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Town hall addresses drinking problems

PABLO — Weeding out a deeply rooted social problem like underage drinking is no easy task, so at a town hall meeting on the subject Monday evening in Pablo, organizers first went to those who are most affected by the issue: youth.  Several high school students joined a panel of educators, law enforcement officials, tribal leaders, prevention workers and judicial system to discuss how the Flathead Reservation community deals with underage drinking. The young people shared personal experiences and talked about their ideas to combat underage drinking. One young man, who just turned 17, said he has had serious problems with alcohol and already has a DUI. He’s been sober f...

Fleming, Salomon vie for House District 12 seat

In the race for House District 12, both incumbent John Fleming (D) and his Republican opponent Dan Salomon agree that energy, small business development and keeping Montana’s state budget in the black are crucial issues in the next legislative term.  “We are very happy to be in the black ...

Sheriff’s office searches home of ‘Concerned Citizens’ founder

POLSON — The Lake County Sheriff’s Office seized several computers last week from the home of a man who claims to be the sole author of a website accusing the department of corruption. Former Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Leonard was served a search warrant at his Polson home last T...

Bison Range checks up on herd during annual roundup

MOIESE — Despite a cloud of controversy over the recent decision by a federal judge invalidating an annual funding agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the National Bison Range’s annual fall roundup got under way Monday morning.&nbs...

Complaint alleges Doyle illegally influenced voters

Montana Political Practices Commissioner Dennis Unsworth says his office has accepted a complaint alleging that Lake County Sheriff candidate Jay Doyle has illegally influenced voters during his campaign. St. Ignatius resident Ken Scott filed the complaint Sept. 21, saying that Doyle violated a statute, M...

Federal judge’s ruling kicks tribes out of Bison Range

MOIESE — Just days before the annual bison round-up was set to begin at the National Bison Range, a federal judge rescinded an annual funding agreement between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the U.S. Department of the Interior, effectively firing all tribal employees from their jobs at...

Law enforcement suspects retaliation motive in stabbing

RONAN — The Ronan Police Department is investigating an altercation that resulted in a stabbing behind the Gardner Apartments on Main Street in Ronan on Saturday night.  John Allen, 18, of Ronan was involved in the altercation with suspect Jon Lozeau, 22, also of Ronan that ended with a knife w...

Community urges changes to Polson city budget

POLSON — “We have a more than full house,” Mayor Pat DeVries said as she opened the 6:30 p.m. public hearing on amendments to the 2010-2011 budget on Sept. 4. Interested people packed the city commission chambers and the adjoining hall.  All the uproar stemmed from the Sept. 8 meeti...

Righetti discusses backcountry medicine

POLSON — Dr. Michael Righetti spoke to a packed lobby at St. Joseph Medical Center on Sept. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. about backcountry medicine.  Righetti is a horseman, hiker and backpacker so he understands the need for a lightweight, emergency first aid kit.  For a first aid packing list ...

Emergency responders honor Ann Ross

POLSON — “They don’t make Ann Rosses any more,” Steve Stanley, Director of Lake County Office of Emergency Management said.  Stanley was part of the group honoring Ann Ross for her 20 years as a Red Cross volunteer before a Tribal Emergency Response Committee/Local Emergency P...

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