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Arlee Independence Day parade hits highway

ARLEE — This Fourth of July, Arlee displayed the true meaning of a community celebration as volunteers banded together to bring back a longstanding tradition of parading down U.S. Highway 93. “(The parade) was always on the highway, for 30 or 40 years,” parade committee member Tina Morin said.  That changed five or six years ago when the Montana Department of Transportation restricted the parade to the back roads of Arlee, Tina said. Each year, community members tried to get permission to take their celebration back on the highway, but to no avail. Last year, in the midst of U.S. Highway 93 construction that made the town nearly impossible to navigate and left r...

Next six months could spell fate of Hungry Horse water

POLSON — Hungry Horse Reservoir and its supply of water topped the agenda at the Water Rights negotiation held at the KwaTaqNuk Casino and Resort on June 30 at 9 p.m.  Clayton Matt, head of the CSKT Natural Resource Department, asked if supplemental water from Hungry Horse Reservoir was availab...

Patriotism ablaze at Charlo celebration

CHARLO — A patriotic and festive Charlo Fourth of July Celebration drew eager spectators from all over Lake County on Sunday. From Ronan to St. Ignatius, residents lined the streets to watch the parade, celebrate Independence Day and partake in the day’s festivities. “It’s amazi...

Free to celebrate 100 years

Not only was the 2010 Polson Fourth of July parade a celebration of Polson’s Centennial, but the beginning of an engagement for two young people. On the corner of Main Street and Third Street E., two men held up a sign that said “Rossie, will you marry me?” Zak Taylor, Winnett, stopped t...

Blair paints Mission Valley landscape

RONAN — It was an idyllic setting — a weathered fence, falling down in places, an open meadow of yellow flowers ringed with pine trees, a slight breeze, blue skies and temperatures in the 70s. The only noise was the occasional bee loading up on pollen and once in a while a vehicle crunching past ...

The buck stops in Polson

Most people wouldn’t even dare to get on a 1,000-pound plus animal that was bred to buck with nothing really to hold you on, except some simple leather rigging and spurs, but when Justin T. Miller was given a chance to ride a bronc for the third time Saturday night at the Polson Fairgrounds, he didn&rs...

Arlee Celebration contests begin today

ARLEE — This year’s Arlee Celebration may be the biggest yet, if the number of inquiries about the event is any indication of how many dancers are planning to attend. “My powwow phone … has been going crazy,” powwow chairman Alec Quequesah said Friday. He’s heard fr...

Amish auction set for July 10

ST. IGNATIUS — On July 10, hundreds of people from around the Northwest will gather against the backdrop of the majestic Mission Mountains to take a step back to a simpler time at the eighth annual Mission Valley Auction. Typically held on the second Saturday in July, the auction is put on by the Mi...

Medical marijuana banned in Ronan

RONAN — At a meeting on Monday, Ronan City Council members voted unanimously to follow the planning board’s recommendation prohibiting the sale, growth and distribution of medical marijuana within the city limits. Previously, the Ronan City Council issued a temporary moratorium, restricting me...

Local artisan joins Montana Circle of American Masters

RONAN — Eva Boyd learned to make baskets when she was about 10 from her grandmother, Mary Louise Paul. Mrs. Paul lived in Camas Prairie, and Eva remembers her grandmother sitting out by the water making split cedar root baskets.  Now Boyd is a grandmother, even a great-grandmother, with 12 gran...

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