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Feiler wins Saved by the Belt Award

POLSON — “The baby slept through it all,” Abigail Feiler said.  Feiler was talking about an accident she, her children and her younger sister were in on Dec. 23 about four miles south of Niarada.  “I was going home on Highway 28 when I hit black ice,” Abigail Feiler said.  Feiler remembered thinking there was nothing she could do. Her car slid into a guardrail, bounced off and did a 180. “It was so scary,” Feiler said.  The car came to rest upside down in the ditch. The airbags went off so “there was a horrible smell” Feiler said. Since the children were securely strapped into their seat belts her da...


Construction nearly complete on new food pantry

Construction workers, concrete trucks, drywall installers and masons have been swarming over the old Folkshop building at 904 1 Street E. The building is being remodeled and updated under contractor Hu Beaver’s expert guidance and will serve as the new home for Loaves and Fish Food Pantry. Loaves an...


Chase presents awards at city commission meeting

POLSON — At the Polson City Commission meeting on March 1, Polson Police Chief Doug Chase presented a series of awards to Polson Police Officers. Chase was joined by Tribal Law Enforcement Chief Craige Couture and Montana Highway Patrol Captain Clancy King and Sergeant Randy Owen, who presented awards ...


Motorcyclist crashes on 93

 RONAN — Rather than be apprehended by Ronan police, James Adams attempted to outrun officer David Bennett and crashed his motorcycle at the intersection of U.S Highway 93 and Old Highway 93 on Monday. Adams, of Arlee, was not wearing  a helmet in the one-vehicle wreck when he attempted to...


Water rights negotiators start work on articles of settlement

POLSON — Negotiating teams from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the State of Montana Water Rights Compact Commission and the United States met for a session on Feb. 24 at 9 a.m. at the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino. New business included beginning the work to draft an articles of settleme...


Spring Creek Lift Station nears completion

RONAN — Most people don’t think about where the water flowing down their drains ends up.  They go about their business, flushing toilets, washing dishes, and taking showers, without giving any thought to the mechanics of the sewer system.  However, since 80 percent of the Ronan&rs...


Ronan district opens new preschool

RONAN — It’s Friday afternoon and the scene is perfectly pristine. In a school yard, 15 four-year-old children laugh and play as the sun makes a dramatic pre-spring appearance in the valley.  But it’s not a day care or private preschool that the 15 exuberant children are enrolled in...


Career, job fair draws about 600

PABLO — Organizations from the Montana Highway Patrol to Healthy Montana Kids had tables at the Joe McDonald Health and Wellness Center on Feb. 23 for a career/job fair. In all 96 different organizations and businesses were on the Salish Kootenai College campus.  The parking lot was packed as a...


Human rights speaker draws fire from audience

ST. IGNATIUS — A presentation by Montana Human Rights Network Executive Director Travis McAdam sparked a heated debate over the Patriot movement and Constitutional issues Wednesday night in St. Ignatius. Community members packed the St. Ignatius Senior Center for the public event, which was sponsore...


City discusses storm water project with engineers

RONAN — Directly following the Feb. 22 city council meeting, the city of Ronan held a public hearing, seeking public comments regarding the proposed storm water project. City council members and a few interested citizens were in attendance as city engineers Shari Johnson and Collette Anderson presen...


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