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Riding to remember, riding for a cure

Leon Wieder’s brown boots brush the golden tops of grass as he rides his horse Mamet along the side of Highway 93 just outside of Missoula. The high afternoon sun beats down on the long sleeves of Wieder’s pink shirt as his white cowboy hat shields his face. Semi-truck trailers and cars fly by at speeds up to 70 miles per hour, as Wieder and Mamet ride beside them at a much slower pace, hoping to make the 18 miles to Gray Wolf Peak Casino in the outskirts of Arlee by early evening. The 20-year-old Arlee resident has ridden more than 600 miles from Beach, North Dakota to Arlee in honor of his aunt, Lynette Moran, 43, who passed away last July 4 after an eight-year battle with ...


Judge blocks portions of new marijuana law

On June 30, Helena District Judge James Reynolds temporarily blocked portions of Montana’s new medical marijuana law that took effect last Friday. Reynolds blocked provisions of the law that made it illegal for medical marijuana suppliers to charge customers and advertise and promote their services....


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...


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...


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