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Shiver in the River lands in a pool
February 22, 2024 midnight

Shiver in the River lands in a pool

Thirty-five intrepid souls leaped off the dock at Riverside Park in Polson Saturday during Shiver in the River, the annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Montana. But this year, instead of plunging into the frigid Flathead River, they landed in an ice-infused swimming pool.

Ryan Busse introduces running mate at SKC
February 22, 2024 midnight

Ryan Busse introduces running mate at SKC

Salish Kootenai College was the first stop in gubernatorial candidate Ryan Busse’s swing through Montana this week to introduce his running mate, Helena attorney Raph Graybill.

February 16, 2024 midnight

Bad roads contribute to double fatality

Snow and icy roads contributed to a fatal collision on Highway 93 Thursday evening that killed 80-year-old Ila Griffin, and her passenger, 7-year-old Kathryn Griffin, of Ronan.

"Aghast" foils Spelling Bee contestant
February 15, 2024 midnight

"Aghast" foils Spelling Bee contestant

St. Ignatius fourth grader Kysen Incashola almost won the Lake County Spelling Bee until he fumbled “aghast,” after precisely spelling “milligram.” The faux pas landed him back in the competition, which was ultimately won by Charlo fifth grader Apollonia Hall, who correctly spelled “cupidity” and “methane.”

Jury finds Craig McCrea guilty of igniting Boulder 2700 fire
February 15, 2024 midnight

Jury finds Craig McCrea guilty of igniting Boulder 2700 fire

Former firefighter Craig McCrea was found guilty last Thursday on two of four counts of arson after a dramatic four-day trial at the Lake County Courthouse.

February 15, 2024 midnight

Attorney files for embattled judge's seat

Local attorney Britt Cotter filed last week for the District Court seat currently held by embattled Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher.

Hospital directors say Medicaid expansion crucial to Lake County
February 8, 2024 midnight

Hospital directors say Medicaid expansion crucial to Lake County

Two hospital administrators and the former head of the state Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) sat in on a Democratic Party-sponsored listening tour Jan. 25 at the senior center in Ronan. At the top of their list of concerns was whether the 2025 Legislature was likely to support reauthorization of Medicaid expansion.

Jury finds Craig McCrea guilty of two counts of felony arson
February 8, 2024 midnight

Jury finds Craig McCrea guilty of two counts of felony arson

During opening statements in the trial against accused arsonist Craig McCrea, Assistant Attorney General Thorin Geist told jurors what to expect from the prosecution as the trial unfolded this week at the Lake County Courthouse. After three days of testimony, they began deliberations around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, and emerged five hours later with a verdict of guilty on two of four charges of arson.

Duck Boat Dynasty: Middle schoolers build inventive cardboard crafts
February 1, 2024 midnight

Duck Boat Dynasty: Middle schoolers build inventive cardboard crafts

A flotilla of cardboard boats, held together with duct tape and ingenuity, churned across the Mission Valley Aquatic Center pool last Wednesday and Thursday, each with its own Polson Middle School rowing crew.

Trial begins Friday for accused arsonist Craig McCrea
February 1, 2024 midnight

Trial begins Friday for accused arsonist Craig McCrea

A jury trial for accused arsonist Craig Allen McCrea begins Friday with jury selection at the Ronan Community Center. The trial begins Monday at the Lake County Courthouse with opening statements. McCrea is accused of intentionally igniting the devastating Boulder 2700 fire in August 2021, and two smaller fires the month prior.

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