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FJBC referendum goes to the irrigators FJBC referendum goes to the irrigators

ST. IGNATIUS — Three Flathead Joint Board of Control Commissioners — Boone Cole, Chair, Wayne Blevins and Jerry Laskody — gathered on Oct. 14 to talk to newspaper reporters about Resolution 2013 and what brought about the resolution.  The FJBC, voting 6 to 5 with the chair abstaining, passed the resolution which will require a mail-election asking Flathead Indian Irrigation Project irrigators to vote on whether FJBC commissioner who wish to withdraw their districts from the FJBC first conduct a referendum of the fee land irrigators they represent. But the story begins long before that. The Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission came into being in 1979,...


Water rights history unique, complex

PABLO — In 2009, John Carter, attorney for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, wrote that the Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission was established by the 1979 Legislature “to negotiate rather than litigate the federal reserved and aboriginal water rights of Indian tribes and ...

Funny money: Theater teaches finance to schoolchildren Funny money: Theater teaches finance to schoolchildren

RONAN – Compound interest, credit, and saving money are complex topics of financial literacy that the majority of America’s adults struggle to understand and execute. According to the Federal Reserve, in 2013, households on average have $15,185 in credit card debt, $147,133 in mortgage debt, and ...

Kicking Horse students participate in Operation Christmas Child Kicking Horse students participate in Operation Christmas Child

RONAN — It was a chance meeting that brought Kicking Horse Job Corps nursing student Elsa Fissehaye and Hamilton resident Karla West together on an flight to Denver this spring. It was no coincidence that the two kind-hearted individuals stayed in contact after the flight, and worked together with othe...

Polson school board hears feedback Polson school board hears feedback

POLSON — Polson School Board meetings begin with time for public comments, and at the Oct. 14 meeting Marine veteran Sgt. Chuck Lewis, who served during the Vietnam era, spoke to trustees about welcoming veterans to the Polson schools.   Lewis recently returned to the Mission Valley from a six-...

Parents, student ask Ronan school board to reconsider cheerleading Parents, student ask Ronan school board to reconsider cheerleading

RONAN —Two parents and a student asked the Ronan school board on Oct.14 to consider alternatives to eliminating the school’s winter cheerleading program. They also asked the administration to address ongoing harassment of the cheerleaders at games this year. Parent Lisa Corbett said high schoo...

St. Ignatius School Board agenda goes online

ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius school board was able to zip through their Oct. 15 monthly meeting in a fraction of the time usually spent weighing decisions. A short agenda helped, but most of the credit went to the new agenda packet system the board adopted.  The system allows board members a...

Baldwin honored as Montana Teacher of the Year Baldwin honored as Montana Teacher of the Year

ARLEE – This time recognition for a job well done goes to the teacher. High school English teacher Anna Baldwin’s dedication to teaching, high expectations and cultural awareness got her noticed by the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation.  Baldwin was presented with the Teacher of th...

Indigenous researchers gather at Salish Kootenai College Indigenous researchers gather at Salish Kootenai College

PABLO — A gathering of scholars, researchers and students from around the globe came to Pablo last week to share knowledge about the different methods of indigenous research. “The heart of my philosophy is caring, sharing, compassion and truth,” said Shawn Wilson, Ph.D. “As indigen...

Ronan names police chief

RONAN — Valent Maxwell, 54, of Klawok, Alaska is scheduled to take over as Ronan chief of police on Oct. 28.  Mayor Kim Aipperspach said the city council interviewed three candidates for the position, after receiving five applications.  “It was hard to decide who was best,” ...

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