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Ronan couple resents lift station’s lingering issues

RONAN — Rick and Vicki Wheeler attended Monday night’s Ronan City Council Meeting with the Spring Creek Lift Station — and its malfunctions — on their mind.  The couple’s property on 5th Ave. SW abuts the Spring Creek Lift Station. The pair claims that since the new lift station has been completed, water has been running off the lift station, filling their back yard and creating a small pond when it rains.  They claim the new lift station was built higher than the previous lift station, and extends into their property three feet more than the one foot that the city paid them for.  They also say that their backyard smells like sewer an...


St. Ignatius city council discusses water, medical marijuana

ST. IGNATIUS — After a boil water order for St. Ignatius was downgraded to a health advisory, a few residents voiced concerns at the Aug. 3 city council meeting that they weren’t notified soon enough of the E. coli contamination in town water. Hope Ranel, a caregiver at Mill Pond Home assisted...


Romero named Ronan’s newest trustee

RONAN — The Ronan School Board appointed Roger Romero as the board’s newest trustee at a school board meeting on Monday. Romero takes the place of former trustee Jim Blow, who also served as the board’s vice chairperson. “The role of a board member is to really be the voice of t...


Hwy 93 wreck leaves four injured

RONAN — Four people suffered minor injuries when a 1999 gold Dodge Stratus heading southbound on U.S. Highway 93 rear-ended a green Subaru Legacy on Aug. 4 at 11:50 a.m. Megan Walsh, 23, of Polson stopped the Subaru at a crosswalk for a crossing pedestrian outside Ronan Sports and Western. Authoriti...


Dazed and enthuzed

Saturday’s weather was perfect for a swim, and more than 70 people figured it was a good day for a mile-long swim across Polson Bay. At the eighth annual Water Daze event, dozens of swimmers donned wetsuits and neon caps for a swim from Salish Point to Boettcher Park, where they were greeted by an enth...


Hot rods fill downtown for annual car show

POLSON — Cooler weather and lots of hot cars helped make the 2010 Cruisen By the Bay Car Show a good time.  “There were 184 cars plus 21 of our own cars,” Mike Lee, Mission Valley Cruisers car show manager, said. “We’re really happy with that.”  This year w...


Talent show, concert contribute to fair’s fun

Following a few days of 4-H judging, the Lake County Fair added singing and dancing to its repertoire this year, spicing up Friday and Saturday nights with a brand new talent show, a concert by Rob Quist Great Northern Band and Tim Ryan, and a spur of the moment barn dance. “The girl who stole the s...


Adequate Yearly Progress poses challenge for schools

POLSON — School districts in Lake County are not all making the grade when it comes to meeting the standards for Adequate Yearly Progress, and new data indicate school districts continue to face challenges. According to the Office of Public Instruction in Helena, data coming out for the 2009-2010 sc...


Construction continues as Mission students head back to school

ST. IGNATIUS — With only three weeks to go before school starts Aug. 26, construction workers are putting the pedal to the metal to finish the St. Ignatius School’s new lunchroom, among other projects. Aug. 20 was the scheduled completion date for the elementary school renovation, including a ...


Speedway’s Saturday night a smashing success, despite the rain

PABLO — Most 16-year-olds just learning how to drive and hoping to get a driver’s license will try to avoid a wreck at any cost – Ronan’s Anthony Steinebach did just the opposite Saturday night. Anthony, 16, was one of 14 drivers entered in the Ronan Pioneer Days Demolition Derby a...


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