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FAA honors local pilots FAA honors local pilots

BUTTE— The Federal Aviation Administration honored two local pilots with its prestigious “Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award” recently at the Montana Aeronautics Aviation conference in Butte. Glenn Timm of Polson and Mauri Morin of Ronan were recognized for their 50 years of dedicated service to aviation safety. Jeff Vercoe of the Helena Flight Standards office in Helena presented the plaques, adding, “These gentlemen are to be commended for their contribution to the safest aviation system in the world by practicing and promoting safe aircraft operations for 50 consecutive years.” Timm’s first flight took place in 1942 when he was a month old. He...

Charlo man still sorting spuds after 50 years Charlo man still sorting spuds after 50 years

PABLO — Harold Kent stands on one side of the conveyor belt loading Fleming Farms potatoes onto a semi-truck, and his nephew, Sam Kent, stands on the other. When Harold guides the conveyor belt out over the waiting truck and pulls the lever, the russet potatoes start rolling. “They (the cre...

Compact hits rough water Compact hits rough water

The passage of the controversial Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, State of Montana and United States water rights compact ran into another snag when Rep. Dan Salomon, R-Ronan, announced Friday he will abandon his bill to pass the water compact in the 2013 Montana State Legislature.  The votes...

Charlo School District fires 5 teachers Charlo School District fires 5 teachers

CHARLO — Two weeks ago, Charlo School District 7J Superintendent Thom Peck received preliminary budget reports from Montana's Office of Public Instruction forecasting nearly $200,000 in budget cuts to the district.  Peck said the cuts came about as a result of declining enrollment, a phenomenon...

Montana sees first wolf population decrease since 2004

HELENA — This year’s wolf hunt saw the largest take in the hunt’s short history. According to a press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the minimum number of wolves in Montana at the end of 2012 was 625 wolves in 147 packs and 37 breeding pairs — a population decrease ...

Grass fire destroys trailer house Grass fire destroys trailer house

CHARLO — Lake County Dispatch called the Charlo Moiese Volunteer Fire Department at about 4:06 p.m. on March 20 to send them to a grass fire threatening a building. By the time firefighters were about halfway to the incident on Ninepipes Lane, dispatch called again to inform them that the building was ...

City seeks ‘design/build’ contractors for trail, pier

POLSON — Polson City Commissioners unanimously approved Resolution No. 1042, an alternative project delivery method of contractor selection for the Riverside Park to Salish Point walkway and the West Pier replacement.  Polson Redevelopment Agency President Ken Avison and Polson City Engineer Sh...

Wildlife officials issue warnings as bears awaken Wildlife officials issue warnings as bears awaken

RONAN — Warming temperatures, blue skies, budding flowers and rapidly greening grass are all surefire signs that spring and outdoor activities are on the way. As farmers and gardeners start planting vegetables and outdoorsmen take to the woods, several wildlife management bureaus are asking resident...

Kidney transplant changes local diabetic’s life Kidney transplant changes local diabetic’s life

When the call came from Virginia Mason Hospital and Medical Center that Miranda Burland had moved from second or third on the kidney/pancreas transplant list to first, she knew not to get too excited. She’d had other calls, telling her she was second or third in line, only to next get the news that ...

FCA fundraiser pits teachers against students FCA fundraiser pits teachers against students

POLSON — Polson High School students challenged teachers and coaches in a volleyball match and a basketball game on March 22, all for a good cause.   The games, silent auction and spaghetti dinner raised money for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a PHS student group. “Local busine...

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