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Military book to mark Memorial Day

DIXON — Eight years ago, Beverly Hamel received a phone call that started her on a journey through Lake County’s past.  An employee at the Missoula Public Library was on the other end of the line, and asked Hamel to take on a project along with some other volunteers. Hamel’s task was to peruse archives of the Ronan Pioneer, the town’s first newspaper, in search of information about Salish history. While she compiled obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, Hamel noticed that many Lake County citizens had served in the military, and started to wonder if locals knew about their families’ military histories. “I thought, ‘Gosh, it’...


Ranch Education Days draw new crop of fourth-graders

IRVINE FLATS —  “Does branding hurt?”  “What kind of cow are those red ones?”  “What’s the hawk’s name?”  “Why is that baby cow getting a shot?” These questions are just a sampling of the hundreds of questions s...


Cold weather means hot hooks at Kids Fishing Day

NINEPIPE — Bad weather meant good fishing for the annual Kids Fishing Day held Saturday at Ninepipe Pond. Last year, young anglers enjoyed blue skies and warmth, but only hooked one fish. But Saturday morning, youngsters caught more than 100 fish, although most of the 70 young fishermen and women heade...


Mack Days’ anglers keep blowing away record

A windy Sunday kept the window open, however slim, for somebody other than Pablo teenager Stephen Naethe winning the 2010 Spring Mack Days. Naethe, who is also in the lead for largest fish, was trying to bring his 15-day average to the perfect 50-fish limit Sunday, but the winds put his plans on hold for ...


Polson man pens adventure novel

David “Dave” Basta had a recurring dream about an airplane crash and a pilot ending up in an underground cavern. It was a good story so he wrote a novel about this dream and titled his book “The Underside of the Mountain.” Part of the appeal of this novel is that Basta is a pilot a...


Charlo multi-purpose facility completed

After three years of planning, compromise and construction, Charlo School’s multi-purpose facility is finally finished.  Plans for the $1.5 million project began after a fire destroyed the previous gymnasium that was over 50 years old.  Superintendent Paul Jenkins, who wasn’t empl...


Teachers get wild at Bison Range workshop

You learn something new every day, a fact that was certainly true at a discovery workshop for teachers held Friday at the National Bison Range. About 20 Western Montana educators who work with children ages 3-7 attended the Growing Up WILD workshop, where they were introduced to a variety of activities that ...


Kiwanis donates to organizations

POLSON — The Polson Middle School Jazz Band under the direction of Bob Mazurek provided some lunch music for the Polson Kiwanis on April 29. Mazurek and his students came to thank Kiwanis for a $1,000 check to be used to buy instruments and music for the program. Kiwanis member Janet Vail chipped in...


Commission tables Kapp’s property trade proposal

POLSON — Gary Kapp came to the Polson City Commission meeting on Monday night to propose a trade. Kapp offered a piece of his property east of La Vista Drive and a sewer easement to the city in exchange for waiving the $5,700 impact fees on his property. The commissioners and Kapp discussed concerns...


Jette Meadows upgrades water system

POLSON — A new 200,000-gallon water tank nestles in the pines of Jette Meadows, a tangible symbol of five years of hard work for the Jette Meadows Lake County Water and Sewer District.  The overhaul of the water system began with a well going dry about three years ago, but prior to that periodi...


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