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Dixon murder among many linked to ‘Spice’

DIXON — According to charging documents, the man accused of killing Doug Morigeau and injuring his wife Cheryl during a home invasion in Dixon Dec. 6, Nathan Lee William Calvert, confessed to attacking the Morigeaus after smoking “Spice” for nearly two weeks “almost constantly.” Spice is a street name for products containing synthetic cannabinoid chemicals, and hallucinogens marketed as synthetic marijuana.  Most synthetic cannabinoids are derived from the original chemical compound dubbed “JWH-018.” John W. Huffman, an organic chemist at Clemson University, sought to create a chemical that bound to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain ...


Polson commissioners okay Cougar Ridge reimbursement

POLSON — Polson commissioners approved a reimbursement agreement with Cougar Ridge Development LLC at the Dec. 17 commission meeting.  The reimbursement issue was raised and approved at the March 19, 2007, city commission meeting. At the June 4, 2012, meeting, commissioners passed it again, but...

Local women donate 19 dolls to Share the Spirit

POLSON — Santa has helpers everywhere, even in Polson. Last week, the women of PEO Chapter CA celebrated the holidays by ensuring nearly 20 area girls will have a merrier Christmas.  “Each year we make our holiday get-to-together more meaningful by helping others,” said Joyce Erikso...

Valley View stages holiday program Valley View stages holiday program

VALLEY VIEW — The Valley View clubhouse was chock full of children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins for the Valley View Elementary School Christmas program. After a potluck dinner, kindergarten, first and second grade students sang “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Tee...

Christmas tradition lives on after 83 years Christmas tradition lives on after 83 years

A subtle patina veils the aged wooden floor at the North Crow Clubhouse, where neighbors gather for the annual Christmas program. The furnace slumbers quietly near the kitchen, warmth from flannel-clad bodies keeping the quaint meeting place a cozy temperature.  Christmas lights twinkle on a tree in ...

Sanders County Sheriff speaks after Dixon killing Sanders County Sheriff speaks after Dixon killing

DIXON — In the days following the Dec. 6 Dixon home invasion that left Doug Morigeau dead and his wife Cheryl in critical condition, details on the attack have been difficult to come by.  Law enforcement officials and investigators were unusually silent or difficult to reach. Basic facts surrou...

Hit-and-run victim identified Hit-and-run victim identified

RONAN — County officials have identified the victim of a Dec. 11 hit-and-run in Ronan as 63-year-old Robert E. Vanguten.  According to a press release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County 911 received a report of an unresponsive adult male lying in the parking lot a Ronan ta...

Accused killer Butler's transfer hearing postponed

ARLEE — Nathan Butler’s court date has been moved to allow the defendant’s attorneys more time to gather information on the case.  Butler, a 16-year-old Arlee resident, was charged in Lake County District Court with the stabbing death of his 51-year-old stepfather and with injuring ...

Ronan seeks to reclassify Spring Creek Ronan seeks to reclassify Spring Creek

RONAN — Several important items were up for discussion during last week’s city council meeting in Ronan.  City Attorney James Raymond asked the council to approve a new FEMA digital floodplain map resolution. The resolution would essentially convert Ronan’s floodplain map to a digit...

Shepherd’s Table builds community through food Shepherd’s Table builds community through food

RONAN — Nearly 100 friends, families and community members gathered at the Ronan Senior Center Tuesday night, Dec. 11 for good food, good music and a difficult to explain sense of community and camaraderie. Considering that the event takes place every Tuesday night, the atmosphere at the Shepherd&rs...

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