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The buck stops in Polson

Most people wouldn’t even dare to get on a 1,000-pound plus animal that was bred to buck with nothing really to hold you on, except some simple leather rigging and spurs, but when Justin T. Miller was given a chance to ride a bronc for the third time Saturday night at the Polson Fairgrounds, he didn’t give have to give it a second thought. The third time was the charm for the Billings cowboy. Miller held on for eight seconds for the third time that night and scored 75 points to win the bareback competition at the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Mission Mountain Rodeo. In an event that is commonly viewed as the most physically demanding of the rodeo, and even though b...


Amish auction set for July 10

ST. IGNATIUS — On July 10, hundreds of people from around the Northwest will gather against the backdrop of the majestic Mission Mountains to take a step back to a simpler time at the eighth annual Mission Valley Auction. Typically held on the second Saturday in July, the auction is put on by the Mi...


Medical marijuana banned in Ronan

RONAN — At a meeting on Monday, Ronan City Council members voted unanimously to follow the planning board’s recommendation prohibiting the sale, growth and distribution of medical marijuana within the city limits. Previously, the Ronan City Council issued a temporary moratorium, restricting me...


Ronan wreck downs power line

RONAN — A power line was dislodged off its pole on Tuesday morning in Ronan after a Pablo resident drove his car off U.S. Highway 93 and into the pole on the west side of the highway. At approximately 11:10 a.m. Tom Hendricks pulled out of the Community Bank parking lot, heading south on U.S. Highwa...


Kids participate in Polson Pet Parade

POLSON — The Charlie Russell Riders from Bigfork wearing sparkly royal blue blouses led the Polson Pet Parade down Main Street and back on 1st Street E. The parade started at 11 a.m. on June 25. The parade was a precursor to the Polson PRCA Rodeo held on June 25 and 26.  Following the pretty...


Polson Rotary Club donates to Riverside Park

POLSON — Kids at Riverside Park will be playing on a safer surface thanks to a $15,000 donation from the Polson Rotary Club.  Polson Parks Department head Karen Sargeant said a 12-inch layer of processed wood fiber material will replace the existing sand in the playground. Concrete curbing will...


Missing woman suspected of embezzling $675,000

POLSON — Law enforcement agencies suspect a missing woman of allegedly embezzling an estimated $675,000 from Whitefish Credit Union in Polson.  Kathleen Gratton Sammons, a resident of Charlo and vice president of the Whitefish Credit Union, left work on Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. to unlock t...


Vehicle crashes into irrigation canal

CHARLO — After rounding Palmer’s Corner, a vehicle drifted off U.S. Highway 212 and drove 100 yards before hitting an embankment and crashing into the Post C Irrigation Canal outside of Charlo on Friday at 10:30 a.m.  The driver of the vehicle, Darbie Lynn Morigeau, 49, of Polson sustaine...


Charlo Art Camp fuses creativity, science

CHARLO — For ten years Charlo has provided a little structure and summer fun for local students in the form of an art camp. And this year’s camp was more popular than ever with 79 kids participating in the creative event.  “I had kids in school and it was just a fun idea for a su...


Fire damages building at Elmo Fishing Access

ELMO — Fireworks caused a fire that gutted a building at Elmo Fishing Access on June 26. Dispatchers relayed the fire call to the Chief Cliff Volunteer Fire Department at about 6:06 p.m.  Chief Cliff Volunteer Fireman Jason Heffner was the first responder and said firefighters had to move bould...


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