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One dies in plane crash south of Polson One dies in plane crash south of Polson

UPDATED Dec. 18 11:50 a.m. LAKE COUNTY – Investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to arrive in Lake County this afternoon to determine what caused a deadly plane crash at approximately 4:30 p.m. northwest of Ronan. Pilot Brett Thoft, 33, was killed in the crash. Thoft ran an aviation business in Wasilla, Alaska, but was originally from Lake County. Passenger Tim Schauss of Pablo was critically injured in the incident. He was listed in critical condition at Kalispell Regional Medical Center as of Wednesday morning. Thoft’s body was transported to the State Crime Lab in Missoula per Federal Aviation Administration requirements. ...


Choral Society continues 50-year Christmas tradition Choral Society continues 50-year Christmas tradition

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church was buzzing on Saturday as Mason Niblack and the Mission Valley Choral Society practiced for their annual concert on Sunday, joined by the Flathead Flute Choir and the Polson High School brass ensemble.  Against a background of a tall Christmas tree and a stable for the ...

Grinchy fun abounds in Big Arm Grinchy fun abounds in Big Arm

The Grinch visited the historic Big Arm Schoolhouse on Dec. 13. It was so “Grinch-y” in the building, people could swear they saw a tuft of the Grinch’s acid-green fur disappear around a corner. Kids were invited to decorate a cupcake, already frosted green; string some beads for a neckl...

Trustees discuss absenteeism, quality schools

POLSON — Among the many issues discussed at the Dec. 8 Polson school board meeting was absenteeism in the schools. From Cherry Valley Elementary School’s Everyday on Time to celebrations of perfect and excellent attendance at Linderman, all the principals detailed their efforts at reducing absent...

Arlee considers expanding accreditation

ARLEE — Superintendent George Linthicum is taking extra steps to get Arlee stamped as a highly accredited school. He invited Advanced Ed presenter Dan Sybrant to last week’s board meeting to explain the national accreditation program with the possibility of expanding it into the elementary school...

Ronan speech, debate team successful in Corvallis

  News from Ronan High School CORVALLIS — The Ronan High School Speech and Debate team had a good showing at the Corvallis 2-Day Invitational Tournament the first weekend in December.   Student Jessie Lewis earned eighth place in Serious Oral Interpretation and fifth place in Impromp...

Arlee gets majority in tech levy recount

ARLEE – One vote found in the General Election recount was all it took to put the majority in favor of the Arlee Elementary Technology Levy. “We are waiting on the Secretary of State to finalize the results but as far as we know it passed,” said Francis Ryan, school network administrator...

On and off-reservation interests pull together to support compact

POLSON – A grassroots group consisting of more than 230 farmers and ranchers kicked off a media campaign in support of the proposed Confederated Salish and Kootenai Water Compact last week, just as officials wrapped up negotiations of the document.  Members of the freshly formed Farmers and Ran...

Flathead Joint Board of Control hires lobbyist

ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control on Dec. 9 hired a lobbyist who will represent its interests in the upcoming legislative session, although board members declined to define exactly what those interests are.  Helena-based attorney Abigail St. Lawrence has an extensive background...

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