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Employees fight Jore fire

RONAN — The Jore Corporation’s night shift combined fire-fighting forces with the Ronan Volunteer Fire Department to extinguish a fire in the manufacturing department of the corporation’s building early Friday morning.  The Ronan Fire Department responded to call at 12:31 a.m. after an electrical issue caused a light fixture to spark, Fire Chief Mark Clary reported. The sparks ignited the furniture below the light fixture, destroying a few chairs, boxes and part of a desk, but Jore Corporation’s night shift were quick to respond with fire extinguishers.  Their fire-fighting efforts left emergency crews with the task of ventilating the building when...


Local community supports walk to school day

RONAN — In 1969, 42 percent of school children walked or biked to school, but by 2001 that number shrunk to 25 percent. Today, it’s even less, Ronan Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Rolfsness reported.  But on Wednesday of last week, the local community came together to provide kids...


Medical marijuana sparks neighborhood uproar

POLSON — A gray building across the street from Southshore Veterinary Service doesn’t look ominous, but its contents are causing quite a stir in the neighborhood.  Marijuana is being grown as part of a medical marijuana operation in the building at 35647 South Hills Drive, according to La...


Water rights negotiations progress

PABLO — Negotiating teams from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the State of Montana and the United States, acting as trustee for CSKT, gathered at the CSKT Council chamber on Sept. 29, in order to continue work on a Reserved Water Rights Compact.  Duane Mecham, head of the U.S. tea...


Fire department presents new hall to Charlo

CHARLO — After 15 years of planning, saving and waiting, the people of Charlo can rest assured knowing their fire equipment is under one, solid roof.  Construction of the new fire hall began in the spring, and on Saturday the community will have their first glimpse inside the structure at the C...


Incumbent, Republican vie for Senate District 8 seat

Jobs, the state budget, DUI laws and the Medical Marijuana Act are just some of the issues that Senate District 8 candidates Shannon Augare, D-Browning, and Rick Jennison, R-Ronan, say they’re prepared to face in the upcoming legislative session. Augare, the incumbent, said he’d work to make s...


House District 15 candidates look at issues

For the first time since the creation of Montana’s House District 15 in the early 1990s, a Republican is on the ballot, and two candidates will face off Nov. 2 to see who will represent the district’s 6,000 voters. Joe Read, R-Ronan, and Frosty Calf Boss Ribs, D-Heart Butte, both said job crea...


Senate District 5 candidates focus on economic issues

Challenger Edd Blackler, D-Bigfork, opposes incumbent Verdell Jackson, R-Kalispell, for the Senate District 5 seat. Blackler, 66, is retired, but he drives a school bus route in Bigfork. Blackler and wife Janet have been married for 38 years.  With a BE degree in music from the University of Monta...


Mothers of murder victims speak out against death penalty

PABLO — Marietta Jaeger Lane’s life changed forever in 1973 when her daughter Susie was kidnapped and killed, as was Carolyn Madplume’s when her daughter Catherine was murdered in 2005. Lane and Madplume shared their stories at an event called Beyond Repair — True Stories of the De...


Payday loan initiative stays on ballot

POLSON — A decision by District Judge C.B. McNeil last Thursday will keep an initiative to cap interest rates on payday loans on the Nov. 2 ballot for all Montanans. Several opponents of the bill, including two business owners registered to vote in Lake County, challenged CI-164 on the grounds that ...


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