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Puppy mill owners appear in court amid demonstrators Puppy mill owners appear in court amid demonstrators

POLSON — A couple, both charged with felony aggravated animal cruelty, made their first appearance in Lake County Justice Court Wednesday amid a throng of people demonstrating against puppy mills. Larry August Latzke, 74, and Nadene Marie Latzke, 71, held hands and sat tersely awaiting Justice of the Peace Randal Owens as the small courtroom filled with demonstrators holding posters and talking among themselves. Owens explained the charge against the two, which has a maximum punishment of two years in the Department of Corrections, $2,500 fine and possible restitution if applicable. They both requested attorneys be appointed. A trial date will be set for the couple to enter...


Drive sober or get pulled over

News from Ronan Police Department RONAN — As part of the national Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown, law enforcement agencies across Montana will deploy extra patrols to prevent impaired driving during the final weeks of the summer season. Saturation patrols for DUI ...

Summerfest Summerfest

Polson was a vibrant hub of activity last weekend as Summerfest 2016 took to the streets with the annual car show hosted by Anderson Broadcasting and the Sandpiper Art Festival on the courthouse lawn. Both events are staples for Polson summers. The Sandpiper Art Festival is celebrating 45 years and the ca...

Police Chief needs funding for improvements Police Chief needs funding for improvements

RONAN – Ronan Police Chief Ken Weaver has focused on improving the department for about two years now, but he needs funding to continue to accomplish his goals. He has a few things on his to-do list including hiring another full-time officer, establishing a salary ladder to retain skilled employees,...

Medical marijuana initiative one of four to make Nov. 8 ballot

MONTANA — At least 24 initiatives were filed this spring, hoping to be placed on Montana’s Nov. 8 ballot. Only four passed. One of those was the Montana Medical Marijuana Initiative, I-182, which supporters call a responsible and accountable law regarding medical marijuana. The goal of the ...

Irrigation board runs into more election issues Irrigation board runs into more election issues

ST. IGNATIUS – The election process got a bit more complicated recently concerning elected board positions for the Flathead Joint Board of Control. The board elected to cancel the last election because 800 ballots were not initially mailed out due to requirements that one person be designated to vot...

Create a defensible space around home

News from AAA MountainWest MONTANA — With the region’s mild winter, wildfire season is starting early this year. As of today, there are more than 1 million acres nationwide that have been lost to wildfires, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. AAA MountainWest understands it&rs...

Do your part to help Montana firefighters

News from Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation MONTANA — With increasingly dry conditions in many areas of Montana, the potential for accidentally starting a wildfire is also very high. Here are a few fire prevention tips to keep in mind as you set out to enjoy your weekend. ...

New facility construction upgrades Ronan schools New facility construction upgrades Ronan schools

RONAN — People attending Thursday’s Ronan Roundup toured new additions at K. William Harvey Elementary School. The new construction includes four classrooms added to the south end of the building that will replace two portable buildings that formerly housed four classrooms. “They were no...

Fundraising begins for Charlo track, football complex Fundraising begins for Charlo track, football complex

CHARLO — Lake County has, undeniably, some of the best community support systems of any place around. From raising money for building a pool in Polson to helping domestic abuse victims in Ronan, Lake County citizens do a lot for its cities and towns. Now, the Charlo community is stepping up to the plat...

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