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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.”

Montana Supreme Court removes Lake County judge from child-custody case
January 12, 2024 midnight

Montana Supreme Court removes Lake County judge from child-custody case

In a 5-0 opinion, the Montana Supreme Court took what justices describe as “an extraordinary remedy” of asserting “supervisory control” over a Lake County child-custody case.

Resurrection: Three Chiefs Cultural Center returns to Pablo
December 28, 2023 midnight

Resurrection: Three Chiefs Cultural Center returns to Pablo

For Marie Torosian, director of Three Chiefs Cultural Center in Pablo, hope rises from ashes. It lives in every moccasin, headdress, beaded bag or vest that survived the arson-caused fire that demolished the People’s Center Sept. 6, 2020.

Founder of Salish Kootenai College remembered for contributions to community
December 22, 2023 midnight

Founder of Salish Kootenai College remembered for contributions to community

Many flags across the Flathead Reservation are flying at half-mast this week in honor of Dr. Joe McDonald, a visionary educator and tribal leader who died last Thursday, Dec. 14. The founder of Salish Kootenai College was 92.

December 9, 2023 midnight

Tribal, Lake County officials plan for life after Public Law 280

“You have my commitment that – no matter what happens going forward – if you call 911, we're coming,” Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said during a crowded recent meeting at the Lake County Courthouse.

Wasps culprits in Pablo well contamination
December 7, 2023 midnight

Wasps culprits in Pablo well contamination

Thirsty wasps, discovered in the electrical boxes of two wells in Pablo, are blamed for an e. coli contamination that forced residents and businesses to boil water and consume bottled water for two weeks.

Lake County reaches settlement in jail lawsuit
November 30, 2023 midnight

Lake County reaches settlement in jail lawsuit

Agreement promises more beds, outdoor recreation space

The federal court in Missoula gave final approval Nov. 21 to a settlement between the inmates of Lake County Jail and jail administrators.

November 24, 2023 midnight

Lake County initiates withdrawal from law enforcement agreement

The Lake County Board of Commissioners sent a certified letter to Gov. Greg Gianforte on Monday, formally announcing their intention to withdraw from Public Law 280, the nearly 60-year-old agreement that gives the state jurisdiction over felonies committed by tribal members on the reservation.

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