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Robotics students headed to state tournament Robotics students headed to state tournament

RONAN — A battle of warrior robots that rumbled Ronan high school students into a fourth place finish at a Nov. 15 state qualifying competition might sound like a dramatic clash reserved for stereotypical tech geeks, but that isn’t the case. Instead of building machines meant to destroy things, a dozen students spent the past four months designing a robot that will complete a number of different mechanical engineering feats.  The students involved aren’t cast from a sequel of “Revenge of the Nerds,” and that’s a good thing, Robotics Instructor Jesse Gray said. “We’ve got a good mix of kids,” Gray said. “It’s not...


DePoe inaugurated as SKC president DePoe inaugurated as SKC president

PABLO — For his inauguration as Salish Kootenai College president, Robert DePoe III walked into the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center escorted by SKC instructors Linda King and Corky Clairmont in regalia, Frank Stanger’s SKC drumming class and the Veteran Warrior Society.  “It&...

SKC receives Achieving the Dream grant SKC receives Achieving the Dream grant

PABLO — As well as inaugurating a new president, Salish Kootenai College has secured a grant through the American Indian College Fund for Achieving the Dream initiative, utilizing monies made available by the Kresge Foundation. The money will pay the $65,000 Achieving the Dream membership fees for thre...

Elmo District narrowed to two candidates

PABLO — In the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council run-off election on Nov. 16 between incumbent Reuben A. Mathias and Len Two Teeth, Mathias received 228 votes and Two Teeth 603. Two Teeth will oppose Junior Caye in the general election on Dec. 14 for the Elmo District council seat. Off...

Local Marine, family breaks ground on new home Local Marine, family breaks ground on new home

With lights flashing and sirens blaring, a long line of first responders escorted Marine Lance Corporal Tomy Parker (retired), his fiancé Amanda Hout and children Olivia and Eva to the groundbreaking of Parker’s new home Saturday, Nov. 23. The lot is located on Madison Road off Flathead View Dri...

Commission approves support for dock variance Commission approves support for dock variance

POLSON — During the Nov. 18 meeting of the Polson City Commission, Polson City Engineer Shari Johnson asked the Commission to approve a letter of support for a city dock variance request to Shoreline Protection. “We are ahead of schedule and under budget,” Johnson said, adding that she h...

Incumbent Romero voted onto Ronan City Council

RONAN — The voters of Ronan were evenly torn between city council candidates Roger Romero and Tracy Morigeau Frank in the Nov. 5 election but the city council charged with breaking the tie voted almost unanimously in favor of incumbent Romero at its Nov. 18 meeting.  Councilmembers Chris Adler,...

Schiele on road to recovery Schiele on road to recovery

RONAN — Kendall Shae Schiele is on a journey of miraculous healing.  In late May, the 18-year-old rapidly lost nearly all of his sight in his right eye, and much of his left. An MRI revealed two brain tumors: a large and extremely rare tumor on Shae’s pituitary gland, and one directly beh...

Ranchers send heifers to South Dakota

Two Lake County heifers are headed to South Dakota as part of an outreach by the Western Montana Stockmen. An early blizzard on Oct. 4 slammed into South Dakota following a series of 70 to 80 degree days, catching cattle still grazing on less-sheltered summer range with no opportunity to grow winter coats...

Black Mountain employees celebrate Movember Black Mountain employees celebrate Movember

POLSON — It was a hairy day at Black Mountain Software on Nov. 22, not because it was Friday, but because Movember contestants were in the conference room to show off beards, mustaches and hairy legs.  Movember began in Australia in 2003 when friends Luke Slattery and Travis Garone were talking...

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