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Scouts learn life lessons on Melita Island

MELITA ISLAND — It was a Norman Rockwell scene — warm golden light, Boy Scouts playing cards in a big log lodge, a crackling fire, drifting smoke, the snick and clunk of knives slicing watermelon for lunch overlaid with the hum of voices, laughter and music. Songs such as, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Blowin’ in the Wind” played.  Outside, skies were grey and spitting rain on the Melita Island Boy Scout Camp on July 30.  The camp is 64 acres of fun and learning. Beginning about the middle of June, approximately 125 to 130 Boy Scouts per week travel to the island on a Sunday and stay until Saturday of the following week. On the ...


Cyclists follow western part of Lewis and Clark Trail through western Montana

POLSON — The traditional what-I-did-on-my-summer-vacation essay will be easy for Springfield High School students Tyler Arana, Miles Curry, Jason Mahnesmith and Eli Siegle this fall. The four Oregon teenagers and their history teacher James March have been biking the Lewis and Clark Trail since June...


Streetscape receives funds from PRA board

POLSON — The Polson City Commissioners received some good news at their Monday, Aug. 2 meeting when the Polson Redevelopment Agency Board voted to recommend its 2009 Tax Increment Funds be allocated to the Streetscape project.  The amount was expected to be $10,000 but turned out there was $90,...


Community Bank takes towns back in time with centennial celebration

Community Bank celebrated 100 years in business on Friday by reintroducing an old community barbecue tradition to Ronan and Polson.  “It makes you feel good,” Community Bank Board Member Debby Olsson McClenahan explained. “We kind of revived the community barbecue.” She add...


Landowners forced to plow through aging irrigation network

ST. IGNATIUS — On April 9, the Bureau of Indian Affairs officially turned over control of the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project to a cooperative management entity composed of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Flathead Joint Board of Control. In the four months since, FIIP project man...


St. Ignatius boil water order downgraded

ST. IGNATIUS — A boil-water order issued by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for the town of St. Ignatius was repealed Tuesday after several water samples taken Monday from previously contaminated wells came back clean. The town remains under a health advisory until further notice from t...


Pioneer Days: "Git 'er done"

The 2010 Ronan Pioneer Days was an affair to remember, with loads of old-fashioned fun for the whole family to enjoy. “Basically, we as a group like to get things done, and we don’t like sitting around waiting for things to happen,” Ronan Pioneer Days Secretary Robin Nelson said, explaining...


Lake County gears up for a fair to remember

RONAN — For the 71st year, Lake County is preparing for a fun-filled, action-packed county fair. Starting Tuesday, festivities will continue until Aug. 8.  This year’s fair has it all, from the usual animal judging to a concert by Rob Quist and Great Northern, featuring Nashville’s ...


Big Arm holds centennial bash

BIG ARM — There was something for everybody at the Big Arm Bash on July 24 — water fights for the young-at-heart, games for the kids, antique vehicles and wagons for car nuts, a presentation on the Big Arm Schoolhouse for history buffs, a barbecue lunch for the hungry and T-shirts commemorating t...


Polson Police have busy weekend

POLSON — A full moon and beautiful weather made July 23-26 an interesting weekend, according to PPD Chief Doug Chase. Chase said law enforcement responded to 109 incidents. However, Chase stressed the numbers did not reflect on the Flathead Lake 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. Most of the incidents oc...


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