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Repeat offender pleads guilty to stealing camper

A Lincoln County man recently pleaded guilty to stealing a camper in the Eureka area two years ago. Luke Deloy Hansen, 39, entered his plea on June 20 on a felony theft charge in front of Lincoln County District Judge Matt Cuffe. Hansen’s sentencing date is scheduled for Aug. 8. He remains locked up in the Lincoln County Detention Center. Theft carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in the Montana State Prison.
LINCOLN COUNTY, MT
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Daughter of Oath Keepers Founder Organizing Pro-Choice Rally

MISSOULA, Montana—A remote stretch in the northwest part of this state may seem an unlikely spot for a pro-choice rally on Independence Day weekend. The small town of Eureka, population roughly 1,400, is home to over a dozen churches, voted 73 percent for Donald Trump in 2020, and hosted a trucker protest of hundreds earlier this year at the Canadian border crossing 10 miles away.
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Authorities looking for Eureka man accused of killing his father

Authorities are seeking a man from Eureka who is accused of killing his father in the Thirsty Lake Road area on May 30. Joshua Joseph Sauls, 23, has been charged with deliberate homicide in the shooting death of John Lewis Sauls. According to the affidavit of probable cause filed on June 21 in Lincoln County Justice Court, efforts by law enforcement to locate and interview Joshua Souls have been unsuccessful. Law officers wrote that “he appears to have left the area shortly after the shooting and according to family members may be hiding with friends in a neighboring county.” The Lincoln County Sheriff’s...
EUREKA, MT
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Authorities seek Eureka man accused of killing father

Law enforcement officials are seeking a man from Eureka who is accused of killing his father in the Thirsty Lake Road area on Monday, May 30. Joshua Joseph Sauls, 23, has been charged with deliberate homicide in the shooting death of John Lewis Sauls. According to the affidavit of probable cause filed on June 21 in Lincoln County Justice Court, efforts by law enforcement to locate and interview Joshua Sauls have been unsuccessful. Law officers wrote in the charging document that “he appears to have left the area shortly after the shooting and according to family members may be hiding with friends...
EUREKA, MT

Lake Koocanusa

Lake Koocanusa is a reservoir constructed by the damming of the Kootenay River by the Libby Dam between British Columbia, Canada, and Montana, United States. It is located near the border between the two countries, closer to the north-western part of Montana. It is a 144-km long artificial reservoir and is a popular destination for fishing, swimming, boating, kayaking, and much more. In 1975, the Libby Dam, built as a joint project of the US and Canada, was formally dedicated by the US President at the time, President Gerald Ford. Since then, Lake Koocanusa has provided hydroelectric power for the citizens of the US and Canada.
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Eureka man headed to state prison for sex offense

A Eureka man caught on an audio recording trying to badger an underage relative into having sex with him will spend the next decade behind bars. John Kendall Ellis, 35, received a 20-year sentence to the Montana State Prison, with 10 suspended, from 19th District Court Judge Matt Cuffe on Monday. Ellis pleaded guilty to a single count of solicitation to incest on Feb. 14. Along with solicitation to incest, Ellis initially faced a charge of sexual assault or incest, alternatively. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop the latter charge. They also dismissed a second case against Ellis, one...
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Stillwater State Forest access update

The Stillwater Unit will be removing the road closure off the 900/Mount Marston Road accessed from Stryker, MT. The Upper Whitefish Road is open to the 2-mile intersection with Stryker Face Road but will remain closed past this point until an alternate route past the 7-mile slide can be determined. The Lower Whitefish Road is expected to be opened by Friday, June 24th or as soon as repairs to the road can be completed. The Upper Whitefish Lake Campground and access to Werner Peak Lookout remain closed at this time. Please remember that annual spring bear closures remain in effect on some roads until July 1st. Updates will be posted as conditions change. Please direct all inquiries to the Stillwater Unit main office at 406-881-2371.
WHITEFISH, MT

Letters to the editor June 19

A call to be more chill I’ve read a lot of letters in the Inter Lake supporting various candidates. A theme on May 23 was for candidates who “reject” certain “agendas.” We hear a lot these days about “agendas,” but usually the groups with agendas are labeled by not-themselves. Aided by news media and social media, people have been isolating themselves into “echo chambers,” believing there are scary “other” groups out there with scary agendas. I’m not going to claim that there are no fringe groups with problematic agendas, but it’s important to remember that the nature of fringes is that their populations...
KALISPELL, MT

Two Lincoln County men plead not guilty to burglary charges

Two Eureka men pleaded not guilty to felony burglary on June 6 in the Montana 19th Judicial District Court. Colin C. Wolf, 24, and Vaughn Grier Rouse, 25, of Rexford, are accused of stealing guns and fishing rods, an inflatable raft and an outboard motor from a home located on Berger Lane, north of Eureka on March 9. Rouse is also facing a felony charge for the alleged possession of methamphetamine. According to the charging document in the burglary case, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Bobbie Noel investigated the scene and lifted fingerprints from the inside of a window on the house which...
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Lincoln County woman charged with embezzlement

A Lincoln County woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from her employer. Emily Lynn Carvey, 21, entered a not guilty plea to one felony count of theft by embezzlement on June 6 in the Montana 19th Judicial District Court. Carvey is accused of stealing more than $7,500 from a coffee shop where she worked at in Eureka. According to court documents, the owners of the business reported the missing money to Eureka Police Officer Grigori Neils. They said the money was taken in a five-month period between Dec. 31, 2021, to April 20, 2022. The business owners said they had...
LINCOLN COUNTY, MT

Benjamin N. Proodian, 79

Benjamin N. Proodian, 79, of Eureka, passed away May 27, 2022, at the Montana Veterans Home in Columbia Falls. He was born Jan. 27, 1943, in ALX, France, to Samuel Proodian and Margaret Proodian (Kelendairy). Ben was a member of the United States Air Force. He loved eating and dining out. His favorite restaurant was Applebee’s. Ben worked as a computer analyst for Hugh & Packer. He loved fishing for perch and northern. Ben also enjoyed playing pool. He was a manager of the VFW Canteen in Eureka and loved classic rock, country, rock ’n’ roll and Western music. Ben is survived by brother, Joseph; niece, Michelle; good friend, Melody Casey; and very close friend, A.G. Casey Jr. In addition to his parents, Ben was preceded in death by two sisters. Services for Benjamin N. Proodian will be held privately at the convenience of the family.
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Man found deceased with multiple gunshot wounds south of Eureka

EUREKA, Mont. - A man was found deceased in the area of Thirsty Lake Road, south of Eureka Tuesday. According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Eureka Area Dispatch received a report of the deceased man around 6:24 pm on May 31. Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives responded to...
EUREKA, MT

Body of apparent homicide victim found near Eureka

Authorities in Lincoln County are investigating an apparent homicide after a body was discovered south of Eureka on Tuesday. Deputies and detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Thirsty Lake Road area about 6:24 p.m., May 31. There, they found the body of a dead man who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, according to a press release. Authorities released few other details about the discovery, saying only that detectives had processed the scene and were working on identifying suspects. The investigation remains ongoing, officials said.
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Investigation ongoing after body found south of Eureka

MISSOULA, Mont. — A man was found dead with multiple gun shot wounds in the area of Thirsty Lake Road, south of Eureka, according to Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. Lincoln County sheriff's deputies and detectives were dispatched to the Thirsty Lake Road area after a report that a body was found.
EUREKA, MT

Body of apparent homicide victim discovered south of Eureka

Authorities in Lincoln County are investigating an apparent homicide after a body was discovered south of Eureka on Tuesday. Deputies and detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Thirsty Lake Road area about 6:24 p.m., May 31. There, they found the body of a dead man who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, according to a press release. Authorities released few other details about the discovery, saying only that detectives had processed the scene and were working on identifying suspects. The investigation remains ongoing, officials said.
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