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County runs transportation levy

POLSON — A road grader costs an astounding $240,000, and Lake County’s newest grader is a 1996 model. And years of hard work on the county roads is beginning to catch up quickly on the county's road maintenance rigs. To try and deal with aging equipment and the rising cost of parts and supplies, Lake County will have a transportation levy to consider on the June ballot. Lake County Commissioner Paddy Trusler said basically Lake County is at a point where, in order to continue with at least similar maintenance and service, a levy is needed.  “What the levy is intended to do is deal with equipment and the maintenance of hard-surfaced roads,” Trusler expla...


Charlo community pitches in for new fire hall

CHARLO — The Charlo-Moiese Volunteer Fire Department is in no mood to play with fire.  In fact, the department plans to continue keeping fires under control with the convenience of a single new fire hall. The new structure will replace three smaller fire halls and will lessen the department&rsq...


New law for an old drug

If you believe what you hear on the street, it takes little more to acquire a medical marijuana registration card than to make any purchase of $150 — the going rate for a doctor's evaluation at a Montana Caregivers Network clinic. And if you don't feel like attending a clinic or convention in person, j...


Council authorizes amended grant application

RONAN — In an advisory vote at a city council meeting on Monday, the Ronan City Council amended and authorized a Treasure State Endowment Program grant application for $500,000. Originally, engineer Shari Johnson presented the grant application to the city council for the amount of $420,000.  ...


Tipping off wardens, biologists key to capturing mountain lions

POLSON — With several mountain lion sightings around Polson this spring, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Wildlife Biologists and Fish and Game Departments said they take every call about a mountain lion sighting seriously.  CSKT Wildlife Biologist Stacy Courville and Pablo “Ch...


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 Undersh...


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...


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