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Lake County voters get big ballot

POLSON - Election Day is coming on Nov. 6.  This year the ballot for Lake County voters will be two pages long, one page double-sided.  The polls will be open beginning at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m. With a long ballot comes larger lines at the polls, so Kathie Newgard, Lake County election administrator, said one way voters could avoid lines and waiting is absentee voting.  Voters can choose to be on the absentee annual list, which means their ballots will be automatically mailed to them 30 days before Election Day every year or a person may vote absentee for only one election. Ballots can be mailed back or can be returned in person to the Lake County Election O...


Quick-thinking teen helps quell fire Quick-thinking teen helps quell fire

POLSON — The Polson firefighter pager tones went off at about 5:45 p.m. on Aug. 31 as 16-year-old Cash Sisler was hanging out in his living room. Lake County dispatch relayed reports of a tree on fire at Camp Marshall on Melita Island Lane.  Since Sisler’s mom is the caretaker at Camp Mar...

Sheriff’s office, volunteers rescue 38 cats Sheriff’s office, volunteers rescue 38 cats

“Deplorable.”  “Awful.” “Horrific.” “Beyond description.” “Have you seen ‘Hoarders’ on TV? Imagine that times 100.” These are just a few descriptions offered by police officials and local residents in regard to the li...

Local woman sheds light on Irish history Local woman sheds light on Irish history

POLSON — In preparation for a trip to Ireland in 2008, Maggie Plummer read a travel guide. A few lines about Oliver Cromwell’s reign of terror during the 1650s captured Plummer’s interest and provided the seed for her next book, “Spirited Away.” In an effort to rid Ireland of...

Bud Cheff Jr. releases first book Bud Cheff Jr. releases first book

RONAN — For many people in the Mission Valley, Bud Cheff Jr. is a storyteller of the highest caliber.  Growing up in the Mission Valley, Cheff became fascinated by history and literature at an early age. He soon began collecting historical artifacts, many of which can be seen today in the Ninep...

Dog-friendly fundraiser nets $3K for shelter Dog-friendly fundraiser nets $3K for shelter

POLSON — The track at Linderman Elementary School went to the dogs Saturday morning, but these canines were quite well-behaved … mostly.  The Mission Valley Animal Shelter’s annual Doggy Dash, a fundraiser where dog owners can collect pledges for walking laps with their pets to sup...

Fly-in fills Polson Airport Fly-in fills Polson Airport

POLSON — With sunshine and cool temperatures, weather was good as retired pilot Elsie Culver celebrated her 95th birthday at the Polson Fly-In on Saturday. In her youth, Culver learned to fly when she worked at the legendary Johnson Flying Service in Missoula. She thought she should become a pilot sinc...

Native Lands and Wilderness Council gathers at SKC Native Lands and Wilderness Council gathers at SKC

PABLO — Wilderness lands, national parks and roadless areas occupy a fraction of our modern world. It can be easy to forget what the land looked like before modern civilization, what the animals, trees, rivers and streams once were and what they once meant — and still mean — to the indigeno...

Swimmer hit, killed by boat

POLSON — A man in town for a relative’s funeral was struck and killed by a power boat while swimming in Skidoo Bay, northeast of Polson, at about 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7. John G. Darrah, 45, Cambridge, Mass., was swimming approximately 300 feet from shore, according to witnesses, when the...

Local charged with 10th DUI

POLSON — A 67-year-old Polson-area resident with nine DUI convictions under his belt was charged with a 10th last week in Lake County District Court. Gerald Johnson, an employee of the Jolly Pack Rat secondhand store, whose driver’s license bears an Oldtown, Idaho, address, pleaded not guilty to ...

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