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Bison Range staffing remains unresolved

MOEISE — The dust has settled after the annual bison roundup, but that’s about all that’s settled at the National Bison Range after a federal judge threw out a funding agreement between the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.  The Sept. 28 ruling by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly cost 13 CSKT employees their jobs at the Bison Range, where they filled two-thirds of staff positions, including a deputy refuge manager, wildlife biologists and maintenance personnel. And the decision came just six days before the roundup, an annual checkup of the Range’s 400 bison, was scheduled to begin.  But what co...

Arlee man dies while driving

ARLEE — An Arlee man died while driving on U.S. Highway 93 near Arlee Friday morning, according to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Eli Wolfe. Michael Harold Squeque Finley, 60, was traveling north around mile marker 14 on Hwy. 93 near Arlee when, according to Missoula County Sheriff’s Capt. Greg H...

Ronan hosts political candidates at forum

RONAN — At the Citizens Acting for Liberty Political Candidate Forum on Oct. 12, questions ranging from the U.S. and Montana’s Constitution to property tax reduction were presented to an array of political candidates.  All three Lake County sheriff’s candidates were asked about thei...

Charlo pumps up school spirit during homecoming week

CHARLO — The Charlo Vikings “focused on victory” last week, sporting purple and plenty of excitement going into the Lady Vikings’ homecoming volleyball game and the Vikings vs. Prospectors Friday night matchup. And their enthusiasm paid off as the girls swept Arlee in three sets Thurs...

Group publishes 'dream book' on Lake County schools

POLSON — “Lake County School History, Volume 1” has been a labor of love as will Volume 2. The book has required the hard work of many people and lots of time. Joyce Decker Wegner, who was the Lake County superintendent of schools for many years, is one of the co-authors and tireless worker...

Senator hears concerns on Indian Country roads

POLSON — It’s no revelation to residents of the Flathead Reservation that the roads need improvement, and according to panelists at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Indian reservations across the country are facing similar or worse problems with their roads and bridges.  ...

Afternoons are for art

Eight pairs of eyes watched and eight pairs of ears listened to Edna Lemm as she explained the watercolor landscape the 9-to-14-year-old students would be painting on Oct. 14. Lemm, a local artist who teaches art classes for the after-school crowd, equipped each student with watercolor paper taped to a bo...

Parents share concerns with school board

POLSON — Suzanne Gyzeny and Tomi Todaro spoke to the Polson School Board of Trustees at the monthly meeting Oct. 11.  Gyzeny and Todaro are the mothers of two seventh-grade girls who were involved in a Sept. 16 playground incident where another student allegedly threatened them with a gun. The ...

Local author provides tips on how to ‘bite back’ when facing personal vampires

POLSON — “A vampire can’t just walk into your house and start sucking your blood. First, it has to be invited,” Claudia Cunningham read to a packed house at Page by Page Books on Sept. 17. Cunningham is the author of “Biting Back, A No-Nonsense, {No-Garlic} Guide to Facing the P...

Convicted sex offender sentenced Wednesday

POLSON — On Wednesday, District Judge C.B McNeil sentenced a convicted Tier II sex offender to 100 years in Montana Sate Prison with 50 years suspended, after the defendant was convicted of sexual assault and sexual intercourse without consent in May.  According to the affidavit, Wesley William...

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