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Judge reprimands county attorney in court Judge reprimands county attorney in court

POLSON — District Judge C.B. McNeil reprimanded County Attorney Mitch Young for his handling of media inquiries into accused killer Clifford Oldhorn’s case but refused Oldhorn a reduction in bail last week.  Oldhorn denied Wednesday in Lake County District Court that he violated conditions of his probation. Oldhorn, who was convicted in 2011 of deliberate homicide for his role in the July 2005 murder of 73-year-old former tribal leader Harold W. Mitchell Jr., denied allegations that he possessed ammunition, consumed alcohol, kicked the door of a police car after being arrested — an accusation that resulted in a misdemeanor public nuisance charge — and associa...


Bridge on Little Bitterroot Road to close for replacement Bridge on Little Bitterroot Road to close for replacement

HOT SPRINGS — Christensen Bridge, the third bridge from Montana Highway 28 traveling east on Little Bitterroot Road about three and a half miles from Hot Springs, will be closed for replacement March 18-April 8, according to a press release from the Lake County Commissioner’s Office. “It...

Water rights compact moves to legislature Water rights compact moves to legislature

The week of Feb. 25 to March 1 was a busy one for the water rights compact on the Flathead Reservation. First, on Feb. 26, the nine-member Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission approved the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes/Montana water compact and sent it on its way to the Montana State Le...

Candidates file for irrigation, fire, library boards

Tuesday, May 7, is Election Day for fire districts and service areas, irrigation districts, library districts and school board elections.  Those filing for candidacy by Feb. 21 were:   Charlo/Moiese Rural Fire District Trustee Ronald R. Bucholz Irvin Long   Montecahto R...

Polson firefighters climb for a cure Polson firefighters climb for a cure

POLSON — Firefighters from the Polson Volunteer Fire Department will be traveling to Seattle to climb the Columbia Center for the 2013 Scott Firefighter Stairclimb. Firefighters climb 69 floors, 1,317 steps and 788 vertical feet. No shorts and T-shirts are allowed, either. They climb in 45 pounds of fi...

Polson Fairgrounds renovations under way Polson Fairgrounds renovations under way

POLSON — The Polson PRCA Rodeo will be even more enjoyable this year with new seating and renovated grandstands. The grandstands at the Polson Fairgrounds are getting a seat lift, thanks to a grant from the Montana Department of Transportation. Funded by lodging tax collected across the state of Montan...

Local resident plans to open roller rink

PABLO — Ethan Friedlander, a life-long resident of the Flathead Indian Reservation, hopes to open a roller rink in Pablo sometime this summer.  The idea was born more than 15 years ago when Friedlander moved away from the reservation for a number of years, attending middle school in Laurel. The...

Sandpiper features Native American art Sandpiper features Native American art

POLSON — Art, hors d’oeuvres and a crowd beckoned people to the Sandpiper Art Gallery’s opening reception for its Native American Art Invitational show on March 1. Native American artists Ben Pease and D.G. House joined Salish and Kootenai College Art Department Director Karen Goulet and...

Tribes plan for potential impact of climate change Tribes plan for potential impact of climate change

MISSION VALLEY — The secret is out: climate change is real, and it’s coming to the Flathead Indian Reservation. And the tribes are taking action.  According to a press release, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have begun the process of hiring an individual or organization taske...

Ronan senior headed to West Point Ronan senior headed to West Point

RONAN — Ronan High School senior Shelby Grant has been admitted to the United States Military Academy at West Point.   Founded in 1802, West Point is located on the Hudson River in Upstate New York and is the oldest military academy in the United States. Every student receives a free education ...

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