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St. Ignatius hires new police officer, moves ahead with water project St. Ignatius hires new police officer, moves ahead with water project

ST. IGNATIUS — Council members had much to discuss during last week’s city council meeting in St. Ignatius.  Mayor Charlie Gariepy appointed Jeffrey Ferguson to the St. Ignatius Police Department, filling a position that had been empty since last fall. In addition, St. Ignatius animal control officer Susan Dodson was given permission to apply for a $20,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The funds will go toward Dodson’s completion of the National Animal Control Academy and the anti-cruelty investigation training.  The grant will pay for all of Dodson’s training. In addition, St. Ignatius is moving forward ...


Earth moving at new Super Walmart site Earth moving at new Super Walmart site

POLSON — With warm temperatures and some sunshine, the construction team at Engineered Structures Inc. is in high gear at the new Polson Walmart Supercenter . A long line of concrete blocks snakes up the hill west of the current Walmart, leading the eye to the site of the new building.  Whil...

Reservation sees series of thefts

LAKE COUNTY - According to Lake County Undersheriff Dan Yonkin, Lake County has seen more than three thefts in the past two months in which firearms were taken, and several more dating back to November 2012. He has reason to believe the thefts are related and said, “It is likely that there is a connect...

Wolf hunt ends with highest harvest yet Wolf hunt ends with highest harvest yet

HELENA — The 2012-13 Montana wolf hunt saw a 36-percent increase in harvest numbers from last year. The 181-day season closed with a total of 225 wolves taken by hunters and trappers — the largest harvest so far.  According to a press release, 128 wolves were taken by hunters and 97 by tr...

Ronan residents get update on Highway 93 project Ronan residents get update on Highway 93 project

RONAN — Nearly 100 local residents packed Ronan’s Community Center March 4 to hear a presentation regarding proposed U.S. Highway 93 improvements, take a look at the proposed roadway, and ask questions of Montana Department of Transportation personnel and engineers.  The $23 million proje...

Ronan bids fond farewell to Rita Tingey Ronan bids fond farewell to Rita Tingey

When Rita Tingey joined the staff of Ronan-Pablo School District No. 30 in the fall of 2009, she said she had one simple objective. “My first goal was just to survive,” Tingey said with a laugh. “My classroom was on the stage. There was no blackbox theater, no dressing room, no shop to b...

Judge reprimands county attorney in court Judge reprimands county attorney in court

POLSON — District Judge C.B. McNeil reprimanded County Attorney Mitch Young for his handling of media inquiries into accused killer Clifford Oldhorn’s case but refused Oldhorn a reduction in bail last week.  Oldhorn denied Wednesday in Lake County District Court that he violated condition...

Bridge on Little Bitterroot Road to close for replacement Bridge on Little Bitterroot Road to close for replacement

HOT SPRINGS — Christensen Bridge, the third bridge from Montana Highway 28 traveling east on Little Bitterroot Road about three and a half miles from Hot Springs, will be closed for replacement March 18-April 8, according to a press release from the Lake County Commissioner’s Office. “It...

Water rights compact moves to legislature Water rights compact moves to legislature

The week of Feb. 25 to March 1 was a busy one for the water rights compact on the Flathead Reservation. First, on Feb. 26, the nine-member Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission approved the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes/Montana water compact and sent it on its way to the Montana State Le...

Candidates file for irrigation, fire, library boards

Tuesday, May 7, is Election Day for fire districts and service areas, irrigation districts, library districts and school board elections.  Those filing for candidacy by Feb. 21 were:   Charlo/Moiese Rural Fire District Trustee Ronald R. Bucholz Irvin Long   Montecahto R...

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