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Wolf sighting may have gone to the dogs Wolf sighting may have gone to the dogs

POLSON — A possible wolf sighting and tracks in a Polson backyard on Dec. 28 and again on Dec. 31 made headlines around the area.  Now Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal wildlife biologists think the animals may have been dogs, since they weren’t able to absolutely verify the tracks as wolf tracks. CSKT Wildlife Program Manager Dale Becker said his department has had other reports about a black dog and a gray dog. These people got a good look at the canines and are certain they were dogs chasing deer. “One was a Malamute; one was a husky,” Becker said.  Polson resident Joyce Norman, who called in the first sighting and tracks on Dec. 28, sa...

St. Ignatius man leads police on hour-long chase

ST. IGNATIUS — Police say James Wilson Allen, a 37-year-old St. Ignatius resident, led police on a seven-minute car chase followed by a 90-minute foot pursuit after he allegedly tried to run over a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy. Allen was originally stopped for “unsafe driving habits&rdqu...

Champagne soiree to kick off film festival Champagne soiree to kick off film festival

POLSON — An international flair and Hollywood glamour combine to add an air of excitement to Polson’s first annual film festival. Two guest filmmakers are feature attractions at the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest Feb. 1-3 in Polson. Jeff Chiba Stearns, a multi award-winning animation a...

Proposed irrigation water use agreement released

Negotiators for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the Flathead Joint Board of Control, and the United States have developed a proposed Flathead Indian Irrigation Project Water Use Agreement for consideration by the organizations they represent. The FIIP Water Use Agreement is a critical piece o...

Tester visits Polson Tester visits Polson

POLSON — A relaxed and comfortable Sen. Jon Tester greeted about 30 Lake County residents and answered questions during a visit to the North Lake County Public Library on Jan. 15.  Questions fielded by Tester probably were questions all Americans are asking: what’s happening with tax refo...

School district to run bond election School district to run bond election

POLSON — A leaking roof at Polson High School in June of 2012 and repair/replacement costs prompted School District 23’s board of trustees to propose a high school debt service bond election. The 10-year bond is for $2,491,000, and each successive year, the taxpayer pays less. “Our goal ...

Lake County rescuers save Swan Lake snowmobilers

SWAN LAKE — Lake County Search and Rescue saved two Swan Lake area snowmobilers Jan. 11 after the pair became stranded at night in 7-below-zero weather. Lake County dispatch received a call at 8:17 p.m. regarding a pair of snowmobilers stranded at the top of Crane Mountain.  “They went...

Ronan resident killed in Missoula wreck

MISSOULA — Ronan resident Corwin D. Cornelius, 34, was killed in a three vehicle accident Jan. 13 in Missoula. Cornelius was traveling north on North Reserve Street when his Dodge minivan crossed the center line and impacted two southbound vehicles — a Toyota pickup and a Saturn Vue.  ...

Warm weather trend easier on ranchers Warm weather trend easier on ranchers

MISSION VALLEY — While the world didn’t end along with the Ancient Mayan calendar, the year 2012 brought with it some interesting weather patterns, to say the least.  According to the National Oceaonographic and Atmospheric Association, 2012 was the ninth warmest year on record since 1880...

SKC Interfaith Peace Panelists speak on faith, humanism, relationships SKC Interfaith Peace Panelists speak on faith, humanism, relationships

PABLO — In observance of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his life work, seven people hailing from seven different upbringings, cultures, ethnic groups and religions met in Salish Kootenai College’s Vic Charlo and Johnny Arlee Theatre in the early evening hours Jan. 17. The discussion focu...

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