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Alleged meth dealers in custody after high-speed car chase

CHARLO — A wild car chase through southern Lake County on Jan. 20 ended safely with the arrests of two Idaho men on drug-related charges. Driver Dustin Jade Morgan, 23, and passenger and car owner Stephen Dale Leischner, also 23, led law enforcement officers on a nearly 50-mile chase that reached speeds of 130 mph early Wednesday afternoon, said Lt. Mike Sargeant of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.  The chase began when two plainclothes Tribal Law and Order officers with the Northwest Montana Drug Task Force attempted to stop the suspect vehicle during a surveillance operation. The officers had information that the owner of a dark green Cadillac with a tan top an...


Change for change: kids help fund education in Middle East

ARLEE — Some whisper; some chant; some are silent except for the copper clinking in their hands. It’s Pennies for Peace time again in Arlee Elementary teacher Sibley Ligas’ second-grade class, and the youngsters are turning piles of loose change into neat stacks, meticulously counting each ...


Principal candidates interview, visit Polson

POLSON — Rob Hankins, Jim Howard, Thom Peck and Tom Wissink took a look at Polson and Polson High School on Jan. 14 and 15.  The four men were in town to interview for the position of Polson High School Principal.  According to Polson Superintendent David Whitesell, the four candidates ...


York leaves Linderman for OPI position

POLSON — Linderman Elementary School Principal Steve York will be leaving School District #23. York’s last day will be Jan. 22, and he starts his new job at the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) on Feb. 1. York’s title at OPI will be Deputy Director/Assistant Superintendent of Educational ...


Charlo wins in scholarly competition

CHARLO — At the academic bowl last Wednesday, Charlo Middle School Academic Bowl team defeated three other Lake County middle schools in an all day competition.  The academic bowl is a scholarly competition that consists of written and oral exams in history, science, math, logic and English. Te...


SKC helps local children remember MLK, celebrate diversity

PABLO — For elementary students in Lake County, keeping the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. alive became an interactive, hands-on experience last Thursday.  More than 400 children came to the Diversity Fair at Salish Kootenai College, which was part of the week-long program “Celebrate th...


Local political activism group aims to educate, encourage participation in government

RONAN — A local grassroots political activism group kicked off with a bang last week in Ronan. Calling All Conservatives, a group formed by several community members concerned with the state of the U.S. government, held its first event Jan. 12 at the Ronan Community Center. For St. Ignatius resident...


Arlee celebrates completion of new fire hall

ARLEE — Despite the chilly, drizzly fog that settled over Arlee Saturday, a festive air surrounded the new fire hall as the community gathered to celebrate the completion of the facility.  The building represents countless hours of planning and hard work that started back in 2001, when the fire...


Ronan-Pablo School Board approves five-year teachers’ contract

RONAN — In a Ronan-Pablo School Board Meeting on Monday, the board approved the MTEC (Master Teacher Employment Contract) for the next five years. The contract states that the Ronan-Pablo School District must give a 15 percent raise to the Ronan and Pablo teaching staff spread across the next five year...


School board meeting packs Linderman library

POLSON — The library at Linderman Elementary School was jam packed on Jan. 11 for the Polson School Board meeting. School district employees, administrators, parents and community members gathered at the meeting for a chance to speak their piece on proposed administrative changes for the remainder of t...


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