Polson, MT

Wildcats let one get away from rival Polson

Hungry Horse News The Columbia Falls football team let one slip away last week, as they lost to conference foe Polson at home, 32-31. The Wildcats had leads of 24-7 and 31-20 respectively. The 24-7 lead came with a little more than 4 minutes left in the third. But the Pirates responded with 19 points in the fourth quarter, including two touchdowns in the span of a minute, which brought the Pirates to 24-20. The Cats would respond with a touchdown when quarterback Cody Schweikert connected with Jace Hill to make it 31-20 with 9:34 left in the game. But Polson’s Jarrett Wilson hit his...

State candidates queried at Polson forum

A legislative forum, jointly sponsored by the local Republican and Democratic parties, attracted five candidates and around 60 voters to the Montecahto Club near Finley Point Monday night. Tom Spencer, who teaches U.S. Government at Polson High School, moderated the event, asking candidates to answer five prepared questions plus a handful from audience members. Attendees included House District 93 incumbent Joe Read (R) and challenger Shirley Azzopardi (D), both of Ronan; Ralph Foster of St. Ignatius (R), who hopes to wrest representation of HD15 from incumbent Marvin Weatherwax Jr.; Susan Webber of Browning (D), who represents Senate District 8, and faces...
Whitefish Pilot

New charge filed against man linked to Whitefish shooting last May

Prosecutors have filed an additional charge against a Rollins man accused of firing a gun in downtown Whitefish in May, allegedly connecting him to two other incidents involving gunfire that same night. Wilson Dane Huyser, 33, initially was brought up on a felony criminal endangerment charge following the May 14...

Girls lose to Bulldogs, but drop Bigfork, Polson, as play-in looms

Hungry Horse News The Columbia Falls girls soccer team split the bill last week as it lost to Whitefish 2-1, but beat Bigfork at home Saturday, 4-3. Against Whitefish, the Lady Bulldogs had a 2-0 lead, but the Wildcats made it very interesting down the stretch as Hope McAtee scored on a penalty kick just outside the box after teammate Josie Harris was fouled, her jersey nearly stretched off her body by the Whitefish defender. The Cats then had a flurry of shots in the closing minutes but just couldn’t find the back of the net to tie it up. Against Bigfork, the Valkyries...

The Year of the Dog debuts in Montana

The independent feature film, The Year of the Dog, debuted Sept. 30 to an enthusiastic audience at Showboat Cinemas in Polson and will be screened at nine theaters across the state in October. The Montana-based producers of the film, in partnership with the Polson-based film distribution company, Nova Vento Entertainment,...

Forest, Holland Lake ski corp admit mistakes in public grilling

CONDON — Officials from the Flathead National Forest and a Utah ski corporation vying to expand Holland Lake Lodge admitted on Tuesday that each had erred in how the expansion has been presented. But, at a tense two-hour public meeting in Condon, the officials defended the overall public process...

New food truck brings Asian cuisines and fusion dishes to downtown Bigfork

Isling Chow owners Issac Incoronato and Nora Batiz have a deep love for many different kinds of Asian cuisines. The couple is keeping customers coming back for their extensive menu and convenient location, but they have dreams to incorporate more foods from cultures all over the world in their restaurant on wheels. Since running The Village Roost restaurant together in downtown Bigfork several years ago, Incoronato and Batiz have started a family. They now own The Roost Lodge in Somers and have been working on building out their commercial kitchen in order to facilitate this dream, which Incoronato said has...

Prep Sports Calendar

Thursday, OCT. 6 Boys Soccer Polson at Whitefish, 3 p.m. Girls Soccer Polson at Whitefish, 5 p.m. Volleyball Ronan at Polson, 7 p.m.; Superior at Charlo at,7 p.m.; Arlee at Anaconda, 5:30 p.m.; Eureka at Mission, 7 p.m. Friday, OCT. 7 Football Charlo at Superior, 7 p.m.; Arlee at Troy, 7 p.m.; Mission at Darby, 7 p.m.; Ronan at Hamilton, 7 p.m. Saturday, OCT. 8 Volleyball Arlee at Bigfork, 2:30 p.m.; Hot Springs at Charlo, 7 p.m.; Troy at Mission, 1:30 p.m. Cross Country Mission, Ronan, Polson, Charlo and Arlee at Mission Shadow Classic, 12 p.m. Wednesday, OCT. 12 Cross Country Arlee, Mission @ Western B/C Invite, Thompson Falls, 1 p.m. Thursday, OCT. 13 Volleyball Arlee at Deer Lodge, 7 p.m.; Charlo at St. Regis, 7 p.m.; Thompson Falls at Mission, 7 p.m. Friday, OCT. 14 Football Valley Christian at Arlee, 7 p.m.; Charlo at Plains, 7 p.m.; Ronan at Corvallis, 7 p.m.; Browning at Polson, 7 p.m. Volleyball Ronan, Polson @ Blocktober Tourney, Butte, TBA Saturday, OCT. 15 Volleyball Ronan, Polson @ Blocktober Tourney, Butte, TBA; Noxon at Charlo, 7 p.m.; Arlee at Troy, 2:30 p.m.; Plains at Mission, 4 p.m. Cross Country Ronan, Polson at Western Classic, Browning, 12 p.m.

CSKT Division of Fire to conduct prescribed burns

With the summer wildfire season winding down, firefighting crews and leadership from the CSKT Division of Fire will shift their focus to prescribed burning operations this month. Pending favorable conditions, prescribed burn operations could take place as soon as next week, according to Division of Fire officials. 251 acres of broadcast and understory burns are planned at St. Mary’s 4 miles southeast of St. Ignatius, and 292 acres of understory burns are planned at Dog Lake 5 miles southwest of Hot Springs. Pile burning is planned at 17 areas across 7,169 acres. Prescribed burning operations will only be conducted if conditions are favorable. Favorable...

New Opening Date Set For Old Gardiner Road in Yellowstone

Historic flooding earlier this year resulted in limited access to many areas of Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone National Park has been working with the Federal Highway Administration throughout the summer to restore access from Gardiner, MT to Mammoth Hot Springs via Old Gardiner Road. According to a press release from...

Bulldogs cruise to victory over Chiefs

A massive 28-point second quarter gave the Whitefish Bulldogs a clear advantage over Ronan in a Class A football game on Friday night. The Dogs kept on sailing through the last half of the game to take a commanding 43-13 win over the Chiefs. Bulldog head coach Brett Bollweg was pleased with the effort. “As a team, we thought we played well,” Bollweg said. “Took us a little bit to get going in the first quarter and that’s a credit to Ronan, they did a nice job of moving the ball on us on their first drive and then our kids settled...

Boys drop Bulldogs, clinch conference crown

Hungry Horse News The Columbia Falls boys soccer team left no doubt as to who the top team in the North is, as they dropped Whitefish 3-1 last Thursday for homecoming and then topped Bigfork Saturday, 9-0. The wins secure the North Conference crown for the Wildcats — the first since 2017. The Cats are now 11-0 on the year.They beat Polson at home Tuesday, 8-0. Against the Bulldogs, southpaw Kai Golan befuddled the Bulldogs’ defense with great footwork that resulted in two quick goals at the 3 and 11 minute mark in the first half. On one, the Bulldog goalie came out to...

Ferndale author celebrates launch of new mystery “Blind Faith” at BACC

Ferndale author Leslie Budewitz is releasing her second novel under the pen name Alicia Beckman and is pulling back the curtain on her creative process at an upcoming book launch event. Budewitz loves to draw inspiration from places she’s lived and her new book titled “Blind Faith” takes place near where she grew up in Billings. Other parts of the book take place near Red Lodge, the prison in Deer Lodge and parts of Oregon. She said a memory from her childhood sparked the plot for “Blind Faith” when she remembered giving the new girl at school a ride home. “It...

Hot Springs gets volleyball win a Noxon

It was a mixed bag for the Hot Springs volleyball team this past weekend as they split a pair of home games in Western 14C conference play. Hot Springs opened their week with a tough contest against rival St. Regis, a match that would go the full five sets before a victor emerged. And that victory, unfortunately for the home fans, was the Lady Tigers from St. Regis, who cruised into town in second place in the conference with a 3-2 record. When the dust and popcorn settled, the Tigers escaped with a tense, hard-fought 3-2 match road victory. Hot Springs looked good in...

Lady Loggers volleyball falls to Polson

The Libby Lady Loggers volleyball team dropped a match to Polson on Saturday. Polson won in three sets, 25-11, 25-15 and 25-13. Macey Halvorsen had three of four Libby aces. Ashley Freese led in kills with three and Molly Gotham had two. Elaina Covington had four assists and Rachel Costers had three. Kinzee Boehmler led the Lady Loggers with six digs and Addy Gilden-Vincent had five. In the junior varsity match, Polson won in three sets, 25-11, 25-9 and 15-8. In the froshmore match, Polson won 25-10, 25-23 and 15-13.

Lady Pirate golfers state champs

HAMILTON – The Polson Lady Pirates girls golf program added another team title to its already overflowing 2022 season trophy case. The Lady Pirates used dominating team golf at Hamilton Golf Club to seize the Class A state team championship, the fifth state title in school history and first since 2013, thanks to a two-day score of 753. The Lady Pirates in Friday’s opening round collectively carded a 379, then shot a 374 on Saturday to finish ahead of state runner-up Hamilton (773) and third place Frenchtown (788). "They've had a great year and to win by 20 is pretty spectacular,”...

“Feed the Need” concert to benefit Flathead Food Bank and Samaritan House

A benefit concert for the Flathead Food Bank and Samaritan House will take place at the Jewel Basin Center in Bigfork on Oct. 13. According to a release from Big Sky Public Relations, the Flathead Food Bank and Samaritan House face significant challenges this season after costs of rising inflation. At the center is an anticipated increase of as much as 40 % in food costs complicated by a swelling number of area residents experiencing food insecurity. In response, area businesses are teaming up to raise funds and help offset this steep increase in food costs through a benefit concert...

Fall prescribed burns planned around northwest Montana

The Flathead National Forest is planning to conduct fall prescribed fire projects when weather, fuel conditions, and air quality become favorable. Smoke will be visible from various places in the Flathead Valley depending on the location of the burn units and weather conditions. Each project follows a prescribed fire burn plan. The prescribed fire projects are located and designed to be controlled to reduce the potential for adverse effects, or to escape as a wildland fire. These projects will follow Montana air quality standards and coordinate with Montana State Department of Environmental Quality to reduce the impacts of smoke to our...