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New South Valley Creek bridge open for crossing New South Valley Creek bridge open for crossing

ARLEE — Located four miles northwest of Arlee, the old South Valley Creek Bridge allowed residents, emergency vehicles, school busses, logging trucks and farm equipment to cross the Jocko River for more than 100 years.  The bridge, owned and maintained by Lake County, was a metal truss design with wooden decking and concrete abutments. Approximately 84 feet long and 20 feet wide, the structure could only accommodate a single lane of traffic, and with a weight limit of only 3 tons, needed to be replaced.  Talk about replacing the bridge and negotiations on the best way to do it have been under way for many years. The county could not afford to replace the bridge, so the...


School board plans to run $2 million-plus bond

POLSON — The Polson school board unanimously approved a high school district bond resolution to repair the Polson High School roof, building envelope, which includes siding, insulation and other items, and mechanical systems. The amount of the general obligation school building bonds will be up to $2,4...

Ronan City Council adopts federal airport regulations

RONAN — The regularly scheduled Ronan City Council meeting was postponed the night of Nov. 13 due to a lack of a quorum.  A minimum of four city council members must be present to take a vote. As there were only three council members in attendance, the meeting was moved to noon the following da...

Political practices office to investigate Jayne complaints

HELENA — The Commissioner of Political Practice’s office in Helena has accepted three complaints alleging Joey Jayne, who won the Lake County Justice of the Peace race, violated election practice laws.  The complaints allege Jayne violated Montana Code Annotated 13-35-211 by appearing in ...

Activist speaks about domestic violence Activist speaks about domestic violence

POLSON — Jackson Katz, an internationally known anti-sexism activist, educator, author, speaker, filmmaker and cultural theorist, paid a visit to the Mission Valley last week. Having written several books and given hundreds of speeches to high school and college campuses around the world on the subj...

Kicking Horse students help decorate Main Street Kicking Horse students help decorate Main Street

RONAN — With stockings, wreaths and a Santa Claus or two hanging from the light poles courtesy of Ronan Telephone Company, Main Street in Ronan is taking on a holiday air. Then to make the street even more festive, students from Kicking Horse Job Corps came to town last week and put up trees for the Ro...

Ronan welcomes all to 9th Thanksgiving dinner Ronan welcomes all to 9th Thanksgiving dinner

RONAN — Every child knows the story of the Pilgrims and Native Americans sitting down together and feasting for three straight days during the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock in 1621.  Now, nearly 400 years later, the tradition lives on as friends and family gather every year to eat good fo...

Pablo human remains identified

PABLO — The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the identity of partially decomposed human human remains found in an undeveloped wooded area in Pablo on Nov. 3 shortly after 10:30 a.m. The remains, identified by dental records, are those of 48-year-old William Harvey Flesch of Pablo. ...

Lake County votes predominantly Republican Lake County votes predominantly Republican

Though Election Day is over, vote counting continues in the Lake County Election Office.  Election administrator Kathie Newgard started sifting through the 142 provisional ballots voted throughout Lake County on Nov. 7, after working until 5 a.m. the night before counting absentee ballots and ballots...

JP race winner faces electioneering complaint JP race winner faces electioneering complaint

POLSON — With 12 candidates vying for Lake County Justice of the Peace in a general election, the race was unusual; and now there’s an additional twist. On Nov. 9, the Commissioner of Political Practices’ office in Helena confirmed receipt of a formal complaint filed against Joey Jayne of A...

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