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Reksten leads Polson schools

POLSON — School District 23 has a new superintendent. Linda Reksten, Ph.D., comes to Polson from the Butte school district.  After a tumultuous year of administrative and school board upheaval, Reksten has her work cut out for her. Her first message to the administrative team and to the public explained that she is here to build a team to do great things for kids. Part of her role is to pull people together and help them work together better.  Reksten has listed seven focus areas for the district. They include: student academic development, staff development, student needs, partnership with the community, facilities, Indian education and culture, and technology. ...

PHS principal hails from Noxon

POLSON — Coming to Polson from Forks, Wash., Rex Weltz is the new principal at Polson High School. He’s familiar with the area since he grew up in Noxon, attended Western Montana College and taught in Hamilton before moving to Alaska in 1999. He’s also a fan of the Western A Conference. ...

Linderman principal looks forward to school year

POLSON — “It’s a year for positive change,” Josh Preiss said. Preiss is Linderman Elementary School’s new principal, and he has big goals for Linderman: academic growth and achievement and a positive climate in the building. “My approach is very positive and proactiv...

Sharp minds, sharper wits abound at Ronan’s class of 1942 reunion Sharp minds, sharper wits abound at Ronan’s class of 1942 reunion

RONAN — In a beautiful home with Mission Mountain views less than a hundred yards from Ronan’s golf course, six members of Ronan High School’s class of 1942 came together for the first time in five years.  The six former classmates sat together in Don Olson’s living room and e...

Irrigation takes stage in water rights negotiations Irrigation takes stage in water rights negotiations

RONAN — To say the current water rights negotiation is an emotionally-charged issue in the Valley may be an understatement.  “There’s been a lot of misinformation the past month-and-half,” said water rights compact commission member and irrigator Dan Salomon. “The number...

County to appoint interim Justice of the Peace

POLSON — Former Montana Supreme Court Justice Diane Barz is filling in for Justice of the Peace Chuck Wall after his resignation on Aug. 8. In a statement, Wall said, “Judges are - and should be - held to very high standards of conduct, both in their professional and personal affairs. One...

Team golfs in honor of Browning woman Team golfs in honor of Browning woman

PABLO — Susie Hall taught all her nieces and nephews to golf. Susie, 46, was killed by her husband on Aug. 13, 2006, according to Susie’s daughter, Cynthia Rutherford. Then Susie’s husband hanged himself. Members of Susie’s family gathered to golf in her memory at the Drive for Dom...

Strong winds wreak havoc with fire, power outage and damaged boats Strong winds wreak havoc with fire, power outage and damaged boats

MISSION VALLEY — A strong storm system tore through the Valley late last Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, Aug. 15. The high winds caused a power outage, two boats to sink in Flathead Lake, several search and rescue calls and caused the West Garcon fire to double in size within a matter of hour...

Wildfire ravages 9,000-plus acres in West Garcon area Wildfire ravages 9,000-plus acres in West Garcon area

With the West Garcon Fire now at 9,110 acres and 45 percent contained, crews continue to fight heavy fuels, mostly timber, and steep terrain to control the blaze. As of press time, the fire had moved north of Windy Gap and a few miles south and was burning in a big timbered basin, according to public informa...

Paraglider dies in Chief Cliff fall

ELMO — A male paraglider was found dead at the bottom of Chief Cliff, a landmark near Elmo, at about 8:30 a.m. Aug. 11. The ALERT helicopter spotted a red and white parachute at the bottom of Chief Cliff and relayed the coordinates to search and rescue. Searchers from the Lake County Search and Resc...

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