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Historic change Historic change

RONAN – The famed Ronan arch and sign are getting a much-needed face-lift. Workers will spend the next few months taking the arch apart and restoring it. Restore the Ronan Arch Committee is the spearhead group for the restoration project. The iconic arch is the entryway to Main Street Ronan. It is known as the longest public arch in Montana. The Ronan High School Senior Class of 2002 built the original arch. The logs used for the project have started to deteriorate and rot in the past few years. The Committee is made up of community members, business members, city government and Ronan High School students and staff coming together in the preservation and restoration of the ar...


Commission grants Ridgewater extension

POLSON – Last week, commissioners decided to honor Ridgewater developer Mike Maddy’s application for a fifth extension on plans for the development. The Polson City Commission initially approved the Ridgewater Development Master Plan Subdivision in 2005. The plan proposed development of commer...


Flathead Irrigation District shares water rights information Flathead Irrigation District shares water rights information

RONAN – As the water compact between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and Montana sits at a standstill, the Flathead Irrigation District decided to hold an informational meeting about water issues. The Flathead District supports the CSKT-Montana Water Compact. Paul Guenzler of the Flathea...


$5.6 million bond would improve St. Ignatius Schools facilities

ST. IGNATIUS – The St. Ignatius School District is running a school improvement bond for the third time for voters to decide on in the Nov. 6 election, but if it doesn’t pass this time, the school might have another taxbased option. The bond at $5.6 million would be used to develop new facilit...


Experts identify design flaws in wastewater facility

POLSON — Commissioners heard the results of an investigation into issues with the construction of the wastewater treatment facility and advised Polson City Manager Mark Shrives on the action that should be taken to resolve the problems. The City of Polson hired two specialists to look into issues wi...


Community comes together to support SAFE Harbor Community comes together to support SAFE Harbor

RONAN – People packed into the Ronan Community Center to raise funds to help support the work being done by SAFE Harbor again this year on Saturday evening with dinner and a few auctions. “This event is so successful every year due to the support from the community,” said DeeAnn Richards...


Indigenous film series continues with free admission Indigenous film series continues with free admission

RONAN – The Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition’s Indigenous Film Series provides a platform for community members to celebrate the value of Native culture and address present-day challenges.  The fifth annual film series is taking place at the Entertainer Theater in Ronan every S...


Volunteers roll up sleeves to help club Volunteers roll up sleeves to help club

RONAN – A group of nearly 60 volunteers got their hands dirty Friday during the Community Build Day at the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County. The community-driven all-day work party attracted volunteers of all ages as they pitched in and did all sorts of tasks from landsca...


Festival of Trees group seeks recommendations

News from Mission Valley Youth Foundation POLSON – It’s Festival time! The Festival of Trees that is. This will be the Festival’s 20th year in Polson. Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 1.   This year we are so excited to offer tree viewing for the public on Friday, Nov. 30,...


Become an art docent

News from Edna Lemm, Polson School District volunteer coordinator POLSON — The Art Docent Program is a volunteer based art history program that allows students to become immersed in art, through classroom instruction. In this program a docent is a volunteer that is trained to present art related i...


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