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Governor confident compact will pass Governor confident compact will pass

Governor Steve Bullock predicted the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Water Compact will pass the legislative session after a more intense fight in the House of Representatives than was seen in the Montana Senate in February.  Bullock spoke with tribal councilmembers Friday in Pablo about the compact and other legislative issues. The compact, which will cost $55 million and settle all water claims for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes if passed, has been one of the most contentious pieces of legislation this session. The compact was reworked after a previous agreement failed in the 2013 legislative session. It is the result of more than a decade of negotiation between t...

Shot down budget amendments included early education

By Michael Wright Community News Service,UM School of Journalism HELENA — The statewide budget is headed to the Senate after House Republicans shot down a pile of amendments from Democrats, and in a form the governor called “irresponsible” and said he would veto. “I will not ...

Ronan City Council makes offer on lots, mulls water compact resolution Ronan City Council makes offer on lots, mulls water compact resolution

RONAN – Ronan City Council unanimously voted to make a $40,000 offer on three lots adjacent to Bockman Park on March 17.  “The lots are directly behind the liquor store and they go down against the memorial, and the corner of one is actually in the middle of the creek,” Public Works...

Access Montana back online after cyber attack

RONAN — More than 3,000 Access Montana data customers were left with disruptions in Internet and television over the weekend because of a cyber attack.  According to company CEO Jay Preston, the attack began late Thursday evening and was finally resolved on Monday at around 3 a.m. During that t...

All-purpose cocoa All-purpose cocoa

Three-year-old Shy Thomas stood on her tiptoes and squinted at the pile of halved chocolate-truffles sitting at the back of the table, trying to decide which of the impeccably swirled and dipped treats best suited her fancy before picking one up with an excited exclamation of “yum!”  The ...

The Nest earns grant from Montana Community Foundation The Nest earns grant from Montana Community Foundation

ST. IGNATIUS — The check was supposed to be for $100,000. But when it was presented to Jenifer Blumberg, executive director of The Nest, the board of directors and advisors, the amount line read $325,000. They were gobsmacked. “Are you serious?” Blumberg asked.  Then there wer...

Music budget gets a boost Music budget gets a boost

ARLEE – Music develops the mind. “It helps you focus and learn to be patient and disciplined,” said Chase Wiley, junior in the Arlee High School Band. Chase started playing music in the fifth grade with the school’s music program. The skills he learned are interchangeable with o...

Principal promoted to superintendent

CHARLO – There was little discussion March 17 as the Charlo School Board voted to hire principal Steve Love as superintendent.  Per the contract, Love will have to obtain the proper education endorsements within the next two years. The district will reimburse Love for up to $5,000 of the cost o...

YES program expands YES program expands

The Youth Education for Success program, better known as the YES program, started up last year within the Arlee High School to help students  earn diplomas, and the program is expanding to help more students, including teen parents. “The best situation for a student is in the traditional classr...


ST. IGNATIUS — This year’s Trash and Treasure Event will benefit the St. Ignatius Senior Citizens Center. The event, will take place on Saturday, April 11, in the St. Ignatius Community Center. Local vendors, individuals and nonprofit organizations will offer a wide variety of items for sale. The...


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