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RONAN — Raw talent was interspersed with comedic anecdotes during Friday’s 4-H Open Talent Show held at the Lake County Fairgrounds. It took all the courage 10-year-old Logan Smith could muster to play his recorder in front of a crowd and three judges. “My whole body was quaking out,” he said, demonstrating by rapidly shaking his hands. “But I think I did good.” Lily Christ, 14, conquered her stage fright to perform a ukulele solo, just after adult Brian Gentry belted out Bon Jove’s 1986 hit song, “Wanted Dead or Alive.” Nerves were not a problem for 17-year-old home-schooled senior Anya Smith, who performed “Over ...


Fair fashion: contestants show off their catwalk creations Fair fashion: contestants show off their catwalk creations

RONAN — Fashion hit the stage at the Lake County Fair with eight contestants showing off their unique style in front of family and friends on Thursday, July 28. While the designers strutted their stuff down the catwalk, judges made final notes about each outfit and eventually picked their top winners: ...

Puppy mill raid sheds light on lack of regulations

The raid of a Lake County puppy mill last week drew attention to Montana’s lack of dog breeding regulations. The Lake County Sheriff’s office obtained a warrant to search LDR Kennel on Dublin Gulch Road after receiving at least three complaints. The most recent complaint reported a terrible od...

fair share fair share

Children from all over Lake County worked hard to prepare critters of all kinds to compete at the fair. About a dozen kids traded in their required black-and-white attire on Friday for a little less serious fun during the first Barnyard Costume Contest. Mary walked through the arena wearing a pink and whi...

Inspiring memories Inspiring memories

Tim Orr rolled down Main Street on an antique tractor during the Good Old Days parade on Saturday. More than a dozen shiny red or green tractors followed the parade route, although some showed a little more wear. “People put a lot of hours on these old tractors,” Orr said after the parade. ...

Judge rules on legislature’s vote regarding water compact

LAKE COUNTY – District Judge James Manley ruled the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Montana Water Compact to be unconstitutional concerning a certain section regarding immunity. The Flathead Joint Board of Control brought the lawsuit against the State of Montana. “We value our const...

Home lost in morning fire Home lost in  morning fire

ST. IGNATIUS – Within minutes, flames fully engulfed a single-wide trailer home on Sunrise Boulevard near the Mission Dam turn-off at Foothill Road. “It’s a complete loss,” said Greg Gould, St. Ignatius Volunteer Fire Department Safety Officer and Captain. The fire started somet...

eating healthy eating healthy

ARLEE — “Healing the Jocko Valley” food sovereignty project is working to spread the message “food is sacred, and it’s medicine” to area youth and adults. Tribal Council Representative Shelly Fyant has been engaging with the community, giving lessons in healthy eating and ...

Hundreds attend fly-in Hundreds attend fly-in

ST. IGNATIUS – It’s become a tradition to wrap up the Good Old Days weekend with a fly-in at the airport, and this year was a success despite a slight change. The Young Eagles flights were canceled due to issues with a newly required training course that the pilots were not able to attend this...

July unusually busy birth month

RONAN — A newborn’s birth is typically one of the most joyous occasions in a parent’s life; a celebration of the start of something new, wonderful, and precious. Sometimes that joy comes in unexpected bunches. So far during July, 16 babies have been born at St. Luke Community Healthcar...

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