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Articles with the Tag: Lake County Search and Rescue

Man dies while swimming in Flathead Lake

FINLEY POINT – Lake County Sheriff Don Bell released the name of a man who died in Flathead Lake on Sunday, Aug. 4. Michael John Chernikoff, 34, of Polson, was riding in a boat when he decided to get out and swim to Bird Island, according to Bell. Chernikoff experienced complications during his swim...

Emergency responders thanked for service Emergency responders thanked for service

POLSON – Lake County-based first responders from various agencies enjoyed a free lunch provided to them during the First Responder Appreciation Lunch on Saturday at the Search and Rescue Building in Polson. “It’s just a little thank you letting everyone know they are appreciated,” ...

Fun with a purpose Fun with a purpose

POLSON – Jacob Todd, 5, wanted to go fishing on Saturday morning, but he ended up going to the Back to School Wellness Fair instead and picked up a catch of a different kind. “Look at all this,” he said opening the backpack he received at the event. He had a coloring book from the Polson...

Officers make arrest after retrieving disorderly man from lake

POLSON – It wasn’t hot weather that sent a Polson Police Officer and a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy out for a swim in Flathead Lake on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Law enforcement responded to a complaint of an intoxicated and disorderly male at the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino on U.S. Hwy. 93 in t...

Teen dies in Mud Falls hiking accident

News from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office POLSON – Cameron Roullier, 18, of Polson, slipped and fell off of Mud Lake Falls and died from his injuries at the scene.  Lake County 911 Center received a call about 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, that a member of the group hiking in the M...

Body of missing man found below dam observation lookout

POLSON – The body of 26-year-old Kyle Butterhof of Polson was located yesterday by Two Bear Air on the cliffside below the SKQ Dam observation lookout. A search for Butterhof had been underway following a missing person/welfare check request called in by a family member on Friday, Feb. 23. According to...

SAR to form swiftwater rescue team SAR to form swiftwater rescue team

POLSON – The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has had a dive team for a number of years, but a group of search and rescue volunteers are trying to start a swiftwater rescue team.  Steve Bowman, Gabe Ouellette and Rick Reeves completed two days of training in May on Swan Lake with Swan Mission...

Town celebrates Good Old Days weekend Town celebrates Good Old Days weekend

ST. IGNATIUS – Besides the climbing wall, another new event was at the Good Old Days celebration this year.  A crowd watched as emergency responders from across Lake County gathered together to stage a mock rescue. Mission Valley Ambulance Auxiliary Vice President Jade Michel said emergency res...

SAR fundraises, pulls participant from mud SAR fundraises, pulls participant from mud

BUFFALO BRIDGE – Lake County Search and Rescue invited the public out for an afternoon of fun on Saturday during the Third Annual Poker Run fundraiser. About 42 LCSAR team members from around Lake County are involved with the all-volunteer service group that works to find people in emergency situati...

Search continues for Nebraska man who fell into Flathead River Search continues for Nebraska man who fell into Flathead River

By Karen Peterson  Valley Journal FLATHEAD RIVER – Lake County Search and Rescue brought in underwater cameras to search for a 23-year-old Nebraska man who fell into the Flathead River below the spill way of the Selis Ksanka Qlipse dam on Wednesday, May 31.  Lake County Sheriff Don B...


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