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Attempted escape from Lake County Jail

News from Sheriff Donald R. Bell POLSON — On April 5, 2024, at around 7 p.m., two inmates in the Lake County Jail assaulted a Lake County detention officer and attempted escape after gaining control of the officer’s keys. The escape was prevented by another detention officer who was able to secure the inmates.  Additional deputies from the Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Polson Police Department responded to quell further disturbances in the jail and lock all inmates down. The offending inmates will not be identified at this time due to ongoing investigation and review for criminal charges by the County Attorney’s Office. This information will be for...

Senate President subpoenas ballot initiative from Secretary of State

News from Lyle Schmauch, Communications & Policy Manager, Senate Republicans,  MT Legislature HELENA — Montana Senate President Jason Ellsworth, R-Hamilton, today issued a subpoena to Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen for Constitutional Initiative 14, the proposed ballot issue to p...

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approves lake level variation U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approves lake level variation

News from Energy Keepers, Inc POLSON — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) approved a request from Energy Keepers, Inc (EKI) to deviate from the Flood Risk Management plan by allowing for a higher spring lake level than usual. Typically, each spring, the water level is taken down to 2883&rsqu...

Democratic legislators host listening session in Pablo

PABLO — Montanans from several communities spoke to Democratic state legislators participating in a listening session at the end of March at Salish Kootenai College. CSKT member and former State Health Director Anna Whiting Sorrell facilitated the meeting and asked legislators to draft a bill to con...

Commerce awards $50,000 Tribal Tourism Grant to Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

 News from the Montana Department of Commerce HELENA — The Montana Department of Commerce announced recently that $50,000 of grant funding has been awarded to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes for repairs and upgrades to The Bison on Flathead Lake. The grant funding is through Comme...

Join free Buttercup Run

ARLEE — Friends of Arlee School, Inc. is teaming up with CSKT Tribal Health to continue the much-loved Buttercup Run. This year will be a transition year as the baton is being passed to CSKT Tribal Health. The timed race will be back in 2025 and it will still benefit the same great cause. The 1-mile, 5...

Tobacco Prevention presentation provided

PABLO — The Johnny Arlee and Victor Charlo Theater on the campus of SKC will be the site of a free presentation for SKC students, staff, and the community. The event takes place on Wednesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. The presenter will be Daniel Amen who will talk about his journey leading up to and followin...

Committee to address judicial overreach

HELENA — Montana Senate President Jason Ellsworth, R-Hamilton, is appointing a new committee to address violations of the state’s constitutional separation of powers by the Montana Supreme Court and judicial branch of government.  The only voting members of the Senate Select Committee on ...

Home destroyed by fire Home destroyed by fire

A home on Eagle Crest Drive was destroyed by fire the afternoon of Sunday, March 31. According to Polson Rural Fire Chief Will Woodger, both homeowners self evacuated with several pets and firefighters were able to rescue two cats. One cat is still missing. Cause of the fire, which started in a garage attach...

Don’t judge, educate: New approah aims to help drug misusers survive Don’t judge, educate: New approah aims to help drug misusers survive

“Every overdose is someone’s child. Don’t judge, educate.” This statement challenges public compassion as well as understanding of addiction.  Tribal Opioid Response Director Kathy Ross intends to spread the message via T-shirts, bumper stickers and posters. Ross currently wor...

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