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Gardening made easy for the beginner

Spring has sprung and it’s time for all those gardeners to whip out their shovels and start getting down and dirty in that flower bed.  But for some garden novices, the garden/gardener relationship is a bit more complex. We would like to start digging away at that flower bed full of weeds, but determining the difference between a hoe and spade may be a source of confusion. So instead we turn green with envy at our neighbors’ blooming buds and in defeat and frustration swear off gardening all together.  But don’t fret, all ye potential green thumbs! Help and advice is just a local garden center or nursery away and as it turns out, with their help, a little t...


Library seeks mil levy approval

RONAN — The Ronan City Library Board Chairman Frank Delgado approached the city council on Monday seeking a letter of understanding for a mill levy request. The library board is hoping to have the 20 mills approved by the city council by June 14, and plans to give detailed information about the mill le...


Military book to mark Memorial Day

DIXON — Eight years ago, Beverly Hamel received a phone call that started her on a journey through Lake County’s past.  An employee at the Missoula Public Library was on the other end of the line, and asked Hamel to take on a project along with some other volunteers. Hamel’s task wa...


Polson man pens adventure novel

David “Dave” Basta had a recurring dream about an airplane crash and a pilot ending up in an underground cavern. It was a good story so he wrote a novel about this dream and titled his book “The Underside of the Mountain.” Part of the appeal of this novel is that Basta is a pilot a...


New law for an old drug

When Montana legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes in 2004, only a handful of patients registered to be legal medical marijuana patients. But in the last few years that number has exploded from 800 people in 2008 to 12,000 registered patients so far this year. The numbers are staggering and leave the...


New law for an old drug

Montana's medical marijuana law allows patients to assign themselves caregivers — someone, 18 or older, "who agrees to take responsibility for managing the wellbeing of a person with respect to the medical use of marijuana." In this article, three local caregivers explain what they do and what their jo...


Home combines contrasting decor

RONAN — The marriage of two contrasting styles is never an easy feat. In fact, it’s hard to imagine country and urban decor in a fluid combination at all. But in the home of Lee and Carlee Schnase the two styles blend perfectly – illuminating a unique style of loft and ranch that is truly a...


Remove thatch from lawns for summer jump-start

There may be more lurking beneath the surface of your lawn than you realize. And what’s hiding below the green grass could be keeping your yard from reaching its full potential. Over time, dead grass, stems, roots and leaves accumulate above the soil and below the live grass, forming a tightly woven...


New law for an old drug

They're not just names in a registry. They're your neighbors, friends, coworkers and family members. They're medical marijuana patients, and for part four of our series exploring the issues surrounding Montana's medical marijuana program, we've asked three Lake County residents to share how marijuana helps t...


New law for an old drug

If you believe what you hear on the street, it takes little more to acquire a medical marijuana registration card than to make any purchase of $150 — the going rate for a doctor's evaluation at a Montana Caregivers Network clinic. And if you don't feel like attending a clinic or convention in person, j...


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