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Skiers unharmed after rescue operation in Missions

ST. IGNATIUS — A large rescue operation prompted by an early-morning distress call from three backcountry skiers Thursday ended safely after search and rescue teams located the skiers and monitored their progress down the mountain via radio. The initial report of the distressed skiers, who were high on St. Mary’s Peak in the Missions, came through Flathead County Search and Rescue. A Columbia Falls man who was a friend of the skiers got a phone call at around 6 a.m. from his friend, informing him that blizzard conditions Wednesday afternoon had forced the three to camp on top of the mountain at about 9,500 feet. When the three skiers — a 16-year-old boy, his father and ...


Local woman honored for contributions to quarter horse breed

PABLO — At the age of 84, Fay Haynes can’t imagine a day when she can no longer ride. Horses have been her life since age 5, when her dad first led her around on an old gray mare named Dolly while he mended fences. “I felt pretty big,” Haynes said. “I rode from then on.&rdquo...


Ronan-Pablo school district, Montana celebrate 6 years of progress

RONAN — It’s late afternoon on the Monday after winter break and five Ronan Middle School students are still at school, printing. They work over small pieces of material, carefully drawing their designs and anxiously waiting to press their penciled drawings into the paint.  Every student ...


Ronan City Council discusses water projects

RONAN — Water was a hot topic at the Ronan City Council Meeting on Monday.  Wastewater project manager Shari Johnson met with city council to give an update on the Spring Creek Lift Station Project.  In order to improve the Spring Creek Lift Station, the city embarked on a project to re...


Conductor gets Dixon students tuned for symphony trip

DIXON — If you can’t rub your stomach and pat your head at the same time, you probably can’t direct an orchestra, Dixon students learned last week. In fact, a conductor’s hand movements are much more complicated than most things people do in everyday life. And on top of the coordin...


At age 82, ‘Grandma D’ is Mission’s biggest fan

ST. IGNATIUS — It’s a well-known fact among Mission High School athletes that whether or not their families can make it to a game, they’ll always have a supporter in the stands as long as Lois Dumont is around.  In 40 years of following Mission athletics, Dumont has earned the statu...


The beat goes on

February is a month synonymous with red and pink hearts, candy conversation hearts and frilly valentine cards covered with hearts. It’s also designated American Heart Month. Healthy hearts that pump blood through bodies have been priorities at St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s cardiac rehabi...


Elvis impersonator entertains at PHS

POLSON — Elvis was in the building on Feb. 18 — the Polson High School building.  Elvis was really Elvis impersonator Ryan Pelton. Pelton and his five-piece band rocked the PHS auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. About 425 Elvis fans showed up to sing along and clap their hands as Pelton sa...


Birthday party disagreement leads to brawl between brothers

PABLO — A discussion about birthday plans turned into a dangerous disagreement last weekend in Pablo. Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call that two males outside a residence of North Woods Trailer Court east on Courville Trail were shooting at each other on Saturday at 4:50 p.m. No...


City plans to operate golf course restaurant

POLSON — The Polson City Commissioners passed a motion that the city of Polson operate the golf course restaurant for the rest of 2010, taking into consideration comments by former Polson City Commissioner Jim Sohm and Polson City Manager Todd Crossett and inventorying liquor monthly. Commissioner Ron ...


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