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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 settlement document, which all parties have to agree to before the compact can be completed. Article I of the document is a set of recitals, Article II defines the terms while Article III is the quantification and issues surrounding quantification of water rights. Article IV will be the administrative article of implementation. The goal is to have Articles III and IV drafted in the next two to t...

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...

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...

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...

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