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New law for an old drug

While the Montana Medical Marijuana Act is an easy read, it doesn’t take long to figure out that the issues involved are much more complicated than one might think. After the state legislature passed Initiative 148 in 2004, change came slowly until last fall. The recent boom in Montana’s medical marijuana industry can most likely be attributed to an October 2009 statement by the Obama administration that the federal government would not seek to arrest medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they conform to state laws. Still, under federal law, marijuana is a Schedule I drug, and drug offenders can be prosecuted if caught. The situation is especially confusing on the ...


Polson Commission votes not to buy Meridian building

POLSON — The issue of where to locate the new sewage treatment plant has been simmering in Polson for at least a year. During the April 5 Polson City Commission meeting the commissioners settled one portion of the issue when they voted against purchasing the Meridian building on Kerr Dam Road for use a...


Beauty salon moves four doors down

RONAN — Judy Meeks is moved to tears. She turns away from her hair station in her little salon and faces the women that are getting their nails done.  It’s the last day of work in the old building that housed Town and Country Beauty Salon. The sun is streaming in the windows and the tiny ...


Panel delves into women’s issues

ST. IGNATIUS — Addiction, Social Security and mental health were just some of the topics covered in a panel discussion sponsored by the Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition and focused on women’s issues last Wednesday evening. A panel of six women in various professions discussed some of t...


City, county discuss options for $12 million TIGER grant at informational meeting

POLSON — About 40 people attended the first of many public meetings on the Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery or TIGER Grant held on March 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Linderman gym.  Lake County Commissioners Paddy Trusler and Bill Barron and Polson City Manager Todd Crossett presen...


Charges filed in 2005 murder case

Almost five years after the alleged murder of 73-year-old Harold Mitchell, Jr., in St. Ignatius, police have arrested a Dixon man in connection with the case. Nathan Ross, 21, is charged with one count of deliberate homicide and one count of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, both felonies. ...


Metzger changes plea in homicide case

POLSON — Allen Metzger changed his plea from not guilty to no contest after the deliberate homicide charges were reduced to negligent homicide charges. Metzger was charged with the stabbing of a Ronan man on Aug. 16, 2009, at the Valley Club in Ronan.  He was released on a $25,000 bond in De...


Easter egg-citement

The Easter bunny had lots of helpers around the Mission Valley on Saturday, April 3.  The ladies of the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi cleaned, stuffed and hid close to 5,000 plastic Easter eggs on the beginning-to-green lawns at Boettcher Park. Businesses around Polson donated coupons, cand...


Deputy sheriff visits Daisy Girl Scouts

POLSON — Daisy Girl Scout Troop #3327 got a special treat at its March 25 meeting. The 10 first graders met in the Cherry Valley Library.  After a game of “Mother May I,” the Daisies, all wearing their blue aprons, met Deputy Ryan Funke from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. ...


Naethe leads 3 categories in Mack Days

As if leading the top angler and youth angler wasn’t enough, a Pablo teenager now leads the large fish category too. Stephen Naethe, a two-time Mack Days’ winner, caught a 41.75-inch, 30.4-pound lake trout Sunday to move ahead of Bill Brovold’s 25.8-pound fish caught last week.  ...


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