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Local family strengthens Haitian connection

POLSON — “Pr rile” or suckers are the perfect treat for Peterson and Adlerson Watkins, but they also like “fromage” or string cheese sticks.  Since Peterson, 5, and Adlerson, 3, are from Haiti, they speak Haitian Creole, which is where the words “pr rile” and ”fromage” come from. Haitian Creole is a mix of French, African dialects and Spanish.  Tifanni and Mike Watkins want to keep the two boys bilingual, so the Watkins speak Haitian Creole at home, although the boys are fluent in English. The Watkins welcomed the two boys into their family when Adlerson and Peterson were adopted on June 26, 2009. Montana is far from H...

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...

Town approves 2nd phase of skatepark

ST. IGNATIUS — After a long wait, the Skate Ignatius Skatepark project is once again running full steam ahead. The St. Ignatius Town Council approved a revised plan for the skatepark’s second phase at its Feb. 2 meeting. The plan, which is “just pretty much scaled down” from the or...

Five escape with minor injuries in 3-car crash

RAVALLI — A three-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 93 and Hwy. 200 sent five people to the hospital with minor injuries and slowed traffic to a crawl for an hour and a half Friday afternoon, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Terry Rosenbaum said.  The collision happened just af...

Two sustain injuries after collision near Ronan

RONAN — On Sunday at approximately 2:43 p.m., Montana Highway Patrol and the Ronan Volunteer Fire Department responded to a wreck that occurred at 2:25 p.m. south of Ronan on U.S. Highway 93.  According to Trooper Shad Anderson, a Ford Five Hundred SE traveling in the south bound lane, drifted ...

Chief Cliff Singers to perform at Winter Olympics

ELMO — The 2010 Winter Olympic Games are coming on Feb. 12, and no one is more excited then the Chief Cliff Singers. The drum group will be heading to Vancouver, British Columbia, to perform at the Olympics on Feb. 19. according to Mike Kenmille. Mike heads up the Chief Cliff Singers and is also a Conf...

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