KRISTI NIEMEYER

Editor

Kristi Niemeyer is editor of the Lake County Leader. She learned her newspaper licks at the Mission Valley News and honed them at the helm of the Ronan Pioneer and, eventually, as co-editor of the Leader until 1993. She later launched and published Lively Times, a statewide arts and entertainment monthly (she still publishes the digital version), and produced and edited State of the Arts for the Montana Arts Council and Heart to Heart for St. Luke Community Healthcare. Reach her at editor@leaderadvertiser.com or 406-883-4343.

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New sculpture graces busy Polson street corner
June 5, 2024 midnight

New sculpture graces busy Polson street corner

With a storm blowing in from the north May 23, Cameron Decker unveiled “Still Life,” an outdoor sculpture that graces the southeast corner of Third Avenue and Main Street in Polson.

Lake County's John Grant leaves a legacy defined by birds, land and water
June 3, 2024 midnight

Lake County's John Grant leaves a legacy defined by birds, land and water

At Leon Hall, just south of Ninepipe, friends, neighbors and colleagues gathered Saturday to celebrate the legacy of retired wildlife-area manager John Grant and his 33-year effort to tend and protect a vast swath of critical wildlife habitat.

Band Tin Finley brings strong melodies to Polson theater performance
April 18, 2024 midnight

Band Tin Finley brings strong melodies to Polson theater performance

For Polson native Kati O’Toole, the concert April 20 at the Theatre on the Lake in Polson marks a musical homecoming. The Polson High School grad joins another alum, bassist Eric Hogenson, and friends and bandmates Annette Strean and Kirk Cornelius in Tin Finley – a band named after Nashville’s famed Tin Angel restaurant (where three of the four members either met or worked) and inspired by the quartet’s Montana roots.

John Mercer applies to fill judicial vacancy
April 17, 2024 midnight

John Mercer applies to fill judicial vacancy

Longtime Polson attorney and former state legislator and Speaker of the House John Mercer has applied to fill the remaining office term of former District Court Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher, who resigned from the bench effective April 5.

Judge Christopher announces resignation, effective April 5
March 22, 2024 midnight

Judge Christopher announces resignation, effective April 5

In a letter dated March 15, District Court Judge Kim Christopher informed Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath that she is officially stepping down from her duties April 5. She calls the decision to resign “especially bittersweet,” given her family’s long history in Lake and Sanders counties.

Lake County officials look for answers on Public Law 28 withdrawal from U.S. Attorney
March 14, 2024 midnight

Lake County officials look for answers on Public Law 28 withdrawal from U.S. Attorney

Frustration seemed to be the tenor this week at the Lake County Courthouse as public officials contemplate their withdrawal from Public Law 280, which has given the county felony jurisdiction over tribal members on the Flathead Reservation for nearly 60 years.

Gianforte addresses Lake County's withdrawal from Public Law 280
March 7, 2024 midnight

Gianforte addresses Lake County's withdrawal from Public Law 280

In a long-awaited letter, Gov. Greg Gianforte informed the Lake County Commissioners March 1 that his administration had no intention of allocating “current resources to assist with law enforcement in Lake County” after May 20, when the county officially pulls out of Public Law 280.

February 17, 2024 midnight

Attorney files for embattled judge's seat in 20th Judicial District

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

Jury finds Craig McCrea guilty of two counts of felony arson
February 15, 2024 midnight

Jury finds Craig McCrea guilty of two counts of felony arson

Former firefighter Craig McCrea was found guilty Feb. 8 on two of four counts of arson after a dramatic four-day trial at the Lake County Courthouse.

Lake County jury deliberates on complex arson case
February 8, 2024 1:40 p.m.

Lake County jury deliberates on complex arson case

“In Montana, smoke on the air means a lot of different things to a lot of different people,” Assistant Attorney General Thorin Geist told jurors Monday morning at the Lake County Courthouse. “But in the summer of 2021, that smell meant one thing to the defendant, Craig McCrea. The evidence in this case will show that for Craig McCrea, that smell meant one more fix, one more opportunity to use fentanyl.”

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