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St. Ignatius welcomes new AD, teachers

ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius school district has added several new teachers to its family for the 2012-13 school year.     Kristen Hawkaluk Kristen Hawkaluk teaches literacy and math for kindergarten-through-second grade in St. Ignatius Elementary School. Originally from Havre, she moved to the valley in 2005 and taught first grade for seven years in Charlo.  A University of Montana graduate, she has a husband and son. While she enjoys kayaking, reading, gardening, camping, traveling, eating and exercising, her favorite thing to do is play with her son.  “The best part of teaching is watching students grow and change throughout the year,&r...


Charlo hires new athletic director, superintendent

Charlo schools have added a new athletic director and superintendent for the entire 2012-13 school year with a single hire: Thom Peck. In an effort to make him feel more at home, we’ve asked him a short list of questions and published them below so you might get to know him better.  Charlo Scho...

Ronan welcomes new teachers, principal

RONAN — Ronan School District No. 30 has added several new teachers and a high school principal to the roster for the 2012-13 school year. In an effort to introduce these newcomers to you and you to them, we’ve asked them to fill out a short list of questions.    Rebecca Seago ...

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 publ...

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...

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