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Polson school board hears project update Polson school board hears project update

POLSON — The district’s gifted and talented teacher, Tamara Fisher, presented information on her program at the Sept. 9 Polson School Board meeting.  Montana as a state has a 33-year history of supporting gifted and talented education, and Fisher has been teaching kids in the Polson district for 19 years. Fisher teaches grades kindergarten through 12th grade.  She helps them build up a healthy tool set, including thinking skills and a social emotional focus.  Trustee Caroline McDonald asked how the percentage of kids in the Polson program compares to the national average. Fisher said their definition is 10 percent, and “we’re right in the mix....


Graduation matters in Arlee Graduation matters in Arlee

ARLEE – The Arlee School District is officially on the Montana Office of Public Instruction’s list of schools participating in the Graduation Matters Montana program. “Kindergarten through 12th-grade students signed a pledge promising to graduate,” said Deanne Smith, program organi...

Fundraiser provides for healthcare needs Fundraiser provides for healthcare needs

RONAN – Officials for St. Luke Community Hospital said Friday that federal regulations are constricting the abilities of small community medical facilities to provide adequate care for rural residents, making it increasingly important for outside financial contributions like those that poured in at Fri...

Author speaks against compact Author speaks against compact

Speaker and author Elaine Willman spoke out against the proposed Confederated Salish and Kootenai Water Compact at presentations in Helena, Kalispell, and Ronan last week. The Wisconsin-based scholar has studied Native American policies brought forth by the United States government and said that the proposed...

Ronan Harvest Fest ready to celebrate season Ronan Harvest Fest ready to celebrate season

RONAN — Montanans know how to embrace the welcome burst of spring color, the sunshine of a short summer, and golden glow of fall before the arduous winter settles in for the long haul. So, with the smell of autumn in the air, there’s one more chance for an outdoor gathering before bundling up ...

Pablo Elementary students celebrate Wilderness Act Pablo Elementary students celebrate Wilderness Act

RONAN – In honor of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act, approximately 40 second-grade students from Pablo Elementary School hiked on Sept. 3 to the edge of the Mission Mountain Tribal Wilderness to learn how to safely appreciate and enjoy the great outdoors.  The hike to ...

Distance swimmer raises money for Polson child Distance swimmer raises money  for Polson child

Swimming in Flathead Lake is one of summer’s pleasures, but distance swimmer Emily von Jentzen takes swimming seriously.  Von Jentzen dipped her toes in Flathead Lake at approximately 9 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Somers boat launch and swam for 24 hours. She’s making this swim to raise money ...

Commissioners raise water, sewer rates Commissioners raise water, sewer rates

POLSON — The Polson City Commissioners passed both an ordinance to amend the City’s assessment of water charges and approved a resolution to restructure the water system rates and provide for a change in the water and sewer rates at their Sept. 3 meeting.  The utility bill for the average...

Water compact negotiations reopen

MISSOULA – The Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission brought several narrowly tailored suggestions about how to protect the rights of Flathead Indian Irrigation Project irrigators to a water compact negotiation session between the state, federal and Confederated Salish and Kootenai governmen...

Dayton Daze plays at park Dayton Daze plays at park

DAYTON — The theme was Gangsters, Molls and the Roaring Twenties, and suspenders, fedoras and flapper dresses were the dress dujour at the annual Dayton Daze celebration on Sept. 5. The celebration raises money each year to benefit the Chief Cliff Fire Service Area. The Idle Spur, usually the host o...

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