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MSU student wins top engineering award

For any student, the advice and the attitude of a teacher can make a world of difference. And there is no better example of that then Lake County’s own Marques Jones. This May, Jones graduated from Montana State University with a degree in chemical engineering. As if that’s not impressive enough, Jones ended his academic career with honors and was awarded the Gold Medal Award from the Montana Society of Engineers.  Not too shabby for a kid, who was told he was slow in the third grade. “We weren’t going to hold him back,” Linda Jones, Marques’ mother said.  Linda currently teaches at the Ronan Middle School. She explained that when th...

Inaugural Arlee farmers market draws crowd

ARLEE — A year ago, you could barely drive through this town. Construction on U.S. Highway 93 virtually shut down Arlee for the majority of last summer, making the recession even more painful for local businesses, but this year has already proved quite different. Northbound travelers through Arlee l...

Community seeks answers in candidate forum

ST. IGNATIUS — In a neighborly gathering at the St. Ignatius Senior Center last Thursday evening, candidates in five local races discussed issues ranging from the condition of county roads to property rights and prisoner care.  Moderator Ruth Mahle kept the mood light with friendly banter as ab...

New problems plague Spring Creek Lift Station

RONAN — After approving the draw down for the Spring Creek Project at a council meeting on Monday, the Ronan City Council was informed of new issues that had recently developed with the Spring Creek Lift Station. The impermeable liner that was installed to act as a reinforcement in the station, came...

Two Eagle River School graduates 18 students

PABLO — Yamncut drummed and sang the processional as 18 graduating seniors walked to the dias. Friends and family crowded the gym at Two Eagle River School at 4 p.m. on May 23 to honor the class of 2010. Cameras flashed as girls in white graduation robes and mortarboards and the boys in red seated them...

Charlo community honors graduating seniors

CHARLO — Charlo’s 27 seniors dressed in purple gowns and expressing a mixture of cheerful smiles and tearful goodbyes, proudly crossed their high school stage for the last time on Sunday afternoon. The graduation started at 3 p.m. with a slide show, portraying the seniors in various stages of ...

Benson edges closer to Naethe for Mack Days’ title

After the penultimate weekend of the 2010 Spring Mack Days, Columbia Falls’ Steven Benson still has a chance to catch Stephen Naethe for the top angler, but he will need to be perfect in the final weekend. Benson caught 50 of the 1,321 lake trout turned in Friday and was one of three anglers to reac...

Ness, Maestas chosen as Gates Millennium Scholars

PABLO — The Gate Millennium Scholars Program has announced its 2010 cohort of scholars. Five Montana students were selected for the good-through-graduation college scholarship, and two of those students attend Two Eagle River School.  Tiana Ness and James Maestas III are two of the 1,000 schola...

Ronan School Board defends trustee oath

RONAN — On Wednesday the Ronan school board, including the three recently sworn-in trustees, met, clearly upholding their original oaths given by district clerk Pamela Harris the Monday before. The school board continued with Monday’s meeting, which proved to be contentious when it was cut sho...

County commissioner candidates weigh-in on issues

Four Republicans candidates are running for Lake County Commissioner for District #2. Since there are no other opponents, the primary election on June 8 will decide their race. The candidates are Roy Anderson , Ann Smith Brower , Ron Merwin and Paul Tryon .  The candidates were asked for thei...

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