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POLSON — The difference between a cat and a comma: One has claws at the end of its paws and the other is a pause at the end of a clause. We still have several of each kind of See’s Candy but they’re going fast. If you’re superstitious about Friday the 13th and stay home, you’ll miss out on our hot pork sandwich. We will have the toenail clinic here on Jan. 11 from 10 a.m.-noon. Tax season is approaching. Our preparers will be here Mondays and Thursdays starting on Feb. 2. Call for your appointment time at 406-883-4735. Commodities will be sorted and distributed on Tuesday, Jan. 17, this month. Cris Alter and Don Young charged to the forefront ...


ARLEE — On Saturday evening, Jan. 14, the Arlee Senior Citizens’ Center will hold its 2017 annual meeting during the regular second-Saturday 6 p.m. dinner. This is an especially important meeting. All current members, former members of the center, and all friends and neighbors who have supported ...

Judge seeks to implement drug court by summer Judge seeks to implement drug court by summer

Lake County District Court Judge James A. Manley is trying to make a difference in the lives of drug users and the community at large. A $360,000 grant from the U.S. Justice Department is expected to come in the spring and could be implemented by summer, he said. Manley wants to use those funds to set up ...

County may withdraw from hearing tribal cases, public meeting set

POLSON — Lake County Commissioners will hold a public meeting about Public Law 280 at 10 a.m. Jan. 11 in room 211 of the Lake County Court house. The public will hear both sides of the financial issues surrounding the federal law that defines criminal jurisdiction of Tribal members within the reservati...

Crews work to clear roads Crews work to clear roads

LAKE COUNTY – Snowplows across the county are rolling over the roads with their blades down to clear billions of fallen flakes. Three separate departments work different locations to cover the county. The Montana Department of Transportation works to keep the highways clear, the county takes care of wh...

Fire damages Polson business Fire damages Polson business

POLSON — A longtime Polson business suffered significant fire damage on the main floor of their building Thursday morning. A neighbor reported smoke coming from Schultz Refrigeration on First Street East around 4:30 a.m. Firefighters from Polson City Fire responded with mutual aide from Polson Rural...

Fatal wreck likely caused by speeding Fatal wreck likely caused by speeding

NINEPIPE — The Montana Highway Patrol suspects that speed was involved in a fatal wreck that closed Highway 93 in the Ninepipe area south of Ronan late Friday afternoon, Dec. 23. Jacob Paul Imhoff, 22 of Lakeside, was ejected and died at the scene of the crash, according to Lake County Sheriff Don B...

Grizzly population doing well in Northwest Montana Grizzly population doing well in Northwest Montana

BIGFORK – The growth of grizzly bears in northwest Montana was the topic of conversation during the December “Science on Tap” event at the Flathead Lake Brewing Co. Two employees of the U.S. Geological Survey talked to some 30 or so persons about a grizzly bear family tree they have docu...

Museum fundraiser to feature violinist, wildlife writer Museum fundraiser to feature violinist, wildlife writer

News from Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana CHARLO – The annual Black Tie Dinner — tie optional — fundraiser for the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana is Thursday, Jan. 19. Guests are invited to take part in an open tour of the museum starting at 5 p.m. and the dinner at Allentown Rest...

Need for speed Need for speed

POLSON – You may not know youth cyclist Gabriel “Gabe” Shipley, but chances are good you have caught blurred glimpses of him training in the valley. Shipley, a freshman at Mission Valley Christian Academy, is on a mission to stand atop the podium in June at the 2017 USA Cycling Junior Na...

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