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3 dead after head-on crash

RAVALLI — Three people died on Saturday when a northbound 2005 Hyundai drifted into the southbound lane and crashed head-on with a Pontiac. The driver of the Hyandai was 19-year-old Trevor Olson of Missoula. Olson was killed along with his passenger, his 14-year-old cousin Tanner Olson of Missoula. The 22-year-old male from Arlee was driving the Pontiac. He was injured but his 21-year-old female passenger from St. Ignatius was killed. A 4-year-old and an infant inside the Pontiac were also injured. The injured were transported to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. According to Montana Highway Patrol none of the people involved were wearing seatbelts and speed and alcohol do not appear ...


Ronan police chief denies falsification allegations, claims paperwork was correct

RONAN – The Ronan Police Department is under investigation by Montana’s Public Safety Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council following a recent incident in which it was falsely reported that a Montana Law Enforcement Academy student was employed by Ronan Police Department. Montana&rsquo...


Arlee Celebration: Honoring the past while preserving the future

ARLEE — Allen Pierre remembers attending Arlee Celebration when he was a little boy. He recalls the crowds were smaller and old-style dances more prominent. Now 45, Pierre still attends the powwow, dressed in Native American regalia as he sings with his family drum group Bear Spirit. “Arlee Ce...


Fourth of July celebration fills Charlo streets on July 3rd

CHARLO – The day was bright and hot, as hundreds of spectators headed to Main Street in Charlo to celebrate the nation’s birthday and watch the small town’s big annual parade. Youngsters filled their bags with candy thrown by float occupants who passed them by. Children also had the opportu...


Local legend heads home

RONAN – As the Ronan High School’s gym filled to near capacity last Saturday, it became more and more apparent just how many lives local legend and lifelong Mission Valley resident Bud Vern Edmond Cheff Sr. touched in his 96 years. Cheff’s funeral was held at the gym to accommodate the atte...


Antique airplane club to visit Polson

POLSON — Skies above the Polson Airport will be full of antique airplanes during the late afternoon of July 12. The planes belong to the Puget Sound Antique Airplane Club, which will include Polson on their 2011 air tour. About 35 planes, everything from current planes back through World War II pla...


Water rights negotiations progress

POLSON — Federal Negotiator Duane Mecham reported at the June 29 Water Rights Compact Commission negotiating session that he and colleague David Red Horse met with the working group on Indian water settlements in Washington, D.C. Mecham and Red Horse got the go-ahead from this group on three critical i...


It’s time for fireworks

POLSON — Black Cats, smoke bombs, bottle rockets, tanks, screaming chickens, snakes as well as the big cakes and artillery shells — they all come out to play in the two or three weeks prior to the Fourth of July. Kids save their allowances, do chores and beg their parents for money to buy fir...


Key presents draft of corridor study, solicits comments

POLSON — Jeff Key, project engineer for the Highway 93 Corridor Study, and Sheila Ludlow, Montana Department of Transportation, met with 30 to 40 community members for the third in a series of informational meetings on the study. The public meeting was held on June 29 at the Polson High School Auditori...


St. Ignatius one-car rollover injures four

ST. IGNATIUS — A one-car crash at Hillside Road and Airport Road sent the driver and three passengers to St. Luke’s Community Hospital in Ronan. Reported to Montana Highway Patrol dispatch at about 6:15 p.m., the wreck occurred when the dark blue Chevrolet Impala hit the roadside ditch, rolled an...


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