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Insurance, medical marijuana discussed at public hearing

POLSON – Two public hearings were scheduled before the Polson City Commission meeting on Monday, Aug. 16.  The first hearing to discuss the city’s fiscal year 2010-11 preliminary budget and notice of an increase in permissive medical mills began at 6 p.m. Much of the discussion centered on the city’s insurance plan for its employees, changing insurance companies and employee salaries.  The public hearing was continued until Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. A hearing on extending the moratorium on medical marijuana restrictions drew no public comments. During the regular meeting, City Manager Todd Crossett thanked Polson City Clerk Aggi Loesser, who worked for the...

Local group promotes peace in weekly gathering

POLSON – Every Monday from 12 to 12:30 p.m. a voice for peace can be heard out front of the Lake County Courthouse in Polson. The group of ladies emphasizes they are “not against the troops.” Several said they have close family who have served or are serving in Iraq currently.  &ldq...

Teepee erected through efforts of chamber, tribe

RONAN — The Ronan Chamber of Commerce installed an 18-foot tall teepee on Friday morning.  The newest traditional monument adorns the Mission Mountain Visitor's Center in Ronan, drawing tourists from U.S. Highway 93. Facing east, the Sioux-style teepee is made from two types of weather resistan...

Baucus, tribal leaders discuss issues facing reservation

RONAN — U.S. Sen. Max Baucus (D) received a warm welcome Thursday afternoon at the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Complex, where he held a listening session with the CSKT council and other tribal leaders. Baucus is spending the month touring Montana, and also plans to visit Rocky Boy, Black...

Tribes: No more harassing wolves after federal ruling

PABLO — A recent U.S. District Court ruling reinstating gray wolves to the Endangered Species List means stockowners on the Flathead Reservation will no longer be allowed to harass or kill wolves that are harassing livestock. “We go back to the interim control plan that we had before (wolves w...

Alcohol involvement under investigation in 1-vehicle wreck

RONAN — Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in a one vehicle wreck on Sloan Road at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Day said. Day said that alcohol and narcotics involvement is still under investigation.  Tammy Stack, the driver of a gray 2008 Hummer H3, crashed t...

Two boys drown in canal

ST. IGNATIUS — A family vacation turned tragic Saturday evening when two boys drowned in an irrigation canal off St. Mary’s Lake Road east of St. Ignatius.  Eight-year-old Dennis Beauchamp and his older brother Harry, 15, were on a family camping trip visiting friends on the Flathead Rese...


Volunteers at the Aug. 7 Water Daze beach cleanup in Polson picked up 13.3 pounds of trash from Boettcher Park’s shoreline.  Information submitted to the Valley Journal incorrectly stated that 31.3 pounds of litter was collected.

Man injured in electrical accident

PABLO — An employee of Farrier Fencing was injured on Aug. 12 at about 10:54 a.m. when he dug into one of Mission Valley Power’s lines.  The man was part of a crew building a fence around Two Eagle River School. He was using a spud bar and thought he had hit some tree roots but instead it...

Crash on 93 results in no serious injuries

POLSON — An accident in front of McDonald’s on Highway 93 slowed both lanes of traffic at about 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 16.  A 1995 red Ford van pulled out of McDonald’s onto Hwy. 93 to head south, and was stuck by a champagne colored Buick driving north on Hwy. 93. No one was seriou...

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