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Holiday musical festivities bring merriment to Ronan

RONAN — This holiday season warm up your festive feelings with local Christmas entertainment.  The Ronan School Music Department started practicing for their Christmas programs this week and will be presenting numerous concerts for the community’s enjoyment in the Ronan Performing Arts Center over the holiday season. The season begins with the Annual Mission Valley Choral Christmas Festival on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The yearly concert includes high school choral groups from St. Ignatius, Ronan, Charlo and Thompson Falls.  The four schools will rehearse together all day before the mass concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Ronan Chorus Teacher Cathy Gillhouse said that the...


Food pantries offer help to needy, seek donations

From Polson to Arlee, local food pantries are gearing up for their busiest time of year: the holiday season. And they all depend on community support — volunteers, food and financial donations — to help lessen the burden on needy families. “Our job is to help people the best we can,&rdqu...


Decades in the making: park is recreational relief for Ronan

RONAN — The route of Spring Creek is a twisted one. Flowing south through Ronan, it weaves its way under U.S. Highway 93, bursting into open air when it arrives in the beautiful expanse in the middle of town called Bockman City Park.  Four decades ago, the 15 acres surrounding Spring Creek were...


Bison Range readies for winter with small staff

MOEISE — As winter creeps ever closer, activity at the National Bison Range continues to die down — a fact Project Manager Jeff King is especially thankful for this year.  His staff is still short about 13 full-time people as he continues “waiting on decisions high above my level&rd...


North Crow wreck leaves one injured

NORTH CROW — A one-vehicle wreck on North Crow Road left a male teenager injured on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.  The Ronan Volunteer Fire Department, Salish and Kootenai Tribal Police and Ronan Ambulance responded to the call after a passerby called law enforcement agencies.  According...


Town hall meeting centers on wolves

RONAN — “This is a big deal; this is about families; this is about generations,” Terry Murphy, president of the Western Montana Stockmen’s Association said in his opening remarks.  Murphy was talking about the re-listing of the gray wolf on the endangered species list and the ...


To “B” or not to “B”

• Why is Ronan thinking about moving to Class B? Ronan High School currently has an enrollment of 317 students, well under the 340 student cutoff that is the currently the bottom end of Class A schools. • What are the enrollment numbers for the classes of schools in Montana? The current breakdow...


A district divided

RONAN — The Ronan school board will face a tough decision Monday as they must decide if the school will remain in Class A for the next two years or petition to make the move to Class B. Ronan will have to make the decision of whether or not to make the move down in classification after a steady drop...


Streetscape Q & A

Streetscape committee member Becky Dupuis provided answers to some frequently asked questions about Streetscape. Q: Why is there exposed gravel in the “bump out” areas at the intersection corners? • The gravel areas have been prepared for landscaping in the spring. • The contractor...


Streetscape nears completion

POLSON — The finishing touches, such as landscaping and pouring the last of the concrete for sidewalks, are being applied to Polson’s Main Street to complete the streetscape project before Friday’s big block party this Friday, Nov. 5, when Main Street will open for pedestrian traffic. As...


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