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Bison roundup draws crowd, profits Bison roundup draws crowd, profits

MOIESE — While the National Bison Range has not changed in size since its creation in 1908, the herd grows by 60 to 80 animals each spring with the birth of calves. Because the range can only comfortably support between 250 and 325 bison, the range removes 50 to 95 surplus animals from the herd during the annual bison roundup. These bison are either sold at auction to private rangers or donated.  The annual bison roundup’s primary purpose is to better understand the genetics, health and size of the bison population in order to better manage the herd. However, due to the nature of the work and the subject matter, the roundup has become a yearly educational opportunity ...

St. Ignatius begins pre-disaster mitigation plan

ST. IGNATIUS — During a brief St. Ignatius City Council meeting Oct. 2, Lake County Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Stephen Stanley outlined the towns need for involvement in an updated pre-disaster mitigation plan.  Stanley explained that a pre-disaster mitigation plan identifies po...

Polson named most business-friendly city

POLSON — At the Oct. 1 Polson City Commissioner’s meeting, City Manager Todd Crossett announced that the Montana Policy Institute completed a study on the most business-friendly of Montana’s 25 largest cities, and Polson topped the list. The three categories ranked were economic vitality, b...

Local lawyer hopes to unseat district judge Local lawyer hopes to unseat district judge

The District Court judge seat in District 20 is up for grabs in the Mission Valley, and two local residents are competing for the job.  Montana currently sustains 56 District Courts in 22 judicial districts. District Court judges serve six-year terms. During these terms, they hear cases including all...

Gold Star mothers honored in Ronan Gold Star mothers honored in Ronan

RONAN — United States soldiers are an uncommon phenomenon. Unlike most other countries, the United States maintains a standing military composed entirely of volunteers. Moreover, these men and women fight for a cause and a belief that resonates with each and every citizen of these United States: freedo...

Lake County businesses, clubs to host political events Lake County businesses, clubs to host political events

LAKE COUNTY — Several area businesses and clubs will host candidate forums in the upcoming month. Listed are the offices open for election in November and candidates running for them:  For House District 11, Greg Hertz, Republican, and Bud Koppy, Democrat, are the candidates. For House Distr...

Ronan City Council continues budget meetings Ronan City Council continues budget meetings

RONAN — Ronan’s well-attended, heated, and more than three-hour-long Sept. 24 city council meeting featured discussions on everything from the city’s annual budget to supporting the Hate-Free Zone project. The council heard a short presentation by Cathy Billie on the Hate-Free Zone proje...

Mission Valley runaways safe at home Mission Valley runaways safe at home

RONAN — After more than 80 hours in the Mission Mountains, two runaway teens safely returned home last week.  According to a press release, 14-year-old Bailey Speagle and 15-year-old Justin Krahn ran away from home and headed into the Mission Mountain Wilderness the morning of Sept. 23.  ...

County inmate attempts suicide

POLSON — Lake County Jail inmate Richard Davis attempted to hang himself in the Lake County Jail Sept. 25. According to Undersheriff Daniel Yonkin, Davis was being held on a probation violation charge stemming from an original charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. On Sept. 12 at 9:45 a.m...

Police rescue drowning woman Police rescue drowning woman

POLSON — Thanks to the quick response of local law enforcement, a distressed swimmer was safely rescued from the Flathead River last week.  According to a press release, the Polson Police Department, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Polson Fire and Polson Ambulance responded to a call Sept. ...

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