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Plea agreement reached for juvenile who killed 3-year-old boy

POLSON – The 17-year-old male charged with negligent homicide in the death of Phillip Shourds Jr., a 3-year-old boy who was killed in Pablo on Thanksgiving Day, has received a plea agreement. Ronan resident Chasen Curley appeared in youth court Wednesday, March 8, when the plea agreement was announced. After the hearing, County Attorney Steve Eschenbacher said the agreement calls for a six-year deferred sentence for felony criminal endangerment, which was amended from negligent homicide. In court on Wednesday, Curley took responsibility for causing the child’s death. A restitution, transfer and adjudication or sentencing hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. March 29. Any ...

Students host friendly political forum Students host friendly political forum

RONAN — In an effort to show students that it’s okay to disagree about politics, four Montana legislators, three Republicans and one Democrat answered questions about current issues including invasive species, Public Law 280, and election ballots. “It’s great that the kids get invo...

Name released of driver in fatal wreck

RONAN – Lake County Sheriff Don Bell recently released the name of the woman killed in a crash that occurred on the morning of Monday, Feb. 27, between a Ronan school bus and a Honda Pilot on U.S. Highway 93 near Spring Creek Road and Lake’s Corner. Cheryl Ann Brown, 56, of Kalispell died in a...

CSKT stepping up to fully fund Pablo inspection station CSKT stepping up to fully fund Pablo inspection station

PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are putting a little more muscle into the fight against mussels. CSKT is contributing $17,000 this year to operate an inspection station in Pablo, according to Mike Durglo, the tribes’ environmental director. Last year, the tribes gave $10,00...

Principal sleeps on school roof Principal sleeps on school roof

ST. IGNATIUS — Mission Elementary School principal Tyler Arlint gripped the ladder leaning against the 33-foot building and began to climb. “On the roof, on the roof,” the elementary students chanted. Principal Arlint promised to spend the night on the roof if the students read 2,000 boo...

Jumping for a cause Jumping for a cause

POLSON — They may not have been jumping for joy, but they were happy nonetheless. One hundred and twenty-five of 400 Linderman Elementary students participated in “Jump Rope for Heart” event on March 1. American Heart Association regional representative Lisa Vesciano said some $4,500 ...

Dodgeball tournament a big hit Dodgeball tournament a big hit

RONAN – On Friday night in the old Ronan High School gym, 14 area teams dipped, dove, ducked and dodged in a tournament to benefit the Chiefs’ and Maidens’ spring sports program. The game of dodgeball has been a popular bruise-inducing childhood activity on school playgrounds as well as ...

Digging deeper Digging deeper

RONAN — Great art compels a person to ask questions and explore its meaning. That’s what students at K. William Harvey Elementary School learned Thursday when Tess Fahlgren of Art Mobile of Montana brought about 30 pieces of fine art to the school, including a clay sculpture from India and wor...


ARLEE — March indeed came in like a lion, with a bit of snow, wind, rain and sun. Mostly we like the sun and the melting of snow. We find that many of our snowbirds are staying a bit longer in that sunshine state. February was a busy month with the Arlee/Jocko Volunteer Fire Department having their ann...

St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS —May your joys be as deep as the oceans, your troubles as light as its foam, and may you find sweet peace of mind wherever you may roam. Everyone is welcome at our center. You need not be a senior citizen to join us. Meals are served every Tuesday and Friday at noon, and on the first...

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