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Local family robbed, young boy wants television back

ST. IGNATIUS — All 11-year-old Bronco Branson wants for Christmas is his television back. And that is what he hopes will happen if he shares his story: perhaps whoever broke into his home on Dec. 17 will return it. Bronco and his family were the victims of one of several home burglaries that Mission residents have said are growing worse and more frequent. During the Dec. 1 city council meeting, resident Arleta Long voiced problems with shoplifting, but said she was also concerned with the town’s rash of residential break-ins. “I’m sorry; I’m a nosy old lady, but this is my community,” Long said. It is hard to say how many burglaries have ta...


Firefighters spread Christmas cheer

Red and white lights reflected off snowy pines in the dark of the night as a convoy of Ronan Fire Department vehicles made their way down Eagle Pass Trail to hand deliver presents to 5-year-old Sean Burrafato. Each year, firefighters from Ronan chip in $10 or $20 apiece to buy Christmas presents for a list o...


Valley View community gathers for play

Light streamed from the windows of the Valley View Clubhouse on Thursday night, beckoning moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, aunts, uncles and cousins for the annual holiday program presented by the Valley View Elementary School students. The atmosphere was warm as neighbors visited and ate a potluck d...


‘Layaway angels’ at work in Polson

POLSON — “Layaway angels” around the United States have been paying off layaway tabs at Kmarts and Walmarts. The angels also visited Walmart in Polson, according to Cody Grove, Walmart Manager. Grove said five people came into the store and paid off layaways for items for kids. One cu...


Students protest proposed cutbacks in financial aid

POLSON — Proving that high school students do pay attention and do care, Polson High School seniors Clay Frissell, Riley Kenney, Ian Laimbeer, Riley Lemm and Megan Pope have selected issues that will directly affect all of them and want to do something about it. The issues are Republican-leadership-...


Arlee, Nkwusm students spread holiday cheer

ARLEE — Most children might spend a Friday morning watching television or sleeping in, especially if they don’t have to go to school. On a frosty day, around 30 students from Arlee and Nkwusm schools gathered to spread a little holiday cheer at local businesses. Bundled in brightly colored coa...


Ronan City Council gets library district update

RONAN – In an effort to keep the doors of the Ronan City Library open, library director Michelle Fenger is currently in the planning phase of developing the third library district in the state, with one of the other two located in Polson. The Ronan City Library currently has no designated funding, r...


Two injured in collision

RONAN — A woman and a 4-year-old child were lifeflighted to a Missoula hospital Saturday evening after two vehicles were involved in a near head-on collision near Eagle Pass Trail and U.S. Highway 93 around 7 p.m. According to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Shad Andersen, the southbound vehicle was car...


Translating tradition: Salish language accents Arlee holiday concert

ARLEE — Girls wearing festive holiday dresses made of red velvet or cream silk take their place on stage next to young boys in striped vests and slick hair. In small voices, smiling faces, and the occasional wave to a familiar face, they sing beloved Christmas songs to an audience of parents, friends a...


Saoirse Roisin O’Neill

RONAN —  Jimmy Ray O’Neill and Lauren Wier of Polson are proud to announce the arrival of their first child, Saoirse Roisin O’Neill, who was born Nov. 27, 2011, at St. Luke Community Hospital. Saoirse weighed 10 pounds 1 ounce and joins sibling Oliver O’Neill. Paternal grandpa...


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