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Arlee school district faces budget cuts

ARLEE - While nothing is set in stone, the Arlee School Board is planning to cut around 20 percent of its annual budget.  Superintendent George Linthicum says the preemptive cuts stem from the potential loss of Impact Aid at the federal level.  He explained that Impact Aid is received from the federal government for school districts on or near national forests, reservations and military bases to make up the difference normally paid by local property taxes. These property taxes are part of a formula used by the state to decide the amount of funding a school district receives in a given year.  On Aug. 2, 2011, President Obama signed the Budget Control Act into law in a...


Discounted coffee leads to job losses

POLSON — Discounted Starbucks coffee prices apparently led to employees being fired or asked to resign at Safeway. Rumor in Polson has the number of employees at 24 while Sarah Osborne, Safeway public and government affairs director, said only three employees were terminated in Polson.  Employe...

Rotary writes big check for pool

POLSON — The Polson Rotary Club held a special board meeting July 10 to discuss making the largest single investment in the club’s history in Mission Valley Aquatics. The club has already committed its annual Chili Cook-off proceeds to the Aquatic Center. But the discussion at the board meeting ...

Kids enjoy blue skies, free flights Kids enjoy blue skies, free flights

POLSON — The sun shone on Saturday morning, and local pilots flew with young passengers ages 8 to 17 as part of the Young Eagle program. Brianna McGuinness was one of the Young Eagles. She enjoyed the flight and had questions for pilot Carmine Mowbray about the compass and magnetic north.  A...

Stage 1 fire restrictions now in effect

PABLO — Stage 1 fire restrictions went into effect Thursday on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks also enforces the same restrictions throughout most of Lake County. Until further notice, the following acts are prohibited:  • Building, maintaining, attendi...

Be careful — it only takes a spark Be careful — it only takes a spark

ST. IGNATIUS – Combined efforts from the St. Ignatius Fire Department and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Division of Fire conquered a 20-acre fire started by a straw baler last Monday afternoon.  “It’s dry enough that it only takes a spark,” St. Ignatius Fire C...

Fireworks threaten Polson homes

POLSON — Fireworks caused a 5.5-acre fire near Polson hill on July 31 at about 7:30 p.m.  With 10 to 20-foot-high flames subsiding to a five to six foot blaze, the fire burned up the dry grassy hill, but was stopped when it reached Long Lake Drive. Law enforcement had contacted residents in ...

Lacey Todd wins pizza for her class

POLSON — Monday, Dec. 21, was an especially great day to be a second grader in Mrs. Nordberg’s room at Linderman Elementary School. Lacey Todd, 7, won a pizza party for her second grade class. Lacey participated in the Book It program sponsored by Pizza Hut. Each child who redeems his or her B...

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