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Solving a Workforce Challenge: Solutions for Childcare

News from Best Beginnings Children’s Partnership Affordable childcare is one of the biggest workforce challenges in the Mission Valley. The lack of quality, affordable childcare often presents a barrier to employment for potential workers. But there are solutions. “Childcare is a big issue for both employers and employees,” says Jenifer Blumberg, coordinator for the Best Beginnings Children’s Partnership. “One model that’s currently being explored is a possible employer-assisted childcare facility to be housed at Rocky Mountain Twist just south of Ronan. This facility could benefit not only Rocky Mountain Twist, but employees of other businesses a...


Polson Seniors for Oct. 23, 2019

POLSON — There is a hearing clinic at the Polson Senior Center from 9-11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 and the veteran’s representative will be here from 10 a.m-noon. On Wednesdays there is a Mahjong group that meets at 12:30 p.m., and on Thursdays there is a pinochle group that meets at 12:30 p.m. An...

St. Ignatius Seniors for Oct. 23, 2019

ST. IGNATIUS — Why did the Monster eat the light bulb? … Because he needed a light snack. Our center is still looking for someone to deliver Meals-on-Wheels to our homebound citizens. If you are interested in this job call the center 406-745-4462 for more information.     Meal...

New gallery unites community around art New gallery unites community around art

RONAN – Nicole Tavenner spent last winter gazing at the vacant building across the street from her desk job, dreaming of the storefront filled with a bustle of art and performance.   Last month, Tavenner’s plans became a reality when she opened the Grey Leaf Gallery on Main Street. Her pl...

Commissioners discuss jail expansion levy Commissioners discuss jail expansion levy

RONAN — The jail expansion levy was discussed during a community outreach meeting Oct. 6 at the Ronan Community Center, which was attended by all three Lake County commissioners, representatives from the Lake County Attorney’s Office and Lake County Sheriff’s Office.  The county loc...

Invasive mussels found on boat at Ravalli check station Invasive mussels found on boat at Ravalli check station

RAVALLI – During a routine inspection, employees at the Ravalli Aquatic Invasive Species watercraft inspection station found adult zebra mussels stuck to a boat. The inspection station looks at every boat that passes through Ravalli. This is the second time they have identified the destructive, inva...

Polson celebrates fall with Oktoberfest Polson celebrates fall with Oktoberfest

POLSON – The bratwurst sausages were hot and there were plenty of cold beverages to wash them down on Saturday during Polson’s first OktoberFest at the fairgrounds. The Polson Business Community and the Polson Chamber of Commerce hosted the event. Polson’s history isn’t exactly ful...

Valley Voices — Real people; real opinions. Valley Voices — Real people; real opinions.

Editor's note: See related story about last week's power outage on page 13.)   Bill Houck, Polson, 10/11/19 “It was fine. I got a wood stove and Coleman lantern. I never worry about that. I don’t know, the power goes out every now and then in the winter, but it isn’t bad aroun...

Frog involved in power outage Frog involved in power outage

LAKE COUNTY – Although an amphibian was most likely the culprit, the Wednesday afternoon power outage is still under investigation. Mission Valley Power General Manager Jean Matt said that an animal had crossed the breaker on the North Western Energy substation, located near the Séliš ...

Ronan Police Department replaces old patrol units Ronan Police Department replaces old patrol units

RONAN – Santa Claus came a little early this year for the Ronan Police Department thanks to the addition of three brand new patrol vehicles. The 2019 Dodge Chargers, which have been on the streets since the first of the month, replaced the department’s well used 2002 Chevy Tahoe, 2006 Ford Cro...

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