elementary School Christmas program. After a potluck dinner, kindergarten, first and second grade students sang “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” and played “Deck the Halls” on their kazoos.  The smallest students remained on stage, joined by the grades three through six for “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” complete with a live partridge-in-a-pear-tree.  Through a great classroom grant from Plum Creek, third through sixth graders have been studying the guitar. After school coordinat...


Christmas tradition lives on after 83 years Christmas tradition lives on after 83 years

A subtle patina veils the aged wooden floor at the North Crow Clubhouse, where neighbors gather for the annual Christmas program. The furnace slumbers quietly near the kitchen, warmth from flannel-clad bodies keeping the quaint meeting place a cozy temperature.  Christmas lights twinkle on a tree in ...

Sanders County Sheriff speaks after Dixon killing Sanders County Sheriff speaks after Dixon killing

DIXON — In the days following the Dec. 6 Dixon home invasion that left Doug Morigeau dead and his wife Cheryl in critical condition, details on the attack have been difficult to come by.  Law enforcement officials and investigators were unusually silent or difficult to reach. Basic facts surrou...

Hit-and-run victim identified Hit-and-run victim identified

RONAN — County officials have identified the victim of a Dec. 11 hit-and-run in Ronan as 63-year-old Robert E. Vanguten.  According to a press release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County 911 received a report of an unresponsive adult male lying in the parking lot a Ronan ta...

Accused killer Butler's transfer hearing postponed

ARLEE — Nathan Butler’s court date has been moved to allow the defendant’s attorneys more time to gather information on the case.  Butler, a 16-year-old Arlee resident, was charged in Lake County District Court with the stabbing death of his 51-year-old stepfather and with injuring ...

Ronan seeks to reclassify Spring Creek Ronan seeks to reclassify Spring Creek

RONAN — Several important items were up for discussion during last week’s city council meeting in Ronan.  City Attorney James Raymond asked the council to approve a new FEMA digital floodplain map resolution. The resolution would essentially convert Ronan’s floodplain map to a digit...

Shepherd’s Table builds community through food Shepherd’s Table builds community through food

RONAN — Nearly 100 friends, families and community members gathered at the Ronan Senior Center Tuesday night, Dec. 11 for good food, good music and a difficult to explain sense of community and camaraderie. Considering that the event takes place every Tuesday night, the atmosphere at the Shepherd&rs...

Lanterns, luminarias light peaceful night Lanterns, luminarias light peaceful night

POLSON — Cherry Valley students and staff celebrated a night of peace in the season of giving on Dec. 13.  Principal Elaine Meeks said it was a new idea for a holiday program, and the students loved it. As well as making ornaments for the tree, students and their families fashioned luminarias w...

Polson forensic students compete at Corvallis Polson forensic students compete at Corvallis

POLSON — Polson High School speech, debate and drama competitors traveled to Corvallis for a two-day meet on Dec. 14 and 15.  Head speech coach Jon Petersen said the meet was large, with several AA schools and B schools attending as well as the Class A schools.  Four PHS students placed...

Community ensures Christmas for Julie Berry’s kids Community ensures Christmas for Julie Berry’s kids

POLSON — Several local residents awaited the Berry family inside Betty’s Diner in Polson last Saturday afternoon. Julie Berry is a cancer survivor, a single mother with four children and the former executive director of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County Coalition for Kids for 11 years.&nbs...

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