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Motorcyclist crashes on 93

 RONAN — Rather than be apprehended by Ronan police, James Adams attempted to outrun officer David Bennett and crashed his motorcycle at the intersection of U.S Highway 93 and Old Highway 93 on Monday. Adams, of Arlee, was not wearing  a helmet in the one-vehicle wreck when he attempted to turn from U.S. Highway 93 onto Old Highway 93 at 50 miles per hour, according to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Sanderson. The Lake County Sheriff’s office was notified of the reckless driver just south of Ronan on U.S. Highway 93 at 4:05 p.m. Reports stated that Adams was allegedly driving at speeds higher than 100 miles per hour and was passing recklessly in no passing la...


Water rights negotiators start work on articles of settlement

POLSON — Negotiating teams from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the State of Montana Water Rights Compact Commission and the United States met for a session on Feb. 24 at 9 a.m. at the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino. New business included beginning the work to draft an articles of settleme...


Spring Creek Lift Station nears completion

RONAN — Most people don’t think about where the water flowing down their drains ends up.  They go about their business, flushing toilets, washing dishes, and taking showers, without giving any thought to the mechanics of the sewer system.  However, since 80 percent of the Ronan&rs...


Ronan district opens new preschool

RONAN — It’s Friday afternoon and the scene is perfectly pristine. In a school yard, 15 four-year-old children laugh and play as the sun makes a dramatic pre-spring appearance in the valley.  But it’s not a day care or private preschool that the 15 exuberant children are enrolled in...


Career, job fair draws about 600

PABLO — Organizations from the Montana Highway Patrol to Healthy Montana Kids had tables at the Joe McDonald Health and Wellness Center on Feb. 23 for a career/job fair. In all 96 different organizations and businesses were on the Salish Kootenai College campus.  The parking lot was packed as a...


Human rights speaker draws fire from audience

ST. IGNATIUS — A presentation by Montana Human Rights Network Executive Director Travis McAdam sparked a heated debate over the Patriot movement and Constitutional issues Wednesday night in St. Ignatius. Community members packed the St. Ignatius Senior Center for the public event, which was sponsore...


City discusses storm water project with engineers

RONAN — Directly following the Feb. 22 city council meeting, the city of Ronan held a public hearing, seeking public comments regarding the proposed storm water project. City council members and a few interested citizens were in attendance as city engineers Shari Johnson and Collette Anderson presen...


Skiers unharmed after rescue operation in Missions

ST. IGNATIUS — A large rescue operation prompted by an early-morning distress call from three backcountry skiers Thursday ended safely after search and rescue teams located the skiers and monitored their progress down the mountain via radio. The initial report of the distressed skiers, who were high...


Ronan-Pablo school district, Montana celebrate 6 years of progress

RONAN — It’s late afternoon on the Monday after winter break and five Ronan Middle School students are still at school, printing. They work over small pieces of material, carefully drawing their designs and anxiously waiting to press their penciled drawings into the paint.  Every student ...


Ronan City Council discusses water projects

RONAN — Water was a hot topic at the Ronan City Council Meeting on Monday.  Wastewater project manager Shari Johnson met with city council to give an update on the Spring Creek Lift Station Project.  In order to improve the Spring Creek Lift Station, the city embarked on a project to re...


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