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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, Shae will spend his birthday fighting for his own life. Graduating from home school in February, Shae was busy addressing announcements and planning to study Parelli Natural Horsemanship training when suddenly he couldn’t see clearly. He also began to have headaches. In March, the eye doctor discovered Shae had astigmatism and a lazy eye. Hoping that correcting his vision woul...

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...

Polson youngster flies to Helena Polson youngster flies to Helena

POLSON — Trey Kelley, 12, stepped into an airplane on June 11. While that’s not unusual for summer vacations, the reason Trey was boarding an airplane was unusual.  Trey, a rising sixth grader, and his family were flying to Helena, courtesy of the Montana Aeronautics Division, because Tre...

Household chemicals mix dangerously in garbage Household chemicals mix dangerously in garbage

POLSON — Two incidents in Missoula last week serve as reminders for Lake County residents to adhere to common sense and strict guidelines when discarding hazardous waste and household chemicals. Someone walking through an alley noticed a residential garbage can was fuming and called 911. Emergency r...

Watch out for plants poisonous to horses

There are many plants in Lake County that have been suspected of being poisonous; however these plants vary greatly in their toxicities, the classes of animals affected and the conditions under which poisoning occurs. For example, a particular plant might provide good forage for cattle and horses, yet be poi...

People reminded to heed seasonal regulations

News from the Tribal Wildland Recreation Program  LAKE COUNTY — As the seasons change, new recreational seasonal closures take effect and some closures are now lifted, according to Les Bigcrane, Tribal Wildland Recreation Program. The use of fireworks at the Blue Bay Camp Grounds is prohibit...

Mission Farmers Market plans to grow Mission Farmers Market plans to grow

ST. IGNATIUS — Vendors set up garden art, plants and even a Reiki table at the farmers market on Main Street. The market was on the smaller side, but it just opened earlier this month for the first time ever, and they’ve had luck on their side.  “It didn’t rain today,” s...


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