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Polson wins 3rd straight academic bowl Polson wins 3rd straight academic bowl

CHARLO — The Polson academic bowl team took home first-place honors Feb 19, marking their third victory in as many years. The atmosphere in Charlo’s school gymnasium was one of quiet determination during the Feb. 19 competition, as Lake County Academic Bowl teams from Ronan, Charlo, St. Ignatius and Polson faced off in a battle of minds.  Sitting at their respective team tables piled high with paper and pencils, the competitors’ furrowed brows and intense gazes indicated extreme concentration mixed with a hint of resolve and a dash of excitement.  “It’s nice to see an academic competition,” said Charlo coach Keith Grebetz. “We don...


Legislature sees surge in firearm bills

HELENA — Montana’s legislature has seen a litany of gun-related bills this session in what one representative referred to as “concern with the federal government’s apparent stance on the Second Amendment.” Supporters say these bills represent a much-needed check on the federa...

Bridge closure to limit travel between Ronan, Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS — According to Lake County Commissioner Ann Brower, the State of Montana will close Christiansen Bridge, the third bridge east of Montana Highway 28 on Little Bitterroot Road between Ronan and Hot Springs, March 4-29. During this time, the bridge will be replaced with a steel bridge.  ...

Soup’s On holds benefit Soup’s On holds benefit

POLSON — The teepee-sleepers at the Wander Inn in Polson have upped the ante this year.  ”We aren’t coming out until we’ve raised $20,000,” said Sandy Farrell, an event director and sleeper. In the past three years, the group has set their goal at $10,000. This is the...

SKC job fair draws diverse crowd SKC job fair draws diverse crowd

PABLO — The parking lot was crowded on Feb. 19 at the Joe McDonald Health and Wellness Center on Salish Kootenai College campus. Lots of vehicles predicted good attendance at the SKC job fair, hosted by Salish Kootenai College and Lake County Job Service.   Todd Erickson, Lake County Job Servic...

Wildlife student seeks barn owl sightings

Kari Eneas, tribal wildlife biologist trainee and student at the University of Montana, is planning a research project and field study of barn owls in the Mission Valley. Eneas is a senior in the wildlife management program and will conduct a survey of barn owls as an independent study project. This project ...

Arlee remembers fallen ‘warrior woman’ Arlee remembers fallen ‘warrior woman’

ARLEE — The air was a peaceful mix of sadness, grief, hope and love in the Arlee Community Center Saturday afternoon as friends, family and total strangers quietly walked in and out of the building, exchanging hopeful smiles and glances in an atmosphere that could only be described as one of healing.&n...

County commissioners OK Ronan library district vote County commissioners OK Ronan library district vote

Lake County Commissioners passed a resolution last week allowing for a ballot vote on the creation of a new library district in Ronan. Registered voters living within Ronan-Pablo School District No. 30 will vote on the measure sometime this spring or summer.  In the face of a massive recession, the C...

Convicted murderer back in jail 2 days after release

POLSON — Clifford Oldhorn is back in Lake County Jail after Sanders County law enforcement found him drinking in Dixon just two days after his release. District Judge C.B. McNeil set Oldhorn free on his own recognizance Feb. 13 pending a new trial in the Harold W. Mitchell Jr. murder case, but Old...

Residents fear United Nations interference on local level

Questions about development and projects being linked to Agenda 21 have surfaced in Polson recently.  Area resident Diane Speer first became aware of Agenda 21 and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives at a February 2012 meeting of the Polson City Commission when she heard peo...

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