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High-speed chase ends with shooting, death of murder suspect High-speed chase ends with shooting, death of murder suspect

WOODS BAY — Lake County Sheriff Don Bell reported that U.S. Highway 35 was closed on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 9, to through traffic on both sides of mile marker 26.  The highway was closed to allow state officials time to investigate the scene where a shooting occurred. The incident began in Flathead County as law enforcement pursued a suspect believed to be involved in another shooting in Kalispell.  Bell said deputies from the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the scene of the first shooting at 135 Cobbler Village, in Kalispell, where an assault victim suffered from a gunshot wound.  Medical responders determined that the victim ...


Four new cases of COVID-19 found on Flathead Reservation Four new cases of COVID-19 found on Flathead Reservation

News from UCC  FLATHEAD RESERVATION – Lake County- CSKT Unified Command Center reported that Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Health officials confirmed Friday that three previously presumptive positive COVID-19 cases are positive. On top of the initial three, confirmation came from th...

COVID-19 testing opens locally for anyone wanting one

News from UCC  FLATHEAD RESERVATION – The Lake County – CSKT Unified Command Center will be offering all residents of the Mission Valley a free COVID-19 test at four sites over four days.  Residents of Lake County and/or the Flathead Indian Reservation are invited to attend the ...

Ronan Library District announces summer schedule, programs

RONAN — The Ronan Library District is open and providing services on a limited basis to balance patrons’ needs and ongoing safety. Current hours of service are Tuesday thru Friday, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Everyone is required to wear masks and respect social distancing while in the library. Patrons a...

Local group urges residents to complete census Local group urges residents to complete census

FLATHEAD RESERVATION – Once every ten years, the federal government counts residents of the United States, and a local group is working to ensure that residents of the Flathead Reservation are included in the 2020 count.  The census is available for completion at mycensus2020.org. It takes less...

Commission to interview four finalists for city manager

POLSON – The Polson Commission voted unanimously to accept the four finalists for city manager, chosen by consulting firm The Mercer Group, Inc. and the city’s commission-appointed City Manager Search committee, in a vote held via Zoom meeting.  City planner Kyle Roberts said Jim Mercer r...

Local businesses get pandemic creative

POLSON – When the state of Montana was under a stay-at-home order, businesses around the area deemed “non-essential” went dark as part of the effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Polson Chamber of Commerce office manager Carol Cunningham said many local businesses have lost si...

Montana’s family farms, ranches face uncertain future as producers age out Montana’s family farms, ranches face uncertain future as producers age out

Montana is the oldest state west of the Mississippi, and demographic projections show the state growing collectively older as more Montanans enter their senior years. The economic, cultural, and personal impacts of that trend present the state and its residents with new challenges and, with those challenges...

St. Ignatius seniors for June 17, 2020

ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Senior Citizens Center is accepting applications for the part-time position of site manager. For more information about that position, call center president Barbara Plouffe at 406-745-3396. The center is tentatively scheduled to reopen on July 7. Meanwhile, the center re...

Polson seniors for June 17, 2020

POLSON — We are still closed until Phase III of the Montana Reopening Plan.   Lunches are delivered Monday through Friday for $5.  The menu is as follows: —  Wednesday, June17: meatloaf, whip potatoes, carrots, apple salad, poke cake —  Thursday, June 18: Phi...

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