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Go to jail. Go directly to jail. While the directions are easy to follow on a Monopoly board, they just won’t work with the Lake County Jail. In a supply-and-demand detention economy, the demand outweighs the supply with about 1,000 people on a list waiting to serve their time, and a jail with a capacity of 42. The Lake County Jail houses male and female prisoners and serves as a non-overnight holding facility for the occasional juvenile. Prisoners bound for the Department of Corrections or the Montana Prison System also are provided short-term accommodations. “The jail is full 99 percent of the time,” Detention Sergeant Lonnie Erickson said, characterizing it as ...


Mission students roll out holiday donations

ST. IGNATIUS — Never has so much toilet paper been seen at the Mission School. And no, students weren’t vandalizing the halls. St. Ignatius middle-schoolers collected 2,528 rolls of toilet paper last week to donate to local food banks, Orange Acres in Arlee and homeless shelters in Missoula.&n...


Share the Spirit seeks Christmas cash

POLSON — Share the Spirit is desperately in need of cash donations according to director Toni Young. Young said Share the Spirit received more than 1,350 names for children this year, up from last year’s approximately 1,100 children.   The program provides Christmas gifts for Mission Vall...


Festive lights mark season in Arlee

ARLEE — Three years ago, Sally Cordier had a dream that’s evolved into an annual community event in Arlee. “I had a dream that some friends and I were playing rock band in a flatbed truck in a parade,” Cordier explained. It was late fall, and when Cordier told some friends about...


Student’s art featured on tribes’ Christmas card

ARLEE — Errin Bigcrane never thought the President would see her artwork. In fact, when the fourth-grader entered a contest to design the cover of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ 2010 Christmas card, she told her mom, “I’m never gonna win.” Errin wasn’t sat...


Rosenbaum becomes Eagle Scout

CHARLO — Chance Rosenbaum from Scout Troop 1951 built bleachers for the far Charlo baseball field for his Eagle Scout Project. He had his Board of Review last week; his project was accepted so he is an official Eagle Scout. Rosenbaum, 17 and a senior at Charlo High School, welded the frame in his sc...


Local nonprofit opens transitional housing

For the first time in Lake County, free temporary housing is available to those in need through SAFE Harbor, a local nonprofit organization that primarily provides advocacy, counseling and legal support for victims of domestic violence. “SAFE Harbor’s umbrella is bigger now,” director of...


Polson speech places in sweeps

POLSON — Polson High School’s Speech Debate and Drama team traveled to Whitefish for a meet on Dec. 11. The PHS drama competitors placed third, and the speech students earned second place in sweepstakes, or team scores.  Policy Debaters Kelsey Koberg and Logan Nutzman first place finish h...


Ronan finishes 2nd at Corvallis

CORVALLIS — The Ronan High School Speech and Drama team finished second place in drama with 49 points, three points behind Corvallis and one point ahead of divisional rival, Libby, at the Dec. 3 and 4 Corvallis Invitational. Elsie Bold finished in first place in Pantomime for the third time this sea...


Ronan speech and drama takes 1st at Whitefish Invitational

RONAN – The Ronan High School speech and drama team earned 87 points and a first place team finish at the Whitefish Invitational tournament on Saturday. The team outpaced division rivals Libby, in second place with 60 points, and Polson, in third place with 45 points.  “This was truly a t...


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