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County commissioner candidates weigh-in on issues

Four Republicans candidates are running for Lake County Commissioner for District #2. Since there are no other opponents, the primary election on June 8 will decide their race. The candidates are Roy Anderson , Ann Smith Brower , Ron Merwin and Paul Tryon .  The candidates were asked for their solution to the overcrowding of Lake County Courthouse.  “I know more of the complexities,” Anderson said, “than of any available would-be solutions, to the crowding problems of the courthouse and the jail.”  Anderson went on to say that the campus where the courthouse sits is small and makes adding on and refurbishing difficult if not impractica...


House District 12 race draws 2 Republicans, 1 Democrat

In the June 8 primary, candidates Dan Salomon and John Swenso n face off for the Republicans, while incumbent John Fleming remains the sole Democrat running for the Montana House of Representatives District 12.  Salomon is 53 years old and resides west of Pablo. He has been married for 30 years ...


Senate District 8 election brings 3 candidates to the ballot

In Senate District 8, two candidates vie for the Democrat name on the November ballot, while Republican candidate Rick Jennison is unopposed as the only Republican candidate on the ticket.  Joey Jayne , of Arlee, is a Democrat candidate for the Senate District 8 seat. Jayne is 52 and married to Harl...


Candidates face off for seat in House District 15

As the June 8 primary election quickly approaches for House District 15, two Democrats, incumbent Forrestina “Frosty” Calf Boss Ribs and newcomer James Steele Jr., make the final push for the chance to run against lone Republican candidate Joe Read.  Joe Read , 55, is the lone Republican...


Partial landscaping completed at theatre

POLSON — The south side of the John Dowdall Theatre has all new landscaping, thanks to a grant from the Greater Polson Community Foundation and lots of hard work from Chuck Jarecki. Jarecki, from the Mission Valley Friends of the Arts, has spent three or four days at the site, cutting down and diggi...


World class opera singer to perform Fiddler

RONAN — Where can you see a world class opera singer perform one of the most beloved musicals of all time? In Ronan, of course. After 20 years of retirement from professional opera, Bob Ricketts is coming back to the stage — not in Europe, Chicago, or New York but in Ronan — to play Tevy...


SKC volunteers work around valley

POLSON — The animals at the Mission Valley Animal Shelter got a special treat on Friday — more people who came to play. Puppies were getting snuggled and held, kittens and cats were batting at fingers poked in cages. Faculty and staff, both full time and part time, from Salish Kootenai College...


Polson Rural Fire District welcomes new trustees

POLSON — Newly sworn in trustees Beth Hoel and Steve Stanley jumped right into action at the Polson Rural Fire District meeting on May 12 at 7 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Fire Station.  The slate of officers elected were Fred Nelson, chair, Jack Clapp, vice chair, and Beth Hoel, secretary/treasurer...


Conference on aging brings speakers to town

POLSON — The 42nd Governor’s Conference on Aging drew senior citizens from around the area on May 10 and 11. The Western Montana Area VI Agency on Aging hosted the event at the KwaTaqNuk Best Western. According to Director Duane Lutke, 186 people registered for the first day and 160 the second...


Ronan library benefits from local art show

RONAN — On Saturday night three local artists joined forces to showcase their latest creations and fundraise for the Ronan City Library. The second annual Starving Artists Show was held at Willard’s in Ronan and displayed drawings by Tim Piedalue, paintings by Julie Moore and photography by Cr...


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