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Meth addict finds new hope in drug court Meth addict finds new hope in drug court

The courtroom exudes formality. An ornate chandelier looms in the space over Bella Dally. Above it is the intricately detailed ceiling of Judge John Larson’s court.  For Dally, this intimidating room with its gold columns and rich wood is a place where she feels welcomed and respected.  Larson presides over the family drug court he established in Missoula close to ten years ago. His was the first drug treatment court in Montana.  This is a place Dally once dreamed of standing, but as an attorney not a defendant.  Her long dark hair was pulled back into a bun, and her make-up free face was relaxed as she talked with Larson and her attorney.  &ldq...


Suicide prevention plan brought to community Suicide prevention plan brought to community

CHARLO – What do you say to a person experiencing suicidal thoughts? The National Council for Behavioral Health directed a grant to Lake County to fund a Mental Health First Aid class to help people answer that question.  The class was led by Nate Chute’s Foundation Director Joan Schmidt,...


Native American flute making a ‘labor of love’ for Kalispell-area man Native American flute making a ‘labor of love’ for Kalispell-area man

POLSON – What began as a hobby quickly turned into a labor of love and a business for David Webb. It all started when Webb, a native of the Black Hills of South Dakota, received three Native American flutes as a gift from a friend in July 2009. He bought a flute in Keystone, South Dakota, the next d...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Jim is not sure why anyone would want to know stuff about his time in the military – it all happened so long ago. He didn’t think he had any stories to tell, but agreed to answer some questions about his time in the service. When asked if he was in the “Korean War” or the “Korea...


Drug courts offer addicts a path to get clean Drug courts offer addicts a path to get clean

Lauren Pope struggled with drug addiction for more than a decade.  In 2013, things were so bad that she thought getting arrested would be the only way to clean up, so she stole a bottle of Worcestershire sauce from a Rosauer’s in Missoula.  “I made sure that that security lady saw...


Happy Birthday America Happy Birthday America

LAKE COUNTY – People celebrated America’s Independence Day in towns across the county with parades in the afternoon and fireworks into the night even though this year’s festivities landed on a Tuesday.   Polson  Patriotically dressed spectators waving American flags pac...


Going-to-the-Sun Road fully open Going-to-the-Sun Road fully open

News from Glacier National Park WEST GLACIER — The Going-to-the-Sun Road is now open in its entirety to motorized vehicle travel. Visitors can drive the whole length of the road, including access at Logan Pass. Park work crews have finished snow removal, assessed current snow conditions, cleaned u...


Few options exist for parents battling a child’s meth addiction Few options exist for parents battling a child’s meth addiction

By Callahan Peel UM School of Journalism Celes Castrol remembers that day in eighth grade when she and her friends discovered the meth pipes in one girl’s parents’ room.  Castrol and her friends decided to test them out, and from that point on, Castrol was hooked. She used on and of...


MSU research resets timeline for evolution of complex life forms MSU research resets timeline for evolution of complex life forms

BOZEMAN — A Montana State University doctoral graduate discovered fossilized microorganisms in western Montana that predate by 200 million years fossils previously believed to be the oldest complex life forms in North America. Zach Adam’s research of the fossilized remains of a eukaryote calle...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Paul Metzger was drafted from Dickerson, North Dakota when he was 21 years old. His parents had to move off the farm, and “that was it.”  With no more farm worker deferment, he had to go. His folks didn’t express much – it was WWII and everybody was going. After being inducted...


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