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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 driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, fourth or subsequent offense, a felony, in Judge C.B. McNeil’s court on Sept. 5.  Just after 5 a.m. on Aug. 17, a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped Johnson for driving erratically on U.S. Highway 93 in Pablo. According to the affidavit in the case, Johnson was straddling the two northbound lanes and varying his speed...


Water rights meetings heat up Water rights meetings heat up

POLSON — With a public meeting on Sept. 4 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. and a negotiating session on Sept. 5 at 9 a.m., water rights were on the front burner at the KwaTuqNuk Resort and Casino last week.  At the evening public meeting, Wade Irion, a professional engineer with DOWL HKM, a regional engine...

Ronan VFW finds shelter for homeless veteran

RONAN — Johnney Reynolds is a Vietnam War veteran from the Flathead Reservation area. He is also homeless.  “(The homeless veterans) are the hardest,” said Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5652 service officer Bert Todd. “There’s always a reason why they’re homeless. ...

Garden of 1,000 Buddhas celebrates 8th annual peace festival Garden of 1,000 Buddhas celebrates 8th annual peace festival

JOCKO VALLEY — Eleven years ago, Tibetan Buddhist Lama Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche had a vision of creating an international place of peace. A place accepting of every political, religious, economic and cultural ideal where every sentient being is welcome; a place of harmony and acceptance. In J...

Pitts to rope in Vegas Pitts to rope in Vegas

POLSON — The weather was beautiful for the regional finals of the United Indian Rodeo Association held at Polson Fairgrounds on Sept. 8 and 9. Local calf roper Zanen Pitts advanced to the finals in Las Vegas, Nev. with a 15.2 run at Sunday’s rodeo. Although he competed in the bulldogging in co...

Polson farmer raises giant pumpkins with tender loving care Polson farmer raises giant pumpkins with tender loving care

Fall is a time of plenty. With the change in seasons comes a change in the weather, the leaves, the food, the sky, the recreation and often, the clothing.  Farmers begin to harvest their crops; the days get shorter and colder; and bonfires with friends become a welcome distraction. For the past fo...

Eleven-year-old girl saves father’s life Eleven-year-old girl saves father’s life

POLSON — Shawn Blixt lost consciousness in Flathead Lake Aug. 3.  He’d stopped breathing, was unresponsive, and according to his 11-year-old daughter Kyla, “he was a deeper purple than I’d ever seen.” According to Shawn, he’d just picked up his daughter and her ...

Hiker dies at Garden Wall

ST. IGNATIUS — A 71-year-old hiker fell 300 feet from the Garden Wall at Mission Dam Reservoir Recreation area and was killed at about 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1.  The man, an experienced hiker, and family members were about two and a half hours into the hike when he fell. Lake County Search a...

Detention officer charged with DUI

POLSON — A Lake County Sheriff’s Detention Officer is on administrative leave after being charged with drunk driving while off duty. Matthew Walker allegedly was involved in a two-car crash near the Jette Lake area at about 10:15 p.m. on Aug. 22. When officers arrived on the scene, they dis...

Charlo sign gets luminescent upgrade Charlo sign gets luminescent upgrade

CHARLO — For those who take pride in their community, like Dawn Atchley and members of the Charlo 4-H Junior Stockgrowers, a “welcome” sign is an important aspect of the town. It’s the first thing visitors see while passing through, and a familiar sight to those coming home. With t...

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