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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 expense of continued legal proceedings.  Former state Supreme Court Justice Diane Barz has been the acting Lake County Justice of the Peace, and McNeel will take over on Sept. 4. Of the four candidates they chose from, Commissioner Paddy Trusler said, ”three had a legal background or were licensed attorneys.” Twelve candidates have filedfor the office of Justice of t...


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...

Local man nourishes plants, hearts Local man nourishes plants, hearts

RONAN— These days, a true volunteer dedicated heart and soul to a worthwhile task is difficult to find. Most volunteer work is performed after work or during free time. It might be fair to say most volunteers perform their good works when their “important” or “necessary” work is...

Containment on West Garcon fire estimated by weekend Containment on West Garcon fire estimated by weekend

POLSON — The West Garcon, also know as Garceau, fire is “spider-shaped,” according to operation chief Randy McKenzie. He attributes the spider’s “legs” to gusty winds up to 30 miles per hour during the night of Aug. 14, which caused the fire to spread, quickly burning gras...

St. Ignatius welcomes new AD, teachers

ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius school district has added several new teachers to its family for the 2012-13 school year.     Kristen Hawkaluk Kristen Hawkaluk teaches literacy and math for kindergarten-through-second grade in St. Ignatius Elementary School. Originally from Havre, ...

Charlo hires new athletic director, superintendent

Charlo schools have added a new athletic director and superintendent for the entire 2012-13 school year with a single hire: Thom Peck. In an effort to make him feel more at home, we’ve asked him a short list of questions and published them below so you might get to know him better.  Charlo Scho...

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