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Drug Court celebrates successful first year Drug Court celebrates successful first year

POLSON – In an effort to keep people from continuously cycling in and out of the criminal justice system, a drug court for Lake County was a developed with a focus on helping people create a new life for themselves. On Thursday, April 11, Lake County Drug Court celebrated its seventh graduate and a successful first year as a new program. Susan Pierre stood in front of a courtroom wearing graduation attire and thanked program participants, friends, family and officials for their support. She started the program about a year ago and has done so well that she was appointed the guardian for her grandchildren.  Participating in drug court changed her life. She said she started o...

Students donate blankets to hospital Students donate blankets to hospital

By Rob Zolman Valley Journal RONAN – Infants born at the St. Luke Community Healthcare hospital’s New Beginning Birth Center will receive cozy blankets thanks to the generous donation from the Charlo High School class of 2022. On Thursday, the freshman donated handmade fleece blankets to ...

Voters can expect to see Lake County mail-in election ballots around April 17

LAKE COUNTY – The upcoming school and special purpose district election is an all mail-in ballot election. Lake County Election Administrator Katie Harding said the ballots for the May 7 election will be mailed out on April 17. Eight issues are scheduled to be decided in districts from Arlee to Pols...

Annual Buttercup Run draws big crowd Annual Buttercup Run draws big crowd

ARLEE – Four-year-old Chmte Pete charged across the finish line of the one-mile race with gusto, beating his father by 20 seconds. Pete was one of the younger participants in Saturday’s races, but the event brought out community members in every stage of life. Chmte’s father, Shandin Pet...

Rain, rain, go away: softball games get rained out Rain, rain, go away: softball games get rained out

ST. IGNATIUS – With field conditions last week more suited for a bass-fishing tournament than a girls’ high school softball game, the Mission-Arlee-Charlo (MAC) Lady Bulldog’s 2019 season home openers against the Eureka Lady Lions and Libby Lady Loggers were scrapped, rescheduled and reloca...

Polson seniors for April 17, 2019

POLSON — “Don’t let aging get you down. It’s too hard to get back up.” - John Wagner  Tax season is over ... yay!  On Tuesday, April 23, there will be a hearing clinic at the center beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 11 a.m.  The center has bingo every Fri...

St. Ignatius seniors for April 17, 2019

ST. IGNATIUS — If you see a rabbit laying little brown eggs, don’t eat them. It’s not chocolate. Our center will have an indoor yard sale May 8, 9, 10, and 11, including a bake sale on Friday May 10. All donations are greatly appreciated. We serve meals on Tuesdays and Fridays at noon...

Ronan Seniors for April 17, 2019

RONAN — Mother Nature has really been on a crazy track lately. One day the sun is shining and the next it is raining and snowing; who knows what to expect next.  Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 20, when we will have our spring bazaar . There will be lots of homemade crafts and a bake sal...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Joseph comes from a military family with members serving in WWI and WWII.  It was expected that he would join, and he did. In 1963, Joseph enlisted in the Army and went to Fort Ord, California, for basic training. He was there as a private for about three hours and decided it wasn’t for him. So, h...

Lieutenant General Frank Libutti pins the Navy Cross on Lance Cpl. James Stogner. Lieutenant General Frank Libutti pins the Navy Cross on Lance Cpl. James Stogner.

POLSON – More than a half-century after his battlefield heroics during the Vietnam War, former Polson resident Lance Cpl. James Stogner was awarded the Navy Cross – the nation’s second-highest decoration awarded for valor in combat. The Polson Veterans of Foreign Wars hosted the ceremony on...

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