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Ronan bus depreciation process scrutinized

RONAN — Taxpayers will fork out 20 percent less in taxes this year to pay for Ronan School District’s bus depreciation fund than was paid last year, but in an Aug. 11 board meeting Lake County Superintendent of Schools Michelle Wood was still critical of the burden the cost put on the taxpayer.  School board members agreed to reevaluate the district’s bus depreciation methods at a later date.  “I just think it is a lot of money,” Wood said. “… These are permissive levies, so the taxpayers pay them no matter what, and I would just like to understand it a little more.”  The 2014-15 budget calls for more than $500,000 to ...


Charlo district posts impressive test scores

CHARLO – Students in the Charlo School District posted test score passing rates that skyrocketed past levels of other schools across the state and Mission Valley, Superintendent Thom Peck told school board members last week.  He attributed success on the state-administered science College Readi...

Technology updates Arlee school

ARLEE – Technology is changing the way students do their work at Arlee High School. Chromebooks — laptop computers — have arrived to help update the technology system. On a tight budget after board members approved the computerpurchases last month, administrators say there’s still mor...

Mission Valley Animal Shelter celebrates 25 years Mission Valley Animal Shelter celebrates 25 years

POLSON — The non-profit Mission Valley Animal Shelter has thrived on community support for a quarter of a century, and as a thank you, will host a shelter birthday celebration on Aug. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Riverside Park. The MVAS mission is to be “a voice for those who cannot speak” to...

Electric Blues Electric Blues

  Ominous clouds hung in the sky Friday night as Johnny Long stepped up to perform at the 4th annual Flathead Blues Festival on the scenic shore of Flathead Lake.  About halfway through the performance, gusty winds swept through Salish Point and a torrential downpour followed, causing them to...

Summerfest event continues weekend car show, concerts Summerfest event continues weekend car show, concerts

Correction   There were several inaccuracies in the Summerfest story in the Aug. 13 issue of the Valley Journal. Leanor Jaeger Peterson’s late husband was incorrectly identified, her son’s name misspelled and their vehicle entry incorrect. Peterson’s late husband, who was paid ...

Fires burn Flathead Reservation, restrictions kick in

Sunday, Aug. 17 update FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION — The lightning-caused Seepay Fire burning on the Flathead Indian Reservation 20 miles west of Dixon is currently at 1,050 acres, with hot spots primarily on the western flank. Humidity and rain throughout the past three days has s...

Winds fell tree, knock out power Winds fell tree, knock out power

FINLEY POINT — A tree felled by strong winds around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 knocked down a power pole and power lines on South Finley Point Road, causing residents on Finley Point and other points south to Fulkerson to lose power, according to Kerry Wiedrich, engineering manager for Mission V...

Unique vehicles shine on Polson streets

POLSON — Among the new “faces” at the Summerfest car show was a 1937 Coach bus turned into a motorhome and painted Griz colors.  Belonging to Char and Jerry Appel of Lakeside, the motorhome required 4,000 rivets in the new “skin” put on the vehicle, and Char installed th...

Combined efforts result in safe street dance Combined efforts result in safe street dance

RONAN — The annual Pioneer Days Street Dance was a much calmer, safer event this year thanks to the combined efforts of local law enforcement and community volunteers, city officials said last week.  The dance’s future hinged on the outcome of the event, as city officials said they would ...

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