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Calvert to plead insanity

DIXON — Nathan Calvert, a Missoula resident charged in the grisly home invasion and murder in Dixon last winter, will argue that he suffers from a mental disease or defect and lacked specific intent when he allegedly murdered Doug Morigeau and slit Morigeau’s wife’s throat.  Two psychological evaluations have been ordered in the case, and subpoenas have been issued for State Medical Examiner Gary Dale and Forensic Scientist Lacy Van Grinsven. The jury trial date has been set and continued four times. The current jury trial date is Sept. 16 at 9:30 a.m. The results of both psychiatric examinations are confidential.  According to the court documents, Flath...


Firefighters to cook food for gear at Saturday's annual picnic Firefighters to cook food for gear at Saturday's annual picnic

ST. IGNATIUS — Even at 3 a.m. firefighters volunteer to gather at the St. Ignatius Fire Department to assistance in an emergency. “We gear up to help,” said firefighter Ray Frey. “If it’s three in the morning, we get out of bed.” A connection to community inspired Sc...

Polson school board approves contract with Swank

POLSON — After swearing in new Polson School Board Trustee Caroline McDonald at the monthly meeting on June 10, the board continued working its way through the policy manual. In a special board meeting before the regular meeting, the trustees approved the contract with Swank Construction for work on...

Local students selected to visit Cambodia Local students selected to visit Cambodia

MISSION VALLEY — Four students from the Mission Valley will soon travel to Cambodia for a one month as part of the U.S. State Department American Youth Leadership Program.  The program is run through the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana. The center recently receive...

St. Ignatius graduates 25 seniors with more than $1 million in scholarships St. Ignatius graduates 25 seniors with more than $1 million in scholarships

ST. IGNATIUS — With every seat taken and several standing at the back, the St. Ignatius High School auditorium was packed to the brim Saturday afternoon with friends, family and staff all happily wishing the class of 2013 a fond farewell. After a salutatory address by Sara Nerby, a pair of vale...

Black bear euthanized in downtown Polson

POLSON — A black bear was euthanized in Polson June 4 after wandering into town in search of food, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Wildlife Division Manager Tom McDonald said.  “Bear attractants are a key component as to why you would have a bear around a home,” McDonald sai...

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 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...

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