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Two dead in crash off Flathead River cliff

IRVINE FLATS — Two men are dead after the car they were riding in plunged off a 25-foot cliff into the Flathead River early Saturday morning. Joshua Jerome Clairmont, a 23-year-old Missoula resident, and 20-year-old Drew Austin Taylor, also of Missoula, died of apparent drowning, Lake County Undersheriff Jay Doyle said. Driver Shane Steffans, 24, of Missoula, was hospitalized in stable condition Monday at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. According to the Montana Highway Patrol dispatch center, the crash happened around 2 or 3 a.m. Saturday on Buffalo Bridge Lane, a washed-out dirt road along the river near Irvine Flats Road. It appeared that the driver was speeding, did not ap...


Police training conference focuses on domestic violence issues

POLSON — We’ve all seen or heard it at one time or another. Yelling coming from a neighbor’s house, a child’s bruised arm, a woman’s tear-stained face — they may be subtle, but they’re the signs of domestic violence. They make us uncomfortable, but usually not uncomf...


Students celebrate Native American culture

ST. IGNATIUS — Friday afternoon was a special time at the St. Ignatius School, especially for high school Salish and Native American studies teacher Geraldine Felix.  For the past few years, Felix and Aileen Plant, the elementary Native American studies teacher, have organized a social powwow e...


Winds slow down Mack Days anglers

Nearly 12,000 lake trout have been entered through four weekends of the 11-week 2010 Spring Mack Days. Pablo’s Stephen Naethe, 17, has caught 530 of those mackinaw and leads all anglers. Naethe has also caught the largest of the entries, pulling in a monster weighing just more than 30 pounds. Col...


Attitude determines altitude

Polson Tower, this is Delta 7, five miles southwest of the airport, requesting to land,” said the crackly voice of a student pilot. “Delta 7, this is Polson Tower. Fly into the pattern, then report to base,” said Lee Lytton from Polson Tower. “Polson Tower, this is Delta 7 on ba...


Ronan Board expands activities director position

RONAN — In a Ronan School Board meeting last Wednesday, superintendent Andy Holmlund approached the board with plans to make the activities director a full-time position. Currently, there are no Class A activities directors in the state of Montana, but Holmlund insisted that an activity director is ...


Fundraising run, egg hunt big hits in Moiese

MOIESE — High school baseball in Charlo got a big boost last weekend through the inaugural Bison Fun Run and Bunny Hop, a fundraiser for the Charlo Baseball Association. On a cool, beautiful Easter Saturday morning, nearly 200 locals turned out for the event, Easter baskets in tow. The original plan...


Driver, law enforcement spot mountain lion

POLSON — A mountain lion was sighted on Tuesday, March 30, about 11:30 p.m. near the Y junction of Highways 93 and 35 in Polson, according to Polson Police Chief Doug Chase. A person driving on Highway 93 saw the cat cross the highway near DePoe Junction, a building above Safeway near the highway. ...


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 medic...


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...


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