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Arlee rodeo draws many contestants Arlee rodeo draws many contestants

ARLEE — Arlee was a busy town on the Fourth of July, beginning with the Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast, the parade at noon, the first grand entry at the 115th Annual Arlee Celebration at 2 p.m., the 3-on-3 basketball tournament and the 31st Annual Arlee Fourth of July open rodeo.  The rodeo began at 2 p.m., and it was hot, about 87 degrees Fahrenheit, which seemed cool for the competitors from Arizona and Texas. The chickens for the chicken scramble at the end of the show drooped in their cage. Everyone had a water bottle or a paper cup full of something cool.  Three tarps flapped in the wind over the bleachers, providing some shade for a few lucky viewers. Regardle...

Medicare phone scam finding Montana victims

POLSON — The Montana Senior Medicare Patrol has recently received another report of a victim to one of the endless variety of phone scams. In the latest version of the scam, the caller claims to be an “official” with Medicare, calling because Medicare is sending out new cards and he needs t...

Kids, pets parade in Polson Kids, pets parade in Polson

POLSON — Area children brushed and dressed up their pets — dogs, bunnies, a pony and even a heifer — for a special parade held at noon June 28 before the first performance of the Mission Mountain NRA rodeo. Kids who participated with their pets received a free ticket to the rodeo, and mo...

Municipal candidates begin campaigns

POLSON — With filing for municipal positions closing on June 27, three people threw their hat in the ring for Polson mayor — Heather Knutson, Michael Brandt and Bob Fulton. Incumbent Todd Erickson is running to keep his seat as Ward 1 Polson City Commissioner for a four-year term while Jill So...

Big Circle brings broncs, bulls for Polson rodeo Big Circle brings broncs, bulls for Polson rodeo

POLSON — Bugs Bunny or Lounge Lizard were the sires of most of the bareback and saddle broncs the Big Circle Rodeo Company brought to Polson for the Mission Mountain NRA Rodeo on June 28 and 29. And, no, they are not cartoons.  The Big Circle bucking horses also are mostly all paints, roans and...

Ronan teen staying positive despite battle for life Ronan teen staying positive despite battle for life

RONAN — Kendall Shae Schiele expected to spend his 18th birthday on July 3 surrounded by his family and his passion — horses. His equine love began when his young nephew, Dominiq, won a therapeutic pony that through its healing powers literally saved the young relative’s life. Instead, S...

Sheriff’s office launches new boat Sheriff’s office launches new boat

POLSON — Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River, and almost two-thirds of the lake is patrolled by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.  With 15 years of law enforcement experience, Sergeant Glenn Miller heads up the Marine Enforcement Division. He underst...

Tribal fire responds to four suspicious fires

News from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Division of Fire RONAN — The Division of fire had four fire starts during this past weekend. A fire less than five acres was discovered in the Jette area Saturday morning, June 29. The Division of Fire engine crews were dispatched to the same fire Sunda...

Polson man charged with rape

POLSON — Polson police officers arrested 32-year-old Marcus Houle and transported him to Lake County Jail on June 26 for the charge of sexual intercourse without consent stemming from an alleged sexual assault that evening. Officers responded to a call from Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Cent...

Missing St. Ignatius woman found dead

ST. IGNATIUS — Missing St. Ignatius resident Mary Jean Decker, 52, was found deceased in a field last weekend not far from where she was last seen.  Lake County Undersheriff Dan Yonkin said Decker’s vehicle was found parked on St. Marys Lake Road in St. Ignatius. She was found about one m...

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