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Deputy cleared in pursuit shooting

RONAN — The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office completed an investigation into the Feb. 8 pursuit during which Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Joel Diaz used his firearm to shoot out a vehicle’s tires. The Missoula County Sheriffs Office found the shooting to be justified, according to a press release. The chase began when Diaz attempted to stop a pickup truck driven by Victor Anthony Morigeau around 1:30 a.m. Feb 8. Morigeau fled the scene, resulting in a 35 minute pursuit onto Rocky Butte Road southwest of Ronan. The pursuit ended when Morigeau allegedly tried to run Diaz over with his truck. Diaz took action, firing four rounds and flattening two of Morigeau&rsqu...


Research, history point to benefits of concealed-carry laws Research, history point to benefits of concealed-carry laws

After Sandy Hook, schools across the nation started sending teachers to obtain their concealed-carry permits. As with most mass shootings in the United States, one of the inevitable debates chosen by political pundits, politicians and citizens alike is whether or not concealed-carry actually inhibits crime a...

Judge McNeil finds for Western Montana Water Users Judge McNeil finds for Western Montana Water Users

POLSON — “Whiskey is for drinking, and water is for fighting” says an old cowboy platitude, and the latest “fight” took place in Twentieth District Court Judge C. B. McNeil’s courtroom on Feb. 14.   McNeil heard arguments from plaintiff attorney Brian Shuck represe...

Polson teen missing, help sought

POLSON — Oriana Forsythe, a 14-year-old Polson girl, is missing. Oriana was last seen at her home in Polson Feb. 4 and may be heading to Holly, Mich., or even Florida. She is 5-foot-2 and weighs 90 pounds. She has blonde hair that may be dyed darker or black and brown eyes. If you have seen her or have...

Legislature expands wolf hunt Legislature expands wolf hunt

HELENA — Proving the wolf debate in Montana spans party lines, Montana legislators passed a bill that drastically changes Montana’s wolf hunt with nearly unanimous support in less than a week. Governor Bullock signed House Bill 73 into law Feb. 6.  House District 11 Rep. Greg Hertz said a...

Ice fishing season in full swing

Fishermen, On Jan. 23-24, my friend Steve Speckert and I made the trek to McGregor Lake to sample some early ice mackinaw fishing. We weren’t disappointed. Between the two of us, we figured we hooked and landed near 80 lakers. Even the smallest would be considered decent fish by most standards. Re...

School looks at renovation plans

POLSON — Trustees were eager to hear McKinstry’s Dan McGee’s results of a performance grade audit at Polson High School at the Feb. 11 school board meeting. With four components — roof construction, HVAC construction, building envelope and general conditions — the amount totaled...

Big Sky Kids Fit Club begins Big Sky Kids Fit Club begins

ST. IGNATIUS — With the advent of technology in America came a sedentary lifestyle filled with video games, television, couch potatoes and, at one point, Twinkies.  As the years went on, Americans got heavier as illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol st...

Save this house Save this house

It’s not on Pennsylvania Avenue, but the White house in Ronan is available — the George White house, that is. And all its charm is free. It’s a sturdy white farmhouse, reminiscent of a time when sheets billowed on the clothesline as children chased each other and the dog through the yard...

Formulas helpful when determining pasture value

A new grazing season is at our doorstep. Now is the time to be considering your pasture and rangeland values, whether you are grazing them yourself or leasing it out. We can predict the amount of grass a cow will eat in a day (cattle graze 3 percent of their body weight each day) and from this starting po...

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