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New information available for Pablo drug bust

PABLO —Details regarding 50-year-old Pablo resident Cindy Umphrey’s arrest following a drug raid in Pablo are slowly emerging.  Officers from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol and Tribal Law and Order carried out the raid in the early morning hours of June 1 in Pablo. According to a press release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, officers found money, firearms, nearly a pound of methamphetamine and “a variety of other drugs.” Law enforcement initially reported that the firearms were stolen. According to Tribal Law and Order Captain Louis Fiddler, all firearms found at the residence were checked against the National I...


Arlee Farmers Market underway Arlee Farmers Market underway

The Jocko Valley Farmers Market opened for the fourth season last Wednesday outside the Hanging Art Gallery, and it wasn’t just for farmers. Vendors displayed a variety of homemade pies, breads, jellies and vegetables; the Gravely Mountain Boys provided bluegrass music and a fundraising dinner was avai...

Polson city manager suit settled for $35,000

POLSON —As minutes were being approved at the June 3 Polson City Commissioners meeting, former Polson City Engineer Bob Fulton questioned Mayor Pat DeVries and the city commissioners about the amount of the settlement of Todd Crossett’s lawsuit against the city.  Mayor DeVries called upon...

Flowers baskets bring color to Ronan Flowers baskets bring color to Ronan

RONAN – For years and years — although no one can really say how many — Ky Bartel and a variety of volunteers have been adding color and cheer to downtown Ronan by hanging pairs of vibrant flower baskets. Last week, Tom Goss saw Bartel and Ronna Walchuk of the Ronan Beautification commit...

Salish Kootenai College names new president Salish Kootenai College names new president

News from Salish  Kootenai College PABLO –The Salish Kootenai College Board of Directors at SKC announced the selection of Robert DePoe III as SKC’s new president on June 5. On June 4, the final three candidates — DePoe, Sandra Boham and Steve DuPuis —  were on campus ...

St. Ignatius wraps up first water project, looks to second St. Ignatius wraps up first water project, looks to second

ST. IGNATIUS — City Council members had much to discuss during the June 4 meeting in St. Ignatius.  Due to budget concerns, the council may soon be forced to eliminate the animal control officer position.  “I don’t see any way we can keep the animal control officer,” M...

Controlling invasive Whitetop requires integrated methods

Unless you haven’t been paying attention at all to flowering weeds, you have noticed the white blossoms covering pastures, rangeland, ditch banks, disturbed areas and even cropland this spring in Lake County. However attractive the blossoms are, the plant producing them is a dangerous invader to desira...

Insect chewing damage to wheat reported in western Montana

News from MSU Lake County Extension Agent Jack Stivers   MISSION VALLEY — Unusual chewing damage to both winter and spring wheat has been reported from Ravalli and Lake Counties. Samples have been sent to MSU and the source of the damage is currently unknown. The chewing damage appears as...

Big Arm teen to attend engineering seminar Big Arm teen to attend engineering seminar

BIG ARM — A check for $1,200 came in the mail made out to Cash Sisler, and his parents Matt and Julie knew nothing about the check or what it was for.  Turns out Cash, a junior at Polson High School, had applied for and received a scholarship from the American Society for American Military Engi...

Polson High School plans Graduation Matters for 2014

POLSON — No sooner had Polson High School seniors graduated on June 1 than the Polson Graduation Matters team gathered to start planning next year’s strategy.  Graduation Matters is a program supported by  Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau to help boost Montana&rs...

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