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Viable communities need housing options: solving the affordable housing crisis Viable communities need housing options: solving the affordable housing crisis

When fire destroyed two mobile homes in a Boulder trailer court and damaged two others in June 2016, it underscored what the community had known for years: affordable housing was at a premium. Calling the blocks of closely placed pre-1976 mobile homes “a ticking time bomb,” Boulder Fire Chief Shane Maichel said the entire area could easily have gone up in flames, jeopardizing lives. It took five area fire departments to keep that from happening. But when city officials responded with proposed regulatory changes, occupants of the trailer court showed up in droves to protest. The initial proposal called for phasing out the structures older than the 1976 HUD Code within five ...


Flathead Lake International Cinemafest set for this weekend Flathead Lake International Cinemafest set for this weekend

By Caleb M. Soptelean Valley Journal POLSON — Sixty-eight independent films ranging in length from 2 minutes to one hour, 53 minutes will be featured this week at Showboat Cinemas, 416 Main St. FLIC co-chairs Frank Tyro and David W. King are excited about this year’s event, which will al...

LCSO responds to threat at Polson Middle School

POLSON — A Lake County Sheriff’s Office school resource officer responded to a threat issued by a Polson Middle School student last week.  Sheriff Don Bell said a student made a verbal threat to some students about a hit list on Thursday, Jan. 18.  Bell said the boy made comments ...

Polson School Board declares emergency in effort to stabilize Linderman Gym Polson School Board declares emergency in effort to stabilize Linderman Gym

POLSON — The Polson School District is moving forward with a plan to stabilize the south wall of the Linderman Gym.  At last week’s school board meeting, Superintendent Rex Weltz explained that the goal is to remove the snow, ice and bricks that fell through the roof of the locker rooms o...

Ilac takes first at divisionals for RHS

RONAN – Nine Ronan High School speech and debate students are moving on to this weekend’s state tournament in Corvallis after their efforts paid off at the Class A Divisional tournament, held at Ronan High on Saturday.  Senior Kelea Ilac took first place in Impromptu Speaking. She also wo...

Rural communities unite to support school improvement project Rural communities unite to support school improvement project

CHARLO – Support for a community project to fix up a school’s outdoor complex has spread across Lake County. “It’s amazing how much support Charlo is getting from surrounding communities,” said Harley Coleman, board chairman of the Charlo Community Outdoor Complex project.&nb...

Polson

POLSON — Dear Algebra, please stop asking us to find your X; she’s never coming back and we don’t know Y. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we still have See’s Candy available. I came in for lunch last Tuesday and there was Kaye and her small army unloading, so...

Arlee

ARLEE — Officers were elected at the Jan. 15 meeting to lead the Arlee Senior Center for the upcoming year. Marie Gillette is president, Judie Miller is vice- president, and Anne Stewart will continue as the secretary-treasurer. During the annual meeting held Jan. 13, three board members, whose terms h...

St. Ignatius

T. IGNATIUS — Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. The food pantry is still looking for volunteers to work Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. If you are interested, please call 406-745-0057. The commodities are here and ready for pick up. There will be no AARP tax ai...

Ronan

RONAN — Well, another month is coming to a close. Seems like the older we get, the faster time flies.  The ladies are back to their crafts after lunch on Wednesdays, so if you have a craft that you like to do, bring it and come join them after lunch on Wednesdays.  There will be a five-...

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