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Ronan woman killed in head-on wreck

DEER LODGE — Powell County Coroner John Pohle has released the name of a Ronan woman killed in a head-on collision near Garrison last week.  According to Pohle, 57-year-old Ronan resident Patricia Elaine Graves was killed around noon Jan. 8 in a head-on collision on Interstate 90 just west of Garrison.  According to the Montana Highway Patrol and Powell County Prosecutor Lewis Smith, a Ford Explorer driven by 41-year-old Sandpoint, Idaho, resident Christopher M. Kepler was traveling westbound on I-90 in the eastbound lane when he struck a Dodge pickup truck pulling a trailer.  Graves’ husband was driving the pickup, while Graves was in the passenger seat....

SKC still seeking new president

PABLO — Dr. Luana K. Ross replaced long-serving Salish Kootenai College president Joe McDonald in 2010. In a move that surprised many, Ross resigned in mid-October last year, citing, “irreconcilable visions between myself and some members of the governing board.” Two months later and Dr....

St. Ignatius water project nears completion

ST. IGNATIUS — After a small amount of E. coli was found in the St. Ignatius water system in July of 2010, the city was forced to work through a $250,000 mandated water system upgrade for the next several years.  The original project was to add a third city well and replace water lines on three...

Jocko River Trout Hatchery spawns 2,000 albino trout Jocko River Trout Hatchery spawns 2,000 albino trout

ARLEE — The Jocko River Trout Hatchery in Arlee got a colorful surprise in the spring of 2009 when it spawned roughly 250 albino trout — an interesting and rare occurrence. According to hatchery employee Ron Snyder, the Arlee strain of rainbow trout genetics was created in the 1950s. Since the...

Name released in fatal Evaro wreck

EVARO — Missoula County Public Information Officer Jason Johnson released the name of a 21-year-old Plains woman killed in a three-vehicle crash Jan. 6.  Joscelyn Lea Cook was on her way back to school after winter break when the crash occurred.  Johnson said the cause of death was blun...

Buddha garden set to ring in Tibetan New Year Buddha garden set to ring in Tibetan New Year

ARLEE — If you couldn’t find your New Year’s Eve kiss this year, have no fear, the Tibetan New Year is almost here. And according to the Tibetan calendar, it’s still 2012. Feb 11 marks the first day of Losar (the Tibetan word for “New Year,”) and the first day of 2013. ...

City commission approves budget amendments City commission approves budget amendments

POLSON — Polson City Commissioners held a public hearing Jan. 7 on fiscal year 2011-12 budget amendments, closed the hearing and approved the budget amendments per Resolution No. 1035.   Polson City Manager Todd Crossett reported to the commissioners that the Polson Police Department and Polson...

Salish Kootenai College professor documents polar bears in Churchill Salish Kootenai College professor documents polar bears in Churchill

Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, bills itself as the “polar bear capital of the world.” Situated on Hudson Bay, Churchill offers a perfect place for polar bears to gather to wait for the ice to freeze, usually in November, so they can go out on the ice to hunt ringed seals, their favorite food. The m...

Arlee’s ‘Friends’ continue to donate

Recently, the Friends of Arlee Schools, Inc. have been able to give money to the Arlee schools in the form of equipment and classroom supplies not covered by the school’s budget. In December, teachers were asked to submit applications detailing what they need in their classrooms. The Friends board dist...

Arlee teacher honored for ‘teaching tolerance’

ARLEE – The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project will recognize five outstanding educators with the Teaching Tolerance Award for excellence in culturally responsive teaching on Jan. 25 in Washington, D.C. Arlee High School teacher Anna E. Baldwin is among the honorees. The ...


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