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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Mission Valley It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Mission Valley

The Mission Valley is officially aglow for the holidays with thousands of twinkling lights at the Ronan fairgrounds.  This is the sophomore year for the annual Lights Under the Big Sky festival, which came to fruition as a way for communities to come together to celebrate the holiday season and as a place to create tradition and memories.  “I think it has caught on,” said event manager Sjaan Vincent on Friday. “It has been pretty much a steady stream of guests all night.”   Volunteer Punk Kerr, who was stationed at the ticket booth, confirmed Vincent’s statement, “It’s been wonderful. We have had great crowds the last tw...


Polson business leaders raise concerns about downtown safety Polson business leaders raise concerns about downtown safety

POLSON – About 30 Polson city residents and downtown business owners voiced their collective concerns and frustration regarding the increased occurrences of petty crimes in the downtown area, which are negatively affecting their quality of life and businesses. The Thursday evening meeting was held a...

CSKT Pharmacy gets reduced civil penalty CSKT Pharmacy gets reduced civil penalty

ST. IGNATIUS – Approximately 2,500 oxycodone pills were stolen or unaccounted for from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Pharmacy in St. Ignatius resulting in an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration in March 2017 to March 2018. During the DEA’s inspection of th...

City of Polson hires legal staff

POLSON – More than a month after the former city attorney resigned, the Polson City Commission appointed a city attorney and an assistant city attorney to take on the city’s legal needs. Attorney Clinton Fischer is the new city attorney and Joshua Morigeau is the new assistant city attorney. T...

Commission considers unanticipated addition to wastewater treatment facility

POLSON – Commissioners will visit the wastewater treatment facility construction site before deciding whether to approve a request for a $119,000 drainage improvement that was not included in original designs for the project. Kevin Johnson, project manager from DOWL, the engineering firm that design...

Community Christmas tree to be removed, new tree established Community Christmas tree to be removed, new tree established

POLSON — Last year was the final holiday season for an evergreen that has been an emblem of holiday cheer in Polson for years.  The former community Christmas tree is located between Showboat Cinemas and Glacier Bank on Main Street. It will not be lit this year, and it will be removed before th...

Man killed in hit and run

PABLO – A 20-year-old man was killed during a hit-and-run incident on U.S. Highway 93 near mile marker 53 in Pablo on Dec. 8. The victim has been identified as Aiden Michael Finley of Polson. (See related obituary on page 34.) Montana Highway Patrol Sargent Chan Barry said the incident occurred arou...

Police arrest another person involved in shooting

RONAN – A man involved in a November shooting and robbery incident with a 16-year-old in Ronan was found and arrested in Polson.  A Polson Police officer arrested Darius Samuel McDougall, 21, on Thursday, Dec. 6, for his alleged involvement in a robbery at a residence at the 300 block of 12th A...

DNRC responds to 'People’s Compact' inquiries

News from the DNRC  MONTANA – In response to a growing number of inquiries regarding a “People’s Compact” circulating among citizens and media in Western Montana, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Director John Tubbs released the following s...

With 2019 Montana Legislature fast approaching, a rules fight is brewing in House With 2019 Montana Legislature fast approaching, a rules fight is brewing in House

HELENA — A proposed change to the way the House considers bills has been tabled, for now. In November, Democrats and some Republicans on the Legislative Council proposed rule changes that would allow lawmakers to move bills to the House floor with a simple majority vote, instead of the supermajority...

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