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Extra eyes might help reduce crime in St. Ignatius Extra eyes might help reduce crime in St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS – If there is a dark shadowy figure outside a neighbor’s house and they are on vacation, do you call the police?  “Yes,” St. Ignatius Police Chief Charles Kuczynski said. Do you call if you see someone walking down the street that doesn’t look familiar? The chief said the correct answer is “no.” Kuczynski explained to a dozen local people interested in re-establishing a Neighborhood Watch exactly what they should be watching for in the community at an informational meeting in the St. Ignatius Senior Center last week. He said people should call law enforcement if they see a crime.  “If you see something, write...


Reaching for excellence Reaching for excellence

Although CORE/Flex sounds like a new exercise program, it’s really a way Polson High School is making itself a better school.  Core stands for Counting On Reaching Excellence, and flex stands for flexibility.  Implemented at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, CORE/Flex is a syste...

Bull trout, lawsuits, compact negotiation leave much uncertain for irrigation project Bull trout, lawsuits, compact negotiation leave much uncertain for irrigation project

RONAN – A re-evaluation of protected bull trout habitat, litigation, and ongoing negotiations of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Water Compact will have a significant impact on the operation of the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project in the next year, Bureau of Indian Affairs officials said Nov. 19...

Charlo man accused of killing wife Charlo man accused of killing wife

POLSON – Prosecutors and defense attorneys have agreed to delay setting bail in the case of a 32-year-old Charlo man who is charged with the deliberate homicide of his wife, 29-year-old Raelynn Charlo.  Charlo was reported dead by husband Adrian McElderry on Nov. 18. Investigators detained McEl...

College goes on soft lockdown

PABLO — Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 911 call at 8:12 a.m. Friday. The call reported a man with a shotgun outside Salish Kootenai College housing on Hewankorn Loop. Dispatchers used emergency tones so deputies responding were the only ones who could talk; everyone else just li...

Ronan searches for new police officers

RONAN – Ronan city councilmembers said Nov. 18 that they were thankful to finally have a new police chief to oversee the hiring process of officers.  The city council faced criticism from the public and police commissioners in the past year that resulted in a new set of hiring procedures. Now P...

Lobbyist will not represent irrigators

RONAN — A Billings-based natural resources attorney said last week that he is not a candidate for representing the Flathead Joint Board of Control in the upcoming legislative session.  The board’s attorney Bruce Fredrickson suggested in early November that the board consider hiring a lobb...

Tribes to build $27.4 million casino in Evaro Tribes to build $27.4 million casino in Evaro

News from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes POLSON — S&K Gaming LLC will build a $27.4 million casino in Evaro that will become the new Gray Wolf Peak Casino and Hotel. Another $4.6 million will be used to renovate the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino in Polson. Construction will begin in 2...

Commission saves money, selects wastewater treatment system

POLSON — Polson City Commissioners chose a sequenced batch reactor, priced at $14.3 million, instead of a membrane bioreactor with a price tag of $18.3 million for Polson’s new wastewater treatment system at their Nov. 17 meeting. That means $14.83 less on each water bill for Polson consumers. ...

Ronan city councilman proposes executive session changes Ronan city councilman proposes executive session changes

RONAN – A Ronan city councilmember suggested Nov. 17 that the City of Ronan implement an ethics policy to provide consequences for violating the terms of executive session.  The suggestion is the latest in an ongoing list of concerns aired by current and past employees and city councilmembers a...

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