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Arcing insulator causes power outage

  A 10-minute loss of electricity on Jan. 30 was caused by a bad insulator at Kerr Dam, according to Kerry Wiedrich, engineering manager at Mission Valley Power.  The blackout reached the west and east shores of Flathead Lake, going south clear to Charlo, including Polson, Pablo, and Ronan but didn’t affect Elmo, Wiedrich said. Kerr Dam was shut down for two and a half hours while Bonneville Power workers took equipment into the pipe and isolated and replaced the arcing insulator.    


Polson man jailed on multiple charges

POLSON — Polson Police officers responded to Cherry Hill Apartment on a report of a disorderly male on Jan. 23. Brandon Ferguson, 19, allegedly was breaking bottles, yelling profanities and removing his clothing.  When officers arrived, Ferguson assumed a fighting stance and challenged the offi...

Beware of rental scam

POLSON — Polson Police would like to warn the public about a rental scam that’s been attempted in the Polson area. In one variation, a suspect will locate a house for rent either by the owner or rental agency on the Internet. The suspect will then advertise the rental on his or her own, posing...

Commissioners to vote on new Ronan library district

RONAN — During the Jan. 30 Ronan City Council meeting, librarian Jolaina Cramer confirmed the Lake County Commissioners would hold a public hearing to decide whether or not to move forward with the creation of a new library district in Ronan.  The City of Ronan was forced to cut library funding...

Providence St. Joseph goes high-tech Providence St. Joseph goes high-tech

POLSON — “We’re in the 21st century, and we’re still scribing on paper,” said Chief Executive Officer James Kiser of Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. “The time has come.”  Kiser was describing St. Joe’s changeover from paper charts to electronic re...

Ninepipe Arts Group gears up for ‘event of the season’ Ninepipe Arts Group gears up for ‘event of the season’

CHARLO — For a mere $10 per person, the 12th-annual Ninepipe Arts Group Valentine’s Day Party promises good food, music and companionship cleverly disguised as a fundraiser to benefit arts and culture in the area.  According to event organizer and president of the Ninepipe Arts Group, Car...

Warrior walks for the fallen Warrior walks for the fallen

MISSION VALLEY — The American military is unlike many other militaries in the world. It is 100-percent volunteer. This means that those who serve make the honorable, selfless and noble choice to put themselves between the bullets and the rest of us — and they do it of their own free will.  ...

Valley birders join owl researchers for field day Valley birders join owl researchers for field day

Who sleeps all day, is cute, has big ears and eats 95 percent voles? If you had some other candidates before that last qualifier, the answer is long-eared owls. Denver Holt and Jessica and Matt Larson from the Owl Research Institute in Charlo led a dozen people from Whitefish, Kalispell and Polson...

Sandy Hook fallout extends to local communities Sandy Hook fallout extends to local communities

MISSION VALLEY — Dec. 14, 2012, could very well be marked as the day when everything changed.  Whether that change will be positive or negative remains to be seen.    Sandy Hook According to a press release from the Connecticut State Police dated Dec. 15, Newtown Police rec...

Polson Police Chief, officer sent to ethics training

Polson Police Chief Wade Nash and officer Cory Anderson have been ordered to attend ethics training by the Montana Public Safety Officers Standards and Training Council, or POST.  Anderson must also be evaluated for chemical dependency by a certified evaluator and must follow “any and all&rdquo...

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