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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 will occur during spring and summer school vacation.   Barn owls, a species that has rarely been documented in Montana, have been recently sighted in the Mission Valley. These owls can be easily identified by their white, heart-shaped facial disc. The barn owl is pale white underneath and buff-golden on its backside. Patterns of white, gray and black may be visible amidst its gol...


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...

Judge McNeil finds for Western Montana Water Users Judge McNeil finds for Western Montana Water Users

POLSON — “Whiskey is for drinking, and water is for fighting” says an old cowboy platitude, and the latest “fight” took place in Twentieth District Court Judge C. B. McNeil’s courtroom on Feb. 14.   McNeil heard arguments from plaintiff attorney Brian Shuck represe...

Polson teen missing, help sought

POLSON — Oriana Forsythe, a 14-year-old Polson girl, is missing. Oriana was last seen at her home in Polson Feb. 4 and may be heading to Holly, Mich., or even Florida. She is 5-foot-2 and weighs 90 pounds. She has blonde hair that may be dyed darker or black and brown eyes. If you have seen her or have...

Legislature expands wolf hunt Legislature expands wolf hunt

HELENA — Proving the wolf debate in Montana spans party lines, Montana legislators passed a bill that drastically changes Montana’s wolf hunt with nearly unanimous support in less than a week. Governor Bullock signed House Bill 73 into law Feb. 6.  House District 11 Rep. Greg Hertz said a...

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