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Polson Police Department thanks citizens for assistance

News from the Polson Police Department Sergeant George Simpson  POLSON – On Aug. 7, during the dayshift, the Polson Police Department responded to two significant crashes on U.S. Highway 93 and one significant medical emergency incident.  The unselfish acts of kindness and good old-fashioned Montana initiative displayed by citizens of Polson were nothing short of extraordinary. This comes as no surprise for those of us who live here, but for our guests, be advised: Polson is the greatest community around. The first crash involved a truck and motorcycle on U.S. Highway 93 with injuries. While the 911 calls were coming into dispatch, people were already assisting th...


Lake County schools roll out back-to-school plans

LAKE COUNTY – With just a tad under two weeks of summer vacation remaining, school districts within Lake County released their COVID-19 pandemic reopening plans for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year.  For the Arlee School District, school begins on Monday, Aug. 24. Arlee’s back-to-school...


Bird Island closed due to wildfire Bird Island closed due to wildfire

News from FWP FLATHEAD LAKE — Bird Island on Flathead Lake, near Finley Point, closed to public access due to wildfire danger last week. A wildfire was actively burning on the island, creating unsafe fire conditions with hazardous trees. These safety concerns pose threats to public safety, and ...


Magpie Rock Fire contained at 75 percent

News from the CSKT Division of Fire DIXON – Firefighters continued to focus on a heavy mop-up operation on the Magpie Rock Fire on Sunday, Aug. 9.  The fire burned 3,539 acres and is 75 percent contained as of Sunday. Crews are utilizing engines, water tenders and hose lays. One hundred an...


St. Joseph hosts virtual open house for local non-profits

News Providence St. Joseph Health  POLSON — The St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund, a Providence St. Joseph Health grant making foundation, will host a virtual open house on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 10:30 a.m. to make continued connections with local non-profits and find opportunities to inves...


Search for missing man continues Search for missing man continues

News from Lake County Sheriff Don Bell LAKE COUNTY – Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the report of a shooting in the alley behind a bar in Pablo on Aug. 4 at about 9:45 p.m. It was reported that a disturbance had taken place.  A resident, from a house adjacent to t...


Counties given choices - conduct mail ballot election, expand early voting for November election

News from the office of the Governor MONTANA — Governor Steve Bullock issued a directive to ensure all eligible Montanans can safely vote in the 2020 November general election by allowing counties to expand voting by mail and early voting. Whether or not they provide mail ballots, all counties wil...


UM research honored for international impact
 UM research honored for international impact


From UM News Service
 MISSOULA – A respected international ranking organization recently listed the University of Montana among the most impactful institutions in the U.S. for research. The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2020 offers insights into the research performance of more than 1,000 major universit...


Bear resistant garbage cans available to households Bear resistant garbage cans available to households

News from CSKT FLATHEAD RESERVATION – If you live in bear habitat within the Mission Valley and self-haul your garbage, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Wildlife Management Program has a limited number of 65-gallon bear-resistant Kodiak garbage cans available.   There is ...


COVID-19 testing helps trace, contain the virus

LAKE COUNTY – As Montana’s number of COVID-19 cases declines from early-July highs, questions about how and when to be tested for the virus remain. Lake County Public Health nurse Leigh Estvold shed light on some common concerns about testing. People who have symptoms, like cough, fever or sho...


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