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Blaze destroys mobile home at Pablo used car lot

POLSON — A mid-day fire destroyed a mobile home at Alco Auto Sales, a used car lot at 57730 Hwy. 93 across from Pablo Quality Foods, on July 8.  No injuries were reported.  The fire was called into dispatch at 12:02 p.m. About 15 Ronan firefighters responded, according to Ronan Volunteer Fire Chief Mark Clary. Clary added that the Polson Volunteer Fire Department sent eight firefighters, an engine and a water tender. The fire departments had to fight the fire from the street since fire engines and tenders could not penetrate the tightly packed vehicles surrounding the trailer. Clary said 250 to 300 feet of fire hose was used to reach the burning building.  F...

Jury finds Wilson guilty in house stealing

POLSON — After an hour of deliberation, a Lake County jury Tuesday found Brent Arthur Wilson guilty of theft, deceptive practices and tampering with public records or information, all felonies, and criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.  He faces a maximum of 30 years in prison and fines up to $151,...

Completed skatepark soars among the best

ST. IGNATIUS — Kristie Nerby slept better Monday night than she had in six years. And she can continue to rest easy knowing that the Skate Ignatius project is finally complete.  After years of fundraising for the St. Ignatius Skatepark’s two phases, Nerby saw her vision of a skatepark whe...

Over the big top

The Culpepper and Merriweather circus visited Ronan on Sunday, featuring amazing acts of dexterity, flexibility and comedy.  The family-friendly event drew kids and parents from all over Lake County, who were happy munching on peanuts and tasting snow cones, while watching some remarkable feats from ...

Technology camp provides fun, summer education

RONAN — Summer camps for most kids don’t make the cut without a lake, sports or arts and crafts. But for a few Ronan middle school students, getting wrapped up in computer programs, the construction of toothpick bridges and stop animation was an excellent way to spend a week of summer afternoo...

Tribes celebrate 112th July 4 powwow

ARLEE — Despite cool weather with a bit of rain thrown in, dancers, drummers and spectators from all over the West came by the droves to join in the Arlee Celebration’s 112th year. On Sunday alone, 520 dancers — some competing, some just celebrating — stomped and spun under the powwow...

Sheriff’s office transfers investigation to FBI

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office transferred an investigation involving the alleged embezzlement of $675,000 from Whitefish Credit Union and a missing person to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Lake County Detective Dan Yonkin confirmed on Tuesday.  He also indicated that authorities have m...

SKC, University of Montana offer master’s degree program

PABLO — A new master’s partnership with a special education endorsement is available for Native American students in education at Salish Kootenai College.  Dr. Merle Farrier, Ed.d., is coordinating the program through the University of Montana. Students must apply and be accepted for t...

Questions linger in plane crash investigation

MOEISE — The National Transportation Safety Bureau began investigations last Thursday into the cause of a June 27 plane crash that claimed the lives of four young Montanans: Melissa Weaver and Erika Hoefer of Kalispell, and two Missoula men, pilot Sonny Kless and Brian Williams. After a massive thre...

Arlee Independence Day parade hits highway

ARLEE — This Fourth of July, Arlee displayed the true meaning of a community celebration as volunteers banded together to bring back a longstanding tradition of parading down U.S. Highway 93. “(The parade) was always on the highway, for 30 or 40 years,” parade committee member Tina Morin...


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