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After 12 years of waiting, Polson woman gets moose After 12 years of waiting, Polson woman gets moose

POLSON — As big game species populations continue to decline and the demand for tags increases, hunting opportunities for rare game like moose are harder and harder to come by.  According to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, hunters harvested 242 bull moose, 42 cows and seven calves during the 2011 season for a total of 291 moose. In 2005, hunters claimed a total of 488 moose.  Because of these conditions, many hunters wait for a long time before they get the opportunity to take a moose. Deana Knipe’s husband, Ben Knipe, waited 30 years before Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks drew his name for a moose tag in 1999. Once his name was drawn, he had to wait seven yea...


12 Lake County Justice of the Peace candidates offer voters range of choices 12 Lake County Justice of the Peace candidates offer voters range of choices

POLSON — With 12 candidates vying for Lake County Justice of the Peace, many folks are interested in just what a JP does in of the course of the job.  The Lake County Justice of the Peace sees many arraignments and initial appearances of felony cases that are later transferred to another court,...

Walk-to-school event focuses on fitness, safety Walk-to-school event focuses on fitness, safety

RONAN — Hundreds of children, law enforcement officers, volunteers and University of Montana mascot “Monte” participated in the fourth annual Ronan Walks and Rolls the morning of Oct. 3. The event, planned and organized by volunteers working with Ronan’s Safe Routes to School progr...

Sex offender caught in Pablo

PABLO — According to a press release, police arrested Lawrence R. Mays Jr., a 22-year-old male with ties to Ronan and Pablo, on a $75,000 Missoula City warrant for two counts of sexual abuse of children.  The arrest warrant was investigated and carried out by the Lake County Sheriff’s Off...

State attorney reviews draft documents State attorney reviews draft documents

POLSON — The negotiating teams for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the State of Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission and the United States met on Oct. 1. The teams are working towards presenting a compact to the Montana Legislature in January.  With that date looming an...

Proponents of I-166 denied debate Proponents of I-166 denied debate

POLSON — A cold wind was blowing as C.B. Pearson and John Stromnes struggled to set up a table and a sign and keep brochures from blowing away. Pearson, treasurer of Stand with Montanans, had scheduled a time to discuss the role of big money in Montana politics around the flagpole at the Lake County Co...

Standoff ends peacefully

VALLEY VIEW — A 45-year-old Ronan man held a gun to his head for approximately an hour on the evening of Oct. 6.  In a press release, Lake County Undersheriff Dan Yonkin said at about 6 p.m., 911 dispatch received a call reporting a male outside of a residence in the Eli Gap Road and Apple Road...

Bison roundup draws crowd, profits Bison roundup draws crowd, profits

MOIESE — While the National Bison Range has not changed in size since its creation in 1908, the herd grows by 60 to 80 animals each spring with the birth of calves. Because the range can only comfortably support between 250 and 325 bison, the range removes 50 to 95 surplus animals from the herd duri...

St. Ignatius begins pre-disaster mitigation plan

ST. IGNATIUS — During a brief St. Ignatius City Council meeting Oct. 2, Lake County Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Stephen Stanley outlined the towns need for involvement in an updated pre-disaster mitigation plan.  Stanley explained that a pre-disaster mitigation plan identifies po...

Polson named most business-friendly city

POLSON — At the Oct. 1 Polson City Commissioner’s meeting, City Manager Todd Crossett announced that the Montana Policy Institute completed a study on the most business-friendly of Montana’s 25 largest cities, and Polson topped the list. The three categories ranked were economic vitality, b...

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