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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’ center is a replica of the frontier, and we felt that the Native Americans need to be represented,” Bartels said.  The structure was still standing Wednesday night, Sept 12. By the time the chamber began setting up for Saturday’s annual Harvest Fest in Ronan, it was gone. Bartels has no idea who might have taken the teepee.  “Never in my wildest ...


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...

Educators look inside Native American culture

POLSON — “There’s still an achievement gap between Native American students and other students,” Julie Cajune said.  Cajune was one of the keynote speakers at the 2012 Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Pupil Instruction Day at Polson High School on Sept. 14. Mike Jetty a...

Van takes short way down Van takes short way down

POLSON — A van driven by Diane Lum jumped the curb and went over the rail from the top parking lot to the bottom parking lot at the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino on the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 15.  The vehicle went straight down, tilted and leaned against against the walkway.  The Po...

Dry weather encourages fire activity Dry weather encourages fire activity

Three fires are burning on the Flathead Reservation. The Mollman Fire was active Monday and Tuesday. The fire picked up about 2 p.m. both days and actively burned. Fire spread is low to moderate since the majority of the fire is trying to work its way through the grass that was burned in 2003. One ho...

Tribal members receive Salazar money Tribal members receive Salazar money

MISSION VALLEY — The line at Eagle Bank was long on Sept. 12 as members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes received their payouts from the Salazar settlement. On April 11, the federal government announced settlement of the Nez Perce Tribe, et al, v. Kenneth L. Salazar, Secretary of the I...

Seasonal event draws crowd in Ronan Seasonal event draws crowd in Ronan

RONAN — Montanans young and old showed up en masse Sept. 15 to partake in Ronan’s Harvest Fest.  In what has become a yearly fall season staple, the festival featured zucchini races, live music, enormous pumpkins weighing more than 700 pounds, farmers markets, pies, a chili cook-off and m...

Ronan City Council begins budget process Ronan City Council begins budget process

RONAN — Two years ago, Ronan city employees saw a 30-cent-per-hour cost-of-living pay increase. Last year, it was only 7 cents. "I wouldn't even call last year's a cost-of-living increase. It was 7 cents. That doesn't even equate to 1-percent (of the worker's salary)," said city council member Roger...

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