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Jette Meadows upgrades water system

POLSON — A new 200,000-gallon water tank nestles in the pines of Jette Meadows, a tangible symbol of five years of hard work for the Jette Meadows Lake County Water and Sewer District.  The overhaul of the water system began with a well going dry about three years ago, but prior to that periodic shortages of water also had plagued Jette Meadows.  Managing Engineer Shari Johnson said one of the first criteria was to form a water and sewer district, since most of the grants they applied for were available only to a public entity. Russ Barber, president of the JMLCWSD, credited Johnson with guiding the group through a series of public meetings with the homeowners. ...


Tribes schedule groundwater overview

POLSON — Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Hydrologist Seth Makepeace said groundwater water quantifying work is on deck for the technical teams. Makepeace spoke to CSKT, State of Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission and United States negotiation teams at the KwaTaqNuk Resort on April...


Monday night fire damages Polson home

POLSON — Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 902 2nd Street W. at about 8:36 p.m. on May 3.  Polson Fire Department Information Officer Karen Sargeant said the department believed the fire started in a back bedroom on the west side of the house.  The door was hot to the touch ...


Community discusses medical marijuana issues

POLSON — About 14 community members attended the first medical marijuana meeting scheduled at the Polson Court House on April 27. Joyce Weaver, City of Polson Building and Planning Department Head chaired the meeting.  Weaver assembled a volunteer committee to meet and solicit public input on m...


Training tackles risky behavior in youth

PABLO — According to a national survey done in 2008, 57.6 percent of Lake County eighth-graders had tried more than a few sips of alcohol. By the time these students reach their sophomore year in high school, that number rises to nearly 80 percent.  The shocking numbers are higher than both the...


The kindest cut

The Lake County Spay/Neuter Task Force fixed 212 furry friends this weekend at a low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Pablo. The critters yelped and sniffed anxiously at the makeshift kennels while waiting for their turn to go under the knife. Some just waking up from anesthesia, softly mewed, while others atte...


Children, elders celebrate 35th annual Head Start Powwow

RONAN — Children from all over the Flathead Reservation enjoyed the 35th Head Start Powwow on Friday.  The little tykes started showing up at the Ronan Events Center at 4 p.m. and watched the grand entry led by the Veteran’s Warrior Society proceed at 4:30 p.m.  Head Start childre...


Class learns construction hands-on

POLSON — The house at 1502 15th Ave. E. has workers all around the outside, some staining pickets for the fence, some installing the pickets, some raking the dirt around the foundation and some caulking and touching up paint. Although it looks like an ordinary construction scene, it’s really the ...


Ronan student wins 2nd in state geography bee

RONAN — Eighth-grader Erich Trickel has been a lot of places, a fact that may have contributed to his second-place finish at the state geography bee earlier this month. Erich’s first overseas trip was at age 2, when parents Thomas Trickel and Stacey Sherwin took him along on a bicycle tour of ...


Charlo dissolves non-tenured teacher contracts

CHARLO — The Charlo School Board terminated the contracts of the six non-tenured teachers last Tuesday at a school board meeting. The decision came after the district was faced with budget cuts due to decreasing enrollment. The district is also struggling with increasing insurance premiums. Curre...


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