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Hiker survives fall on mountain near Mission Falls

ST. IGNATIUS — A Lakeside man who fell more than 100 feet while hiking in the Mission Mountains Saturday must have been a “skilled faller,” as he sustained minimal injuries for the scope of the fall, Lake County Search and Rescue’s Christy Rhine said. Evan Kreps was transported by ambulance to St. Luke Community Hospital in Ronan Sunday around noon after being lifted by helicopter off Kakashe Mountain along with hiking buddy Tyler Schaefer, a Kalispell resident. Both men are in their early 20s. Around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, LCSR was dispatched to the Mission Falls area near St. Ignatius for an injured hiker. According to Schaefer, who called for help on a cell pho...

Board: no more ‘home ec’ at Polson High School

POLSON — The School District #23 Board of Trustees suspended the Family and Consumer Sciences program at Polson High School at their Aug. 9 meeting. Board Chair Theresa Taylor said the district had posted a job opening for a FCS teacher two times and had no completed applications. Trustee Kelly B...

Kids ride and rope at SYRA rodeo on Sunday

RONAN — On a quiet Sunday, Aug. 8, the last day of the Lake County Fair, pickups and horse trailers started pulling into the fairgrounds near the rodeo arena before 9 a.m. Parents were driving kids who belong to the Southwest Youth Rodeo Association to the Ronan rodeo. About 63 competitors from around ...

Crowds sample wares at Sandpiper Art Festival

POLSON — Huckleberry ice cream cones, huckleberry lemonade, smoothies and ice tea were all popular coolers at the Sandpiper Art Festival on Aug. 7.  Lots of visitors strolled across the Lake County Courthouse lawn during the event on a beautiful day, cooler than last year’s scorcher. ...

Quilts decorate Ronan High School gym

RONAN — While 4-H kids at the Lake County Fair were showing their steers and exhibiting cookies and photography projects, the Mission Mountain Quilt Guild held its annual quilt show.  About 150 quilts were hanging in the Ronan High School gym on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The quilt ...

Student athletes should start scholarship process early

POLSON — Like most parents with kids competing in athletics, Wendi Giles thought her kid was really good. As Shad Giles started his senior season on the Polson tennis team, Wendi really felt like he was playing well enough to earn a college scholarship and decided to do something about it.  ...

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 l...

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...

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