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State continues to investigate sheriff’s office for poaching

KALISPELL — After a former Lake County Sheriff’s Office employee was charged earlier this month with two felonies related to poaching moose, state wildlife officials say they’re continuing to investigate members of the sheriff’s department on similar suspicions. Jesse Jacobs is charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a game animal, Fish, Wildlife and Parks Warden Capt. Lee Anderson said. Jacobs allegedly shot a moose illegally near Columbia Falls in 2005 and asked a Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal member for his hunting permit. “We got the information on (the case) this last spring,” Anderson said. “Our investigation is ongoi...


Polson prepares for homecoming celebration

POLSON — “Kage the Kitties” is the theme of Polson High School’s homecoming this year as the school gears up for a weekend of fun and sports. PHS Lady Pirates soccer team takes on Columbia Falls Wildkats, Thursday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m., and the Lady Pirates volleyball team also will be ...


Ronan honors Gold Star mothers

RONAN — A small, quiet gathering in Bockman Park Sunday marked a little-known national day of remembrance for mothers of men and women killed in service in the United States military. In 1936, Congress dedicated the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother’s Day.  “It’s ju...


Wreck near Dayton results in fatality

DAYTON — A one-car crash north of Dayton killed passenger Leroy Carlson, 43, and sent the driver of the '92 Toyota Tacoma to the hospital early Sept. 23.  According to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Andy Horton, the crash was discovered at about 7:20 a.m. at mile marker 83.7. However,  Dep...


Teen dead after rollover near Ronan

SLOAN’S BRIDGE — A 17-year-old boy is dead and his aunt in critical condition after a one-vehicle rollover Monday morning near Sloan’s Bridge on Little Bitterroot Road, a gravel road connecting Ronan with Hot Springs. The accident happened around 7:15 a.m. just inside Sanders County abou...


Arlee to celebrate community, harvest

ARLEE — The harvest is in, and it’s time to celebrate at the final Jocko Valley Farmers' Market of the year. A bluegrass festival, Indian taco dinner, pie-baking contest and cider press demonstration are just a few of the events planned for Friday’s community harvest party in Arlee. It&rsqu...


Transformer failure causes Ronan area power outage

RONAN — A failed transformer and regulator at a Mission Valley Power substation on Mink Lane put 900 residents out of power and nearly stopped the Ronan Chiefs from playing their homecoming football game Friday night. “It created a mess — it was right after the homecoming parade,” ...


Lake County elected officials receive pay raise

POLSON — The Lake County Compensation Board and the Lake County Commissioners have been grappling with a way to give elected officials with experience more money. In a meeting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23, the board, after much discussion, passed two motions for the commissioners to peruse.   ...


Ronan Homecoming Parade

RONAN — Works of art don’t drive … usually.  And normally they’re not in the form of a 1981 Bluebird school bus.  But on Friday afternoon at the Ronan Homecoming parade, a school bus transformed into a stunning piece of art rolled down Main Street. “The bus w...


Daily Grind

“When people take action, it is an antidote to despair.” Those words echoed in Kristie Nerby’s head Saturday as she watched hundreds of youngsters zoom around on a world-class skatepark that ordinarily wouldn’t belong in a rural town on an Indian reservation. But Skate Ignatius ...


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