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Family loses roof to windstorm, helpful community rallies Family loses roof to windstorm, helpful community rallies

RAVALLI — A quiet evening at home for a Mission Valley family was interrupted by gusting winds that ripped the roof off of their mobile home last week.  Dawn and John McNutt were home with their four children watching television when a loud noise shook the home. “Imagine you’re in the movie the Wizard of Oz – that’s what it felt like. It was pretty intense,” Dawn McNutt said. John, who thought a tree had fallen on the house, went outside to survey the damage. He found instead that the wind had ripped the back portion of the roof entirely off of their home and folded the rest of the roof, one side on top of the other. Wind gusts of up to 68 m...


Commission approves resolution to recover golf course expenses

POLSON — A resolution allowing the city to charge the Golf Fund for indirect costs related to operating Polson Bay Golf Course elicited the most comment during the Polson City Commission’s regular meeting on Nov. 15.  City Manager Ed Meece prefaced the discussion by explaining that the is...


Fire crew responds to engulfed vehicle Fire crew responds to engulfed vehicle

POLSON — The Polson Fire Department responded to a car fully engulfed in flames along U.S. Hwy 93 in Polson late Wednesday afternoon. Fire crews got the call around 4:19 p.m. According to PFD Chief Clint Cottle, the fire started in the engine compartment of a newer model Jeep Liberty and no one w...


Schedule, design plans for Hwy. 93 expansion shared Schedule, design plans for Hwy. 93 expansion shared

RONAN — Design plans and a preliminary construction schedule to widen U.S. Hwy. 93 from two to four lanes north of Ronan were shared last week during two virtual open houses held via Zoom. A team of engineers and officials with the Montana Department of Transportation and KLJ Engineering provided pr...


Ronan recount doesn’t break tie vote, city council to make selection Ronan recount doesn’t break tie vote, city council to make selection

Although last Monday’s hand recount of ballots at the Lake County Courthouse failed to break a tie in the race to represent Ward 1 in Ronan, it did yield a couple of civic lessons.  First, voting matters. Incumbent Marilynn Tanner and opponent Ryan Corum each mustered 68 votes. The one ballot t...


County seeks volunteers for planning related boards

News from the Lake County Planning Departme nt LAKE COUNTY — Lake County currently seeks volunteers for the following boards. Positions begin on Jan. 1, 2022. If you have questions about the area of jurisdiction for a particular board or to obtain an application, please check with the Lake County P...


Officials meet for infrastructure discussion

POLSON — On Wednesday, Nov. 17, officials from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Lake County and the Montana Department of Transportation sat down at the Polson Red Lion Inn to discuss infrastructure concerns regarding Lake County roads. Also joining the conversation were Montana Lt. Gove...


Arlee fire department purchases new radio repeater with money from anonymous donor Arlee fire department purchases new radio repeater with money from anonymous donor

ARLEE — The residents of the Jocko Valley and surrounding area are a little safer now thanks to a new radio repeater installed on Pistol Creek Lookout. Arlee Volunteer Fire Chief Charles Headley and EMT Director Kai Stein said they wish to thank the anonymous donor who gave $25,000 to the fire departme...


$27M available to help with home heating bills

News from the office of Governor Gianforte HELENA — Together with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Governor Greg Gianforte announced on Nov. 16 that $27 million in federal funding is available to help Montanans with heating bills this winter and to weatherize more homes....


Community heroes honored

News from Safe Harbor No matter what challenges arise, every community has its share of heroes who are able to help everyone get through the crisis. Each October, as part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, SAFE Harbor honors these heroes, based on nominations from across the Flathead Reserva...


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