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City library, parks underspent budgets

POLSON — Mayor Pat DeVries started off the Sept. 20 Polson City Commissioners meeting with two things to note on the commission meeting of Sept. 8.  “The first one is a correction concerning a statement that was attached to the budget amendment at that meeting,” DeVries said. “... It stated that the library and parks overspent their personal services budget by $22,389.”  DeVries continued, “I went back and looked at these numbers because I didn’t feel real comfortable with that, and what happened was the library’s personal service budget for 2009-10 was $127,684. The actual amount they spent was $115,318, which meant it was und...

Ravalli sheep attack blamed on coyotes

RAVALLI — Seven sheep killed in Ravalli Sept. 13 are likely dead due to a coyote attack, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes wildlife biologist Stacy Courville said. Windmill Village owners David and Nancy Martin awoke Sept. 14 to find seven of their 17 sheep injured or dead. Some of the animals...

$13.7 million grant to improve rural Internet connection

RONAN — It’s not everyday that a local company receives millions of dollars in grant money from the federal government. But last week, the Ronan Telephone Company became the recipient of a $13.7 million stimulus grant called the Montana West Project. The project will provide the Missoula an...

SKC inaugurates Luana Ross as new president

PABLO — Along with new students enrolling for fall quarter of the 2010-11 school year, Salish Kootenai College also has a new president, Luana K. Ross. Ross, a doctor of sociology, has been on the job since July 15, but she was officially inaugurated on Sept. 15 in the Johnny Arlee/Victor Charlo The...

Fall fun fest

RONAN — The Ronan Chamber of Commerce enjoyed an usually cool Harvest Fest on Saturday, while tasting the local fares of the harvest season.  Harvest Fest Vendor Coordinator Roland Godan from the Lake County Community Development Corporation said the event was almost canceled, and three chili c...

Suspect in St. Ignatius murder pleads innocent

POLSON — Nigel Ernst, one of four suspects in the 2005 murder of St. Ignatius resident Harold Mitchell Jr., pled not guilty Sept. 15 to felony deliberate homicide. Ernst was transported to the Lake County Jail Aug. 24 from federal prison in Victorville, Calif., where he was serving time for felony p...

State begins investigation into group accusing sheriff of corruption

A local group behind a website and several print advertisements alleging wrongdoing by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is being investigated by the state’s Commission of Political Practices for possible illegal campaign activity.  “We have a complaint that we’re looking into,...

Fire lookout enjoys peaceful summer

Perched high on a ridge between the Mission and Jocko Valleys, she raises a pair of military-issue binoculars to her eyes and slowly turns, scanning the hillsides.  “Nothing new to report today,” she says, squinting into the sun. It’s a beautiful late summer day — especiall...

Unpleasant pheasant forecast for 2010 season

It looks like six weeks of rain washed out any prospects of a good pheasant hunting season in the valley.  It appeared that the local pheasant population was on the rise last year after a mild-weather hatching season.  Even with a warm and dry hatching season last year it was going to take so...

Fall Mack Days begins Oct. 1

If anyone ever needed any extra incentive to go out to the lake on a beautiful fall day in search of a trophy lake trout, the Confederated Salish and Tribe have given them one. The prize money in the 2010 Mack Days has doubled from 2009. The CSKT will be giving out $100,000 in cash and prizes in the 2010 ...

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