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Finley remembers Army, Air Force career

Octave Finley led the grand entry at the Two Eagle River Elders Week Powwow on May 27. But before Finley became War Dance Chief and before he was chaplain for the Veteran Warrior’s Society, he spent 20 years in the service. Finley was in the army from 1951-1952 serving in Seoul, Korea, and Japan. After he returned home to the Mission Valley, jobs were tough to find.  Finley said he said to himself, “I know where there’s a bed and meals.”  So Finley went back into the service, this time the Air Force, to Lackland Air Force Base for basic training and then on to Walker AFB. Finley said he worked with cars before he went in the military so maybe because ...

New bridge installed in Bockman Park

RONAN — On May 26, the Lake County road and bridge crew wrenched Bockman Park’s oldest bridge out of its place across Spring Creek and replaced it with a shiny, new addition to Ronan’s city park. Using a crane, manpower and communication, a bright, coppery-orange arched bridge was placed...

Skatepark ready to break ground on 2nd phase

ST. IGNATIUS — Skaters could be riding on the second phase of the Skate Ignatius Skatepark as early as July 4, project leader Kristie Nerby said. But $13,500 in donations is still needed to cover the park addition’s $90,000 price tag. Kristie recently received a nice surprise from Dreamland Sk...

Arlee celebrates graduation

ARLEE — Twenty-two Arlee Warriors and Scarlets crossed the stage at Sunday’s high school graduation, eagerly entering the next phase of their lives.  Family and friends packed the gymnasium for the afternoon ceremony, toting cameras and flowers for the graduates and wearing proud smiles. ...

Hathaway presents groundwater information

PABLO — Deborah L. Hathaway from S.S. Papadopulos & Associates, Inc., gave a presentation on groundwater at the Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission Negotiating session on May 26. Hathaway said the goals for the study were to understand ground water in the major basins — the Little Bit...

Seniors finish career at RHS

RONAN — On Sunday afternoon, Ronan’s graduating class lived up to the class motto — “Stop worrying. Start living.” The graduation marked the end of their high school careers and the beginning of a new life outside of school. Not one student was preoccupied with exams, homewor...

Honor Guard marks Memorial Day

ST. IGNATIUS — On a drizzly, chilly Memorial Day, the Mission Valley Honor Guard toured three cemeteries in Arlee and St. Ignatius, taking time to reflect and honor those who died in military service. After gatherings at the Jocko Valley Cemetery in Arlee and Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius, J.C...

Communities honor soldiers

RONAN — Though cold and inconvenient, the rain this Memorial Day was appropriate for Lake County residents who paused to remember those who fought and died for our country. For many veterans, every year Memorial Day serves as a reminder of their own sacrifice and the sacrifices of their comrades in arm...

Silent Sal

Ever wonder what it would be like to run a marathon every day? Mike Ehredt can tell you. But he’d rather tell you why he runs.  Since May 1, the 49-year-old Army veteran has run more than 800 miles across the Northwest, alone and unsupported. His journey won’t be complete for another 3...

Naethe claims Mack Days title

Pablo teenage angler Stephen Naethe won his third Mack Days title in a row, but just barely. Entering the final weekend of the 11-week event, Naethe had already had his third title dating back to the 2009 fall event sewn up, but had to wait and see if anybody could tie him. Columbia Falls angler Steven...

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