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Man charged with rape, burglary was also stabbing victim Man charged with rape, burglary was also stabbing victim

POLSON – A 44-year old Polson man with a lengthy criminal history is facing charges of rape and aggravated burglary.  Vaughn David James allegedly entered a Polson residence on Sept. 17, 2016, and had sexual intercourse with a woman who said she woke up to find him on top of her.  James’ bond was set at $250,000 and he was required to wear a GPS-monitoring device upon release. His trial, scheduled for May 22, has been postponed three times.  James is also charged with failure to register as a violent offender after he failed to update his address after he was evicted from a home, a court document states.  In an unrelated case, James was allegedly ...

Public Law 280 exit revision passes Legislature Public Law 280 exit revision passes Legislature

POLSON — A bill that would speed up the process if the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes request to withdraw from Public Law 280 has passed both houses of the state Legislature.  SB 310 passed the Senate 35-15 and the House 53-47. It now heads to Gov. Steve Bullock for a signature or veto...

Student environmental groups get $1K awards  Student environmental groups get $1K awards 

POLSON — Some efforts to get youth involved in recycling has paid off, literally.  The EAGLES, or Environmental Advocates for Global and Local Ecological Sustainability, student groups at Arlee and Mission middle and high schools were recently recognized for their efforts. Each group received a...

Short story group celebrates leader’s birthday Short story group celebrates leader’s birthday

POLSON - “Our fearless leader,” Lonnie Durham, retired Professor of English Literature, came to our short story discussion group with a big grin last Thursday. It was his 83rd birthday and his friends arrived bearing gifts of food for the brunch to follow our weekly discussion. There were cinnamo...

Volunteer, help while you can

ST. IGNATIUS — Volunteering is wonderful. Yes, volunteering is a great way to help your community. It gives you a purpose and reason to take a shower, get dressed, have some fun with friends and help the elderly. Yes, we are all headed towards becoming elderly so why not help while we can? And just may...


RONAN — Well, shut my mouth. Last Friday I made the remark that it hadn’t rained all day, and when I went to go outside a few minutes later, it was pouring. Montana weather: if you don’t like it, wait a minute and it will change. Welcome to May. I can hardly wait to see all the flowers t...

Polson postpones special event fees

POLSON — What do you call a wandering caveman? A meanderthal. The top scorer at Bridge on Tuesday, April 18, was Max Neeley again. Second place went to Roxie Brown. On April 21 Max again placed first and Chuck Aker placed second but on April 28, Kathi Neeley showed Max that two can place this game, ...

St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS — May your day be filled with blessings, like the sun that lights the sky and may you always have the courage to spread your wings and fly. On Wednesday, May 3, we will serve our Mother’s Day dinner at 5:30 p.m. Bring your mothers, grandmothers, and mothers-inlaw and join us for a...

Unofficial May 2 election results announced

LAKE COUNTY – The Lake County Election office has collected the ballots for the May 2 mail-in election and posted unofficial results on Wednesday, May 3, for schools, fire departments, irrigation districts, a library, and a public safety mill levy. Official results will be posted after the votes are ca...

Cooperative brewery for Ronan discussed at town meeting Cooperative brewery for Ronan discussed at town meeting

For those who like to support homegrown businesses, the Flathead Lake Brewing Co. has a brewery/taproom in Woods Bay, Glacier Brewing Co. has the same in Polson, and one could be on the way in Ronan.  Lake County Community Development Corp. held a community event on April 20 to gauge the level of int...


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