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Articles with the Tag: Woods Bay

Swindler given credit for time served in theft case

A man who was found guilty of stealing a dump truck from the Woods Bay area was committed to the Montana Department of Corrections for four years with all that time suspended.  Judge James Manley handed down the sentence in Polson on July 8. Manley gave Michael Austin Swindler, 30, credit for sixty-s...

High-speed chase ends with shooting, death of murder suspect High-speed chase ends with shooting, death of murder suspect

WOODS BAY — Lake County Sheriff Don Bell reported that U.S. Highway 35 was closed on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 9, to through traffic on both sides of mile marker 26.  The highway was closed to allow state officials time to investigate the scene where a shooting occurred. The incident began...

Swindler awaits sentencing after guilty plea

A Woods Bay man entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on March 11 to felony theft. Michael Austin Swindler, 30, was accused of stealing a dump truck from a storage unit in Woods Bay. According to court records, on Aug. 21, 2018, a man reported his 2009 Chevy Tiltmaster Dump Truck was missin...

Baese sentenced for assault

A Woods Bay man was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Dec. 4 to the Montana State Department of Corrections for five years with no time suspended for solicitation of tampering with witnesses and informants, a felony. He was also sentenced to one year in jail for misdemeanor partner or family member as...

‘Lil’ B.B. King returns to valley ‘Lil’ B.B. King returns to valley

News from Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation WOODS BAY —  New York City’s Cotton Club lead guitarist, “King” Solomon Hicks will perform at four venues around the Flathead Valley in October at the invitation of the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation. Three of the ...

Briefs for May 23, 2018

FWP to meet in Polson News from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks POLSON — The Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife Board will meet Wednesday, May 23, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Polson City Library. Board Chair, Pelah Hoyt, invites all interested persons to attend.  The board is co...

Election filing season begins

POLSON — The election filing season for various local offices has begun.  Lake County elections official Katie Harding said that numerous seats are open on governing boards of 10 fire districts, the Flathead, Jocko and Mission irrigation districts, eight water and sewer districts and the Greate...

Local winemaker excited about this year’s crop Local winemaker excited about this year’s crop

WOODS BAY – To hear Don Goodspeed tell it, this year’s wine grapes are going to be great.  Goodspeed, who owns a vineyard on Flathead Lake 1.5 miles south of Beardance Trail, is excited.  “I’ve never seen a crop this good,” said Goodspeed, who’s been harves...

25 years, counting for local woodcarver 25 years, counting for local woodcarver

WOODS BAY – Todd Coats has been carving images with a chainsaw for 25 years. It all started in 1992 when he was asked to carve a 9-foot bear for a customer. Coats, who was working at his parents’ wood products shop in Kalispell, embarked on the task and never looked back. “I taught...

May 2 election results announced

LAKE COUNTY – The Lake County Election office has collected the ballots for the May 2 mail-in election and posted unofficial results on Wednesday, May 3, for schools, fire departments, irrigation districts, a library, and a public safety mill levy. Official results will be posted after the votes are ca...


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