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Suspect charged in Polson stabbing death Suspect charged in Polson stabbing death

POLSON — Bond was set at $1 million for Makueeyapee Whitford, 32, a Browning man accused of murdering 26-year-old Polson resident John Pierre last week. Whitford, whose address is listed as 2012 N. Detox, Browning, is charged with deliberate homicide, a felony, in the stabbing death of John Pierre, a 26-year-old Polson resident. Whitford will appear in Judge C. B. McNeil’s courtroom Wednesday, March 27. Pierre was stabbed around 4 a.m. March 16 at a house party at 1605 First St. E. in Polson. Officers responded to a noise complaint at the residence and found a stabbing victim. According to court records, a couple of witnesses had been listening to music an...


Local hero’s new ride returns lost freedom Local hero’s new ride returns lost freedom

RONAN — Marine Lance Cpl. Tomy Parker’s platoon was returning from combat patrol in Afghanistan when Parker lived every soldier’s worst nightmare.  An improvised explosive device placed by insurgents exploded beneath him in Dec. 2010. His left leg was amputated at the hip and his ri...

Ronan council seeks to move forward with MREC Ronan council seeks to move forward with MREC

RONAN - Council members had much to discuss during last week's Ronan City Council meeting.  Public Works Director Dan Miller nominated Sherrie McBurney, Ray Aylesworth and Robin Nelson to serve three-year terms and Kevin Kirsch to serve a one-year term on the city's board of adjustments.  Mil...

Charlo 8th-grader wins Lake County Spelling Bee Charlo 8th-grader wins Lake County Spelling Bee

CHARLO — This year’s Lake County Spelling Bee featured stiff competition from nearly 40 fifth to eighth-grade students throughout the county. Undeterred, Charlo eighth grader Suzanah Clark bested them all by spelling “verbiage” correctly. According to Lake County Deputy Superintend...

Arlee youth honored as ‘Champion of Change’ Arlee youth honored as ‘Champion of Change’

ARLEE — If it’s a Sunday afternoon, chances are Vance Home Gun and Yayoot Skwkwimit, the Strong Young People, will be studying Salish language and Salish culture. Vance, 19, is the youngest fluent Salish speaker on the Flathead Reservation. He was honored for learning the language, his fluency...

Violence Against Women Act impacts locals Violence Against Women Act impacts locals

In a letter to constituents on Feb. 28, Montana’s senior Senator Max Baucus reported that the United State Congress extended the Violence Against Women Act. Baucus’s letter stated that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and numbers are higher for Native American w...

Irish folk group to entertain Mission Valley Irish folk group to entertain Mission Valley

RONAN —Big Productions, a fundraising venture of the Lake County Youth Home, brings the Makem and Spain Brothers to the Ronan Performing Arts Center on Monday, March 25, for a 7:30 p.m. concert of Irish folk music. This concert is excitedly co-sponsored by Bishop Insurance. A host of various instrum...

Talent show raises funds for AIBL Talent show raises funds for AIBL

PABLO — Singer, dancers, and an illusionist flocked to the Johnny Arlee/Victor Charlo Theater to entertain the folks when the American Indian Business Leaders chapter held their fourth annual Salish Kootenai Talent Show on March 15. Daniel Emigh and a guitar-playing friend served as the warm up band...

Churches plan Easter services

  MISSION VALLEY — The following Easter activities are planned throughout the Mission and Jocko Valleys. Catholic Churches   Stations of the Cros s • Sacred Heart Church in Arlee: Wednesdays during Lent at 7 pm.    • St. Ignatius, Mission: Friday, M...

Board of Health announces award recipient

LAKE COUNTY —The Lake County Board of Health is pleased to announce Janet Sucha of Charlo as the recipient of the 2013 Virginia Reber Public Health Award. Ms. Sucha was chosen based upon specific criteria including promoting principles of public health, collaborating with community groups to promote pu...

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