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Complaint alleges Doyle illegally influenced voters

Montana Political Practices Commissioner Dennis Unsworth says his office has accepted a complaint alleging that Lake County Sheriff candidate Jay Doyle has illegally influenced voters during his campaign. St. Ignatius resident Ken Scott filed the complaint Sept. 21, saying that Doyle violated a statute, Montana Code Annotated 13-35-214, that says candidates must not “promise to appoint another person … in order to aid or promote the candidate's nomination or election, except that the candidate may publicly announce or define the candidate's choice or purpose in relation to an election in which the candidate may be called to take part if elected.” Scott’s compl...


Federal judge’s ruling kicks tribes out of Bison Range

MOIESE — Just days before the annual bison round-up was set to begin at the National Bison Range, a federal judge rescinded an annual funding agreement between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the U.S. Department of the Interior, effectively firing all tribal employees from their jobs at...


Law enforcement suspects retaliation motive in stabbing

RONAN — The Ronan Police Department is investigating an altercation that resulted in a stabbing behind the Gardner Apartments on Main Street in Ronan on Saturday night.  John Allen, 18, of Ronan was involved in the altercation with suspect Jon Lozeau, 22, also of Ronan that ended with a knife w...


Community urges changes to Polson city budget

POLSON — “We have a more than full house,” Mayor Pat DeVries said as she opened the 6:30 p.m. public hearing on amendments to the 2010-2011 budget on Sept. 4. Interested people packed the city commission chambers and the adjoining hall.  All the uproar stemmed from the Sept. 8 meeti...


Righetti discusses backcountry medicine

POLSON — Dr. Michael Righetti spoke to a packed lobby at St. Joseph Medical Center on Sept. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. about backcountry medicine.  Righetti is a horseman, hiker and backpacker so he understands the need for a lightweight, emergency first aid kit.  For a first aid packing list ...


Emergency responders honor Ann Ross

POLSON — “They don’t make Ann Rosses any more,” Steve Stanley, Director of Lake County Office of Emergency Management said.  Stanley was part of the group honoring Ann Ross for her 20 years as a Red Cross volunteer before a Tribal Emergency Response Committee/Local Emergency P...


Musical family strikes community chord

RONAN — The Pettit family insist they’re ordinary people, but with just one look at their yard, it’s clear that that isn’t the case.  Vegetable and flower gardens fill the grassy area with every flower and vegetable that is able to grow in northwestern Montana. The perfectly-m...


Teaching tradition

The scent of fry bread filled the Polson Middle School as seventh graders participated in Native American Awareness Week on Sept. 24. Groups of students rotated among five different activities — fry bread making, beading, stick game, watching “The Place of the Falling Waters,” a film about ...


Volunteers assist with fashion show

POLSON — The Country Store honored more than 90 volunteers with a luncheon held at the Polson Community Church beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 23.  After lunch, the mostly female crowd enjoyed a fashion show titled 100 Years of Fashion in honor of Polson’s centennial. All clothing and mo...


MME introduces telemedicine to treat mentally ill

RONAN — At first, the flat screen television delivering telemedicine to patients served by Mission Mountain Enterprises elicits some unusual reactions.  One patient lifts his shirt to see his belly displayed back to him on the screen. Paranoia sets in for another, and the staff must attempt to ...


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