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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 friend from Legendary Lodge, a Christian summer camp in Seeley Lake, and was taking them knee-boarding on Flathead Lake with his son. They went to their house, got the boat, fueled it, and headed toward the lake. Nothing out of the ordinary, nothing strange, just a mid-summer afternoon on the water with family and friends.  “We put the boat in and went knee-boarding for a f...


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...

Charlo woman appointed interim JP

POLSON — Lake County Commissioners appointed Ann-Marie McNeel, Charlo, to fill the unfinished term of Chuck Wall, who resigned as Lake County Justice of the Peace on Aug. 8. In a statement, Wall said he was resigning in order to save his family and the citizens and taxpayers of Lake County the expen...

Century-old sewage pipe kinks Ronan water improvement project Century-old sewage pipe kinks Ronan water improvement project

RONAN— Ronan’s water improvement project hit a smelly snag Monday during the construction of a new water main.  The snag, according to Ronan’s water improvement project labor compliance manager and grant administrator Roland Godan, was a 100-year old wooden sewage pipe running down ...

Water rights irrigation talks continue Water rights irrigation talks continue

RONAN — More than 150 people attended the Flathead Joint Board of Control’s public meeting on Aug. 20 regarding proposed farm turnout allowances outlined for the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project in the current water rights negotiations between the federal government, the state of Montana and th...

West Garcon fire contained, mop-up continues West Garcon fire contained, mop-up continues

POLSON — With critical air support, firefighting crews and equipment, the 9,863-acre West Garcon fire was fully contained on Aug. 24, according to public information officer Jennifer Costich. With containment achieved, Rick Kusicko’s Type 2 Incident Management Team returned management of the W...

Tribes to disperse Nez Perce settlement monies Sept. 12 Tribes to disperse Nez Perce settlement monies Sept. 12

FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Enrolled members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will each get a $10,000 check on Sept. 12, after the tribes were among 41 tribal nations to receive a settlement payment from the U.S. government earlier this year. On April 11, the federal government announced that ...

Indian National Finals Rodeo heads to Vegas via Polson Indian National Finals Rodeo heads to Vegas via Polson

The Polson Fairgrounds were filled with horses, horse trailers and campers and firefighters over the weekend. The firefighters were fighting the West Garcon fire, and the horses, horse trailers and campers belonged to contestants in the Flathead River Indian National Finals Tour Rodeo, held Aug. 23-25. Th...

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