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Paddleboarder drowns

POLSON — Ty Kanara, 51, of St. Regis, passed away July 26 when he fell off a paddleboard in about 12 feet of water in the Indian Bay area of Flathead Lake. Kanara was with his family and did not resurface. A boater heard screaming and stopped to assist family. The boater dove in, pulled Kanara to shore and started CPR, but he was pronounced dead at about 6 p.m., according to Lake County Sheriff Don Bell. Lake County Sheriff’s boat and the Search and Rescue boat both responded. Kanara was not wearing a life vest. His body has been sent to crime lab for further investigation.

Mollman Pass Trail closed temporarily

News from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Due to a report of a dead horse, the Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation has implemented a temporary closure to all human use for the entire 3.5 miles of the Mollman Pass Trail in the Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness. Also known as the Mollman Lake trail, the area is located east of Kicking Horse Job Corp Center and southeast of Ronan. This closure is to protect both people and bears from potential human/bear conflicts and will remain in effect until an investigation has been completed. “This type of closure is common for all trails in the Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness when there is a report of a dead animal near the trail,” stated Dale Becker, Tribal Wildlife Program Manager. Visitors to the Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness can contact the Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation for the most current information regarding bear activity in the Mollman area. For additional information on the closure contact Germaine White, Information and Education Specialist or Pablo Espinoza, Chief of Tribal Game Wardens at 883-2888.

Williamson appointed

HELENA — Michelle Williamson of Ronan has been appointed to the Statewide Independent Living Council by Governor Steve Bullock. Williamson is an Independent Living Specialist for Summit Independent Living Center.

Ronan trustees fill administrative positions

RONAN — Ronan School District trustees filled administrative positions for the school year 2016-17 during a special school board meeting Wednesday, July 27. Sandra Beal is now the principal of Ronan Middle School, filling the position that opened when former principal Mark Johnston became interim superintendent. Former superintendent Andy Holmlund retired earlier this summer. Beal previously was vice principal, which is now filled by high school English teacher Ryan Wells. The board also hired Lucky Larson to serve as athletic director. The next school board meeting will be Monday, Aug. 8, in the high school library. The middle and high school Back to School Barbecue will be held Monday, Aug. 29, from 5-6:30 p.m. Classes resume Wednesday, Aug. 31.

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