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FWP seeks comment on wolf hunting, trapping proposals

MISSION VALLEY — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks recently held a commission meeting regarding proposed changes for the upcoming 2013-14 wolf hunting and trapping seasons.  The proposed changes are numerous and far reaching, “but not final by any means,” said FWP communication and education coordinator Ron Aasheim. The proposed changes include a new bag limit of five wolves per individual hunter, up from three last year. These wolves could be taken by any combination of hunting and trapping. The general hunting season would be extended one month, running through the end of March and totaling six and a half months. While not an official proposal, Aasheim said ...


K-O Auto to donate car to deserving local resident

RONAN — Dino Di Giulio started Body Best Collision in Sonoma, Calif. in 1990 when he was 21 years old. Opening the business took every dollar he’d ever saved, but after 20 years in business and lots of growth, Di Giulio decided it was time to give back to his community. “I felt like ther...

Judge raises restitution in murder case

POLSON — Diana Cote and her three sons appeared before District Judge Deborah Kim Christopher seeking additional restitution in the murder of her daughter, Tasheena Craft.  Craft was brutally murdered in 2007. Her murderer, Kelly Birmingham, is serving a 100-year sentence in the Montana State P...

Traffic control subcontractor declares bankruptcy

POLSON — Bad weather or problems with machines could have caused slowdowns on the Skyline Drive project, but no one involved with the project would have considered the primary traffic control subcontractor, Highway Technologies, could disappear.  But according to a press release from Roland God...

Ronan Middle School archery hits the mark Ronan Middle School archery hits the mark

As confident as Ronan Middle School teacher Crystal Pitts looks behind a bow, a passive observer might never guess that until three years ago she’d never shot a one. An avid pistol shooter, Pitts said archery was something her husband and sons enjoyed, but she’d never had the same app...

Trucking company fined for East Shore spill Trucking company fined for East Shore spill

POLSON — Keller Transportation Inc. of Billings recently was fined for a 2008 spill of 6,380 gallons of gasoline on Montana Highway 35. This resulted in gasoline “entering springs along Flathead Lake, impacting groundwater as well as the lake,” according to a May 7 press release from the Un...

Amber Alert issued, canceled over weekend

POLSON — An Amber Alert was issued Saturday night for a Polson toddler, who was found Sunday in Hot Springs. Lillianah BigCrane, 2, was unharmed and the Amber Alert was canceled.  BigCrane was allegedly kidnapped by Jamie Finley, BigCrane’s aunt. According to the alert, Finley is a 34-yea...

SKC students to show photography in Arlee SKC students to show photography in Arlee

ARLEE — “To Whom Gray Matters: An Exhibition of Photographs” featuring the work of Katherine Dagnall, Linda Ferris, Thomas Fleming and Phylicia McDonald will be featured at Hangin Art Gallery in Arlee May 30 through June 20, with an opening reception Thursday, May 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. Fo...

Flathead Joint Board reorganizes

ST. IGNATIUS — Rumors were flying about a protest planned by Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal members at the May 13 Flathead Joint Board of Control meeting.  There was no protest, and the FJBC board members voted on board officers, swearing in new members Jerry Laskody, Mission District,...

Youth mentors help younger kids grow Youth mentors help younger kids grow

MISSION VALLEY — Big Brothers Big Sisters, a nonprofit organization and presence on the Flathead Indian Reservation for the past 37 years, disaffiliated from BBBS in October of last year. Now known as Friends Forever Mentoring, executive director Julia Williams says that while the name might have chang...

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