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School faces Title 1 budget shrink

POLSON — At the monthly school board meeting on April 15, Polson Superintendent Linda Reksten announced that funding for Title 1 would be reduced by 15 percent, due to sequestration. Title 1 was established to meet the needs of educationally disadvantaged students and students at risk of not meeting educational standards. The district “has historically used its Title 1 funds to pay for teachers and paraprofessionals to conduct small group intervention instruction,” according to a memo from William Appleton, Director of Curriculum.  In an interview later, Appleton said the district is reviewing student data to see how successful this intervention has been.&nbs...

Despite rain, Earth Day bright in Mission Despite rain, Earth Day bright in Mission

ST. IGNATIUS — The planet Earth provides food, water and shelter for every living thing in the world, humans included. How fitting it is, then, that an entire day be set aside once every year to give thanks to and honor the amazing works of nature and work toward taking care of the planet as it has tak...

City commission waives restrictive covenants

POLSON — In a short meeting on April 15, the Polson City Commissioners approved a waiver of the restrictive covenants to LaVista Overlook. This waiver said the city doesn’t have any interest in approving or disapproving further restrictive covenants, according to Polson City Attorney James Raymon...

Local WWII vets tour national memorials

RONAN — World War II veterans gleamed their now common nickname “The Greatest Generation” from journalist Tom Brokaw. Brokaw’s reasoning for bestowing such a weighty title upon an entire generation was fairly simple: This was a group of Americans who grew up during the Great Depressio...

Mission Valley Animal Shelter welcomes new director Mission Valley Animal Shelter welcomes new director

POLSON — Many dogs and cats have found their “forever homes” after a stay at the Mission Valley Animal Shelter. New director Jill Simpson has been on the job for about a month, and she hopes to continue the shelter’s work for years to come Learning how the place works has kept Simp...

Four cats from hoarder rescue still need homes Four cats from hoarder rescue still need homes

It will be awhile before the plight of 33 rescue cats leaves our thoughts.  In August 2012, Life Savers Animal Rescue was asked by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to help save the lives of 33 cats in a hoarder case. The cats were in deplorable conditions, some locked in a tool shed, others in ...

Griz touch down in Ronan for spring scrimmage Griz touch down in Ronan for spring scrimmage

RONAN — The Griz came to town April 13 for a cold and windy spring scrimmage on Laverne Parrish Memorial Field. Montanans are tough, though, and Griz fans from around the area packed the stands.    The Griz returned 10 starters on defense, and over the afternoon, defensive players sacked t...

CASA fundraising tourney still open to golfers

POLSON — Bobby’s sitting on the floor, his diaper badly soiled but after hours now caked dry. Close by, his older sister Linda is playing video games on a small old television, caring and sometimes watchful, but currently oblivious of her brother since he’s stopped crying for a c...

Irrigation candidates answer questions Irrigation candidates answer questions

LONE PINE — At a regular meeting of the Lone Pine and Camas irrigators, each candidate for Flathead Irrigation District 4 trustee had 10 minutes to field questions from the audience.  Susan Lake and Shane Orien are running for the position held by Paul Hunsucker, who is vacating his seat. La...

Jackson’s bill to extend compact remains alive

HELENA — Sen. Verdell Jackson, R-SD 5, has the only water compact bill still alive in the 2013 Montana Legislature. Senate Bill 265 would extend the water compact deadline by two years, and it has passed the Senate. “It’s had executive action in the House of Representatives. Now it needs...

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