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Commission chooses Smith for Ward 1

POLSON —Todd Coutts, Lou Marchello and Don Smith submitted letters of interest in the Ward 1 City Commissioner vacancy. Polson City Commissioners voted at the meeting on Nov. 1 and unanimously for Don Smith. The unanimous vote followed two deadlocked votes.  Smith, 57, has lived in Polson all his life and been in business since 1978.  Polson City Treasurer Bonnie Manicke delivered Polson City Manager Todd Crossett’s city manager comments due to Crossett’s illness.  Manicke said the Streetscape Celebration will be held Nov. 5 from 5 until 8 p.m. with ribbon cutting by Mayor Pat DeVries at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited for food, entertainment and to s...


Stabbing suspect pleads not guilty, remains at liberty

POLSON — Jon Lozeau, 22, a suspect in a stabbing investigation, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment hearing on Oct. 27.  An omnibus hearing was set for Dec. 22 at 9 a.m., and a jury trial has been set for Feb. 28, 2011.  Lozeau, who was released on bond and was previously banned f...


Stockmen’s Association schedules wolf meeting

RONAN — The Western Montana Stockmen’s Association will host a town hall meeting on how to protect interests in wildlife and livestock since the gray wolf has been re-listed as an endangered species. The meeting will be held Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Ronan Community Center. Ken McAlpin, vice ...


Residents still waiting for marijuana operation resolution

POLSON — Controversy over a building in Polson’s South Hills area that’s apparently housing a medical marijuana growing operation remains unresolved, as county officials have yet to determine exactly what is happening at the site. Lake County Commissioner Paddy Trusler said county commis...


Arlee students vote in mock election

ARLEE — Election Day would be much more popular if questions like these were on the ballot.  On Oct. 28, students across Montana voted in a mock election put on by Secretary of State Linda McCulloch’s office and the School Administrators of Montana. While the ballot included races for U.S...


Complaints question campaign practices in sheriff’s race

Just days before voters headed to the polls to select a new sheriff for Lake County, Commissioner of Political Practices Dennis Unsworth said he received three more complaints alleging illegal campaign activity in the race. One complaint was filed Oct. 27, and two on Oct. 28, all alleging that Jay Doyle a...


Community supports Olympic hopeful through ‘Live Locally’ race

POLSON – Competing in the 2012 Olympic games would be a dream come true for Polson High School alum Melinda Owen. Thanks to the efforts of some 231 racers and a surprise sponsorship donation of $10,000, pursuing that dream has been made a little easier for Owen. The fourth annual Live Locally Fun Ru...


100 years

As part of their centennial celebration, the communities of Dayton and Proctor got together to produce a Dayton Centennial Tour. The tour included the Proctor church, the old Proctor store, the Proctor school, the S.S. Hodge, the Dayton Bank and the old railroad dock. Visitors could view the buildings, boat ...


Treat ... or trick?

Is a healthy Halloween possible? Margene Asay believes it is, and as last Thursday’s kids' health fair in St. Ignatius proved, learning about healthy living can be just as fun — and spooky — as trick-or-treating. Asay, a Tribal Health educator, organized the fair to target kids in third ...


Brown, Reichner contend for district 9

RONAN — Republican incumbent Scott Reichner is vying for the House District 9 seat against Democrat Neal Brown. Both candidates believe in stricter penalties for drunk driving offenses, but Brown and Reichner differ on specific issues including Montana’s energy solutions and workers’ com...


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