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Wolf hunt ends with highest harvest yet Wolf hunt ends with highest harvest yet

HELENA — The 2012-13 Montana wolf hunt saw a 36-percent increase in harvest numbers from last year. The 181-day season closed with a total of 225 wolves taken by hunters and trappers — the largest harvest so far.  According to a press release, 128 wolves were taken by hunters and 97 by trappers. An additional 104 wolves were harvested by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in 70 different incidences.  Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks communication and education spokesman Ron Aasheim said of the wolves taken by the FWS, the vast majority were preying on livestock. In Idaho, Aasheim said, most wolves are in the backcountry and away from people, landowners a...


Ronan residents get update on Highway 93 project Ronan residents get update on Highway 93 project

RONAN — Nearly 100 local residents packed Ronan’s Community Center March 4 to hear a presentation regarding proposed U.S. Highway 93 improvements, take a look at the proposed roadway, and ask questions of Montana Department of Transportation personnel and engineers.  The $23 million proje...

Ronan bids fond farewell to Rita Tingey Ronan bids fond farewell to Rita Tingey

When Rita Tingey joined the staff of Ronan-Pablo School District No. 30 in the fall of 2009, she said she had one simple objective. “My first goal was just to survive,” Tingey said with a laugh. “My classroom was on the stage. There was no blackbox theater, no dressing room, no shop to b...

Judge reprimands county attorney in court Judge reprimands county attorney in court

POLSON — District Judge C.B. McNeil reprimanded County Attorney Mitch Young for his handling of media inquiries into accused killer Clifford Oldhorn’s case but refused Oldhorn a reduction in bail last week.  Oldhorn denied Wednesday in Lake County District Court that he violated condition...

Bridge on Little Bitterroot Road to close for replacement Bridge on Little Bitterroot Road to close for replacement

HOT SPRINGS — Christensen Bridge, the third bridge from Montana Highway 28 traveling east on Little Bitterroot Road about three and a half miles from Hot Springs, will be closed for replacement March 18-April 8, according to a press release from the Lake County Commissioner’s Office. “It...

Water rights compact moves to legislature Water rights compact moves to legislature

The week of Feb. 25 to March 1 was a busy one for the water rights compact on the Flathead Reservation. First, on Feb. 26, the nine-member Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission approved the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes/Montana water compact and sent it on its way to the Montana State Le...

Candidates file for irrigation, fire, library boards

Tuesday, May 7, is Election Day for fire districts and service areas, irrigation districts, library districts and school board elections.  Those filing for candidacy by Feb. 21 were:   Charlo/Moiese Rural Fire District Trustee Ronald R. Bucholz Irvin Long   Montecahto R...

Polson firefighters climb for a cure Polson firefighters climb for a cure

POLSON — Firefighters from the Polson Volunteer Fire Department will be traveling to Seattle to climb the Columbia Center for the 2013 Scott Firefighter Stairclimb. Firefighters climb 69 floors, 1,317 steps and 788 vertical feet. No shorts and T-shirts are allowed, either. They climb in 45 pounds of fi...

Polson Fairgrounds renovations under way Polson Fairgrounds renovations under way

POLSON — The Polson PRCA Rodeo will be even more enjoyable this year with new seating and renovated grandstands. The grandstands at the Polson Fairgrounds are getting a seat lift, thanks to a grant from the Montana Department of Transportation. Funded by lodging tax collected across the state of Montan...

Local resident plans to open roller rink

PABLO — Ethan Friedlander, a life-long resident of the Flathead Indian Reservation, hopes to open a roller rink in Pablo sometime this summer.  The idea was born more than 15 years ago when Friedlander moved away from the reservation for a number of years, attending middle school in Laurel. The...

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