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Concerned citizens pack Ronan Community Center

RONAN — For the second time this year, the Ronan Community Center was filled nearly to capacity on a Tuesday evening as local concerned citizens’ group Calling All Conservatives held its monthly meeting Feb. 9. “We’re just really pleased with what we’ve seen these first two events,” group founder Terry Backs said. “The feedback’s been overwhelmingly positive.” After months and years of dealing with frustration with federal and state government, Backs was inspired to reach out to others with similar concerns. She visited an organization in Hamilton called Celebrating Conservatism — which focuses on educating citizens about the...

Trustees hear presentations, approve MOA

POLSON — Multiple presentations led to a long Polson School Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 8 at 5 p.m.  Head Speech Coach Judie Woodhouse and Assistant Coach Janis Jette donned their new Polson Speech Debate and Drama shirts, grabbed a selection of hardware won this speech season and accompa...

Ronan High School robotics team wins Innovate Award, fourth place

BOZEMAN — The Ronan High School Robotics Team snatched the Innovate Award and took fourth last weekend at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition. The team competed against robotics teams from all over the state of Montana on the Montana State University’...

School board approves superintendent contract

RONAN — At a Ronan/Pablo School Board Meeting Monday, the board unanimously approved the contract for Superintendent Andy Holmlund until 2013. Holmlund’s contract was extended from two years to three years. Indian Education Coordinator Leslie Caye presented the Mid-Year Indian Education Report...

Eighth-graders present peer mediation program

POLSON — “Peer mediations are not usually this good,” Wyatt Lytton told the audience at the Superintendent’s Community Council.  Lytton, Alisha and Melina Jore, Sharidan Russell and Claire Bick are all 8th graders at Polson Middle School (PMS), and they were demonstrating how ...

Grant to benefit local businesses

 RONAN — In a slow economy, small business owners need all the help they can get. And thanks to The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Lake County Community Development Corporation, relief for a few such businesses in Ronan is on the way.  If everything goes as planned, Mission Val...

Man jumps from bridge

POLSON — A male apparently attempted suicide by jumping off the Armed Forces Memorial Bridge into the icy waters of Flathead Lake at about 5 p.m. on Feb. 3.  Polson Police Chief Doug Chase credited Polson Police Sergeant Wade Nash and Tribal Law Enforcement Officer Orsino Walker with jumping in...

Anonymous donor boosts Ronan Library

RONAN — At a Ronan City Council meeting on Monday evening, Ronan City Library Board Chairman Frank Delgado and library director Michelle Fenger requested a budget amendment in the Ronan City Library’s budget.  The amendment follows a anonymous donation of $13,000 to the library.  ...

Mission considers new police car

ST. IGNATIUS — A new patrol car could be in the works for the St. Ignatius Police Department if the town council approves an amendment to the budget. A public hearing on the proposed change will be held at the March 2 council meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. at City Hall. Police Chief Shay Cla...

Wreck sends one to hospital

PABLO — At 3:30 p.m. Feb. 2, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal police and the Ronan Volunteer Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle collision that occurred just south of Pablo on U.S. Highway 93.  According toTribal Police Chief Craige Couture, Barbara Musser hit a patch of ice and c...

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