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Ronan Telephone Company gets new name, capabilities Ronan Telephone Company gets new name, capabilities

RONAN — When Ronan Telephone Company opened its doors on Jan. 1, 1960, it served about 720 customers on 200 phone lines in Ronan and Pablo. Company founders Beth and Jay Preston Sr. recalled that the entire town of Pablo had only three telephone lines.  “People used the phone differently back then. They used it sparingly — and we always got complaints about teenagers,” Beth laughed.  RTC started as a family-owned and operated business — a tradition that continues to this day. Judy Preston, Jay Preston Jr., Beth and Jay Sr. sat in the company’s office on Main Street in Ronan on Sept. 28 and talked company history, current plans and future g...


Traditional hunting camp teaches leadership Traditional hunting camp teaches leadership

Teepees facing east along the Flathead River caught the morning sun and the calming burble of the water. Although the scene might have unfolded hundreds of years ago, pickups, a couple of camper trailers and blue plastic traps hinted at a modern camp. But the camp, sponsored by the American Indian Institu...

Altered grades changed, school begins Oct. 1

PABLO — Grades were changed back to the way they were originally issued by the instructor of record after a several months of investigation into altered grades at Salish Kootenai College. The marks for “13 students had been raised to allow them to enter the nursing program,” according to Sa...

Con artists attempt to scam Charlo woman

CHARLO — Inez Vincent was recently the target of a group of con artists who were after her Social Security number and money.  It all started some time ago when she received a phone call from a man pretending to be a police officer in Canada. This individual claimed her grandson was in jail in C...

City commissioners pass budget

POLSON — Polson City Commissioners approved Resolution No. 1033, adopting a budget for the City of Polson for fiscal year 2012-13. including medical mills. The resolution allowed the city to impose 5.5 mills for permissive medical mills, at a value of $9,248 per mill, which will generate approximate...

People’s Center hosts Native American Awareness Week People’s Center hosts Native American Awareness Week

PABLO — Laughing and smiling school children ran to and fro throughout the People’s Center grounds from Sept. 18 to 20 during the annual Native American Awareness Week. The event seeks to involve off-reservation schools and community members in a weeklong educational opportunity centered aroun...

Ronan Chamber of Commerce teepee stolen

RONAN — Ky Bartels purchased a teepee for around $300 more than three years ago. She bought it with money from her own pocket and then donated the teepee to Ronan’s chamber of commerce. For the past several years, it has adorned the outside the Ronan Visitors’ Center. “The visitors...

Mack Days fishing tournament begins

POLSON — Lake trout were illegally introduced to Flathead Lake in the 1920s. While it remains unclear as to who put them into the lake, it is clear they were brought from the Great Lakes region via the trans continental railroad.  “It’s called ‘bucket biology,’” sa...

Walawander challenges House District 12 incumbent Walawander challenges House District 12 incumbent

MISSION VALLEY — It’s election season in the Mission Valley, and two local residents are running for the House District 12 seat in Montana’s legislature. District 12 covers 334 square miles of Lake County from just south of Polson to St. Ignatius, and everything east of Dixon to Pablo an...

Flu shots offered throughout Lake County

The Lake County Public Health Department will be offering flu shots to the public at the following locations: Arlee Senior Center — Wednesday, Oct. 3, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.  St. Ignatius Senior Center — Wednesday, Oct. 3, 3:30 -5 p.m.  Charlo Senior Center — Thursday, Oct. 4...

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