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Bridge closure to limit travel between Ronan, Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS — According to Lake County Commissioner Ann Brower, the State of Montana will close Christiansen Bridge, the third bridge east of Montana Highway 28 on Little Bitterroot Road between Ronan and Hot Springs, March 4-29. During this time, the bridge will be replaced with a steel bridge.  A letter dated Feb. 20 from the Montana Department of Transportation to the Lake County Commissioners Office reads, “Due to deterioration of the piles at both abutments, failure of one of the piles at abutment 1, and the lack of support beneath the square pile at the pier, this bridge can no longer carry traffic.”  “This is a well-traveled road, and there is ...


Soup’s On holds benefit Soup’s On holds benefit

POLSON — The teepee-sleepers at the Wander Inn in Polson have upped the ante this year.  ”We aren’t coming out until we’ve raised $20,000,” said Sandy Farrell, an event director and sleeper. In the past three years, the group has set their goal at $10,000. This is the...

SKC job fair draws diverse crowd SKC job fair draws diverse crowd

PABLO — The parking lot was crowded on Feb. 19 at the Joe McDonald Health and Wellness Center on Salish Kootenai College campus. Lots of vehicles predicted good attendance at the SKC job fair, hosted by Salish Kootenai College and Lake County Job Service.   Todd Erickson, Lake County Job Servic...

Wildlife student seeks barn owl sightings

Kari Eneas, tribal wildlife biologist trainee and student at the University of Montana, is planning a research project and field study of barn owls in the Mission Valley. Eneas is a senior in the wildlife management program and will conduct a survey of barn owls as an independent study project. This project ...

Arlee remembers fallen ‘warrior woman’ Arlee remembers fallen ‘warrior woman’

ARLEE — The air was a peaceful mix of sadness, grief, hope and love in the Arlee Community Center Saturday afternoon as friends, family and total strangers quietly walked in and out of the building, exchanging hopeful smiles and glances in an atmosphere that could only be described as one of healing.&n...

County commissioners OK Ronan library district vote County commissioners OK Ronan library district vote

Lake County Commissioners passed a resolution last week allowing for a ballot vote on the creation of a new library district in Ronan. Registered voters living within Ronan-Pablo School District No. 30 will vote on the measure sometime this spring or summer.  In the face of a massive recession, the C...

Convicted murderer back in jail 2 days after release

POLSON — Clifford Oldhorn is back in Lake County Jail after Sanders County law enforcement found him drinking in Dixon just two days after his release. District Judge C.B. McNeil set Oldhorn free on his own recognizance Feb. 13 pending a new trial in the Harold W. Mitchell Jr. murder case, but Old...

Residents fear United Nations interference on local level

Questions about development and projects being linked to Agenda 21 have surfaced in Polson recently.  Area resident Diane Speer first became aware of Agenda 21 and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives at a February 2012 meeting of the Polson City Commission when she heard peo...

Deputy cleared in pursuit shooting

RONAN — The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office completed an investigation into the Feb. 8 pursuit during which Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Joel Diaz used his firearm to shoot out a vehicle’s tires. The Missoula County Sheriffs Office found the shooting to be justified, according to a p...

Research, history point to benefits of concealed-carry laws Research, history point to benefits of concealed-carry laws

After Sandy Hook, schools across the nation started sending teachers to obtain their concealed-carry permits. As with most mass shootings in the United States, one of the inevitable debates chosen by political pundits, politicians and citizens alike is whether or not concealed-carry actually inhibits crime a...

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