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County runs transportation levy

POLSON — A road grader costs an astounding $240,000, and Lake County’s newest grader is a 1996 model. And years of hard work on the county roads is beginning to catch up quickly on the county's road maintenance rigs. To try and deal with aging equipment and the rising cost of parts and supplies, Lake County will have a transportation levy to consider on the June ballot. Lake County Commissioner Paddy Trusler said basically Lake County is at a point where, in order to continue with at least similar maintenance and service, a levy is needed.  “What the levy is intended to do is deal with equipment and the maintenance of hard-surfaced roads,” Trusler expla...


Charlo community pitches in for new fire hall

CHARLO — The Charlo-Moiese Volunteer Fire Department is in no mood to play with fire.  In fact, the department plans to continue keeping fires under control with the convenience of a single new fire hall. The new structure will replace three smaller fire halls and will lessen the department&rsq...


Council authorizes amended grant application

RONAN — In an advisory vote at a city council meeting on Monday, the Ronan City Council amended and authorized a Treasure State Endowment Program grant application for $500,000. Originally, engineer Shari Johnson presented the grant application to the city council for the amount of $420,000.  ...


Two dead in crash off Flathead River cliff

IRVINE FLATS — Two men are dead after the car they were riding in plunged off a 25-foot cliff into the Flathead River early Saturday morning. Joshua Jerome Clairmont, a 23-year-old Missoula resident, and 20-year-old Drew Austin Taylor, also of Missoula, died of apparent drowning, Lake County Undersh...


Police training conference focuses on domestic violence issues

POLSON — We’ve all seen or heard it at one time or another. Yelling coming from a neighbor’s house, a child’s bruised arm, a woman’s tear-stained face — they may be subtle, but they’re the signs of domestic violence. They make us uncomfortable, but usually not uncomf...


Students celebrate Native American culture

ST. IGNATIUS — Friday afternoon was a special time at the St. Ignatius School, especially for high school Salish and Native American studies teacher Geraldine Felix.  For the past few years, Felix and Aileen Plant, the elementary Native American studies teacher, have organized a social powwow e...


Attitude determines altitude

Polson Tower, this is Delta 7, five miles southwest of the airport, requesting to land,” said the crackly voice of a student pilot. “Delta 7, this is Polson Tower. Fly into the pattern, then report to base,” said Lee Lytton from Polson Tower. “Polson Tower, this is Delta 7 on ba...


Ronan Board expands activities director position

RONAN — In a Ronan School Board meeting last Wednesday, superintendent Andy Holmlund approached the board with plans to make the activities director a full-time position. Currently, there are no Class A activities directors in the state of Montana, but Holmlund insisted that an activity director is ...


Fundraising run, egg hunt big hits in Moiese

MOIESE — High school baseball in Charlo got a big boost last weekend through the inaugural Bison Fun Run and Bunny Hop, a fundraiser for the Charlo Baseball Association. On a cool, beautiful Easter Saturday morning, nearly 200 locals turned out for the event, Easter baskets in tow. The original plan...


Driver, law enforcement spot mountain lion

POLSON — A mountain lion was sighted on Tuesday, March 30, about 11:30 p.m. near the Y junction of Highways 93 and 35 in Polson, according to Polson Police Chief Doug Chase. A person driving on Highway 93 saw the cat cross the highway near DePoe Junction, a building above Safeway near the highway. ...


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