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Police seek witnesses in fatal crash investigation

ARLEE — Nearly two weeks after a one-vehicle rollover just north of Arlee left a man dead and led to felony charges for the driver, police are still looking for any information about a second vehicle that allegedly ran over the victim’s body. “We haven’t received any leads,” Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Sanderson said. And driver Christopher Gardipe of Arlee, who was charged with negligent vehicular homicide while under the influence, is refusing to cooperate with police, Sanderson added. “(Gardipe) will not speak with investigators,” Sanderson said. While Gardipe refused a blood test, a sample of his blood taken at St. Patrick Hos...

Museum unveils Polson Centennial print

POLSON — KC and The Valley Cats with their vintage  jazz made the joint jump at the grand opening of the Polson Centennial. The event was held at the Polson Flathead Museum on June 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. with about 150 community members wandering through the museum. Stephanie Clement, Lynn Sherick...

Heralded return

PABLO — It took a little shooing from wildlife manager Dale Becker, but once the swans spotted the cattails and glassy water, a chorus of trumpeting broke out and the giant white birds bailed out of the straw-lined horse trailer. In a heartwarming scene reminiscent of a Disney movie, the young swans wa...

Local teacher honored for innovative methods

 ST. IGNATIUS — John Fleming has held many titles — history teacher, state legislator, coach, father, husband, volunteer firefighter and Army veteran, to name a few — and he recently received one more to add to the list. Fleming was named the winner of the 21st Montana Statehood Centen...

Red Ink publishes SKC student’s essay

PABLO — Although now she’s on the “long trail of summer freedom,” Breana Harlow was a hard-working college student and mother during the 2009-2010 school year. And now she’s also a published author.  Harlow, 21, studies at Salish Kootenai College. Last fall she wrote an ...

STEAM Program trains students to be poll workers

Voters around the valley may have noticed students wearing T-shirts that say, “A smiling face at your polling place” at the polls on May 8. These students were part of the Student Teams for Election Assistance in Montana class at Salish Kootenai College. The STEAM program was developed to help...

PEA fetes retiring teachers

POLSON — Polson School District #23 lost over 150 years of combined teaching wisdom and expertise when six long-term teachers retired at the end of the 2009-2010 school year. The teachers are: Mary Davis, 36 years, Carolyn Hall, 15 years, Janis Jette, 25 years, Karl Tait, 35 years, Paul Torgison, 22 ye...

School board to request opinion of attorney general

RONAN — Following a lengthy and contentious discussion on Monday, the Ronan School board approved the motion to forward a draft letter to the Lake County Attorney, requesting the Montana attorney general’s opinion on the doctrine of incompatible offices in regards to Gale Decker. Decker serves...

Beloved administrator, teacher retires after 36 years

RONAN — Among the faculty and staff at Ronan Middle School, there’s a universal truth known about Jim Gillhouse: his primary concern is for the well-being, health and of course the education of the kids he teaches and works with.  But after 36 years of dedicated service to Ronan’s y...

Work on skatepark underway, but donations still sought

ST. IGNATIUS — Construction began Monday on the second phase of the Skate Ignatius Skatepark, and skaters should have less than a month to wait for the finished product, project organizer Kristie Nerby said. “(Dreamland Skateparks is) confident that as long as we don’t have too much rain...

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