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MDOT, Tribes dedicate portion of highway to Hoyt

POLSON — The one-year anniversary of Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Christopher Lee Hoyt’s death in an off-duty accident was Monday, Aug. 23. Family, law enforcement officers, friends and dignitaries gathered near the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center on the edge of U.S. Highway 93 to dedicate a section of the road, from just south of Pablo to Caffrey Drive, to Hoyt. Traffic noise rising and falling in the background was appropriate, since Hoyt was a highway patrolman and spent much of his time driving. Montana Department of Transportation Director Jim Lynch and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Chairman Bud Moran were unofficial emcees of the event. The Confede...

Man-made fire burns 43 acres near Buffalo Bridge

Authorities suspect an unattended camp fire to be the cause of a fire that burned 43 acres near Buffalo Bridge on Thursday evening. “My suspicion was that it was started within a fire ring and was an unattended campfire,” said Curtiss Matt, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Division of F...

A day at the races

POLSON — Calaveras County has their jumping frogs, Churchill Downs has their ponies, Daytona has their stock cars and Polson has their bugs.  Seventy children came to the Linderman multi-purpose room Thursday armed with bugs, bugs of all kinds, except earwigs, flying bugs, stink bugs, cockroach...

Carcass show last step for 4-H market projects

Last week, 4-H club members washed and brushed and polished their steers, lambs and pigs so they’d look their best in market and showmanship classes and at the market sale.  This week it was time to view the animals in carcass form, since 4-H market animal projects go from the initial weigh-in ...

Putting for Paws provides food, litter for pets

POLSON — “Hopefully this will last a little while,” Lake County Sheriff Lucky Larson said, patting a big sack of dog food. The sack was just one of the 3,601 pounds of dog food, cat food, cat litter, dog biscuits and two ounces of dog brownies donated to the Mission Valley Animal Shelter...

Summer library program keeps kids reading

RONAN — Studies show that if kids don’t continue to read through the summer, teachers have to re-teach what their pupils forgot over the summer the following year, Ronan Library Director Michelle Fenger said.  She said summers can be a fun and exciting time for families and children alike...

Charlo trustees vote against secondary insurance

CHARLO — At a school board meeting on Tuesday, the Charlo School Board voted not to re-subscribe to their secondary insurance Northwestern Scholastic Insurers.  “I just think it’s a waste of money,” Charlo Trustee Duane Weible said.  The unanimous vote was prompted by ...

Insurance, medical marijuana discussed at public hearing

POLSON – Two public hearings were scheduled before the Polson City Commission meeting on Monday, Aug. 16.  The first hearing to discuss the city’s fiscal year 2010-11 preliminary budget and notice of an increase in permissive medical mills began at 6 p.m. Much of the discussion centere...

Salish and Kootenai exhibit explores the worlds of human health and healing

Chances are slim to none that a person who is being wheeled down the hospital hallway en route to surgery is thinking about anything other than the surgical equipment that is about to invade his or her body tissues. Is this going to hurt? Did my physician get a good night’s rest? Will I be put under...

Local group promotes peace in weekly gathering

POLSON – Every Monday from 12 to 12:30 p.m. a voice for peace can be heard out front of the Lake County Courthouse in Polson. The group of ladies emphasizes they are “not against the troops.” Several said they have close family who have served or are serving in Iraq currently.  &ldq...

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