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Unanimous vote opens negotiations for 3-year superintendent contract Unanimous vote opens negotiations for 3-year superintendent contract

POLSON – The Polson Schools Board of Trustees last week voted to move forward on a three-year contract with Superintendent Rex Weltz. The vote was unanimous to begin negotiations with Weltz. The board also voted to remove “interim” from his title. Weltz is in his first year as superintendent, taking over for Linda Reksten. He previously was principal at Polson High School for four years. Board Chair Caroline Mc-Donald said Weltz has a “very positive educational vision for moving forward.” After the meeting, Weltz said he will begin negotiations with a three-person contract committee. He said the process should not be arduous. “As an interim, t...


Kids of kids to perform, 20 years later Kids of kids to perform, 20 years later

POLSON — As Port Polson Players open their 34th children’s winter production this weekend, some of the 110 children cast in Hansel and Gretel will be wearing the same costumes their parents did in years past. Shane Perry, 29, performed in at least three of the productions as a child. His daugh...

St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS —AARP tax aid program will be here on Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. starting on Feb. 7. If you would like to make an appointment to get your taxes done, call the center at 406-745-4462. The Ukulele group will be in the center on the first and third Monday evenings of each month at 7 p.m. ...

Ronan

RONAN —Spring is just around the corner, so if you need something repaired, don’t procrastinate … get it fixed before you need to use it. Linda Schoon is slightly under the weather, along with some of our other regular members, so we all wish them a fast and speedy recovery. The AARP...

Briefs for Jan. 18, 2017

POLSON —I was addicted to the hokey-pokey but I turned myself around. And if you’re addicted to Bingo, we have games every Friday night at 7 p.m. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so get your See’s Candy here before they’re gone. Our exercise class is three time...

Commissioners vote to withdraw from Public Law 280 Commissioners vote to withdraw from Public Law 280

POLSON – Bringing the federal and state governments to the table is the goal behind the Lake County commissioners’ 3-0 vote to withdraw from Public Law 280. The vote took place on Wednesday, Jan. 11, after a lengthy public hearing in the Lake County courthouse. Although numerous issue...

Students explore Latin beats with visiting band Students explore Latin beats with visiting band

Three Americans who traveled the world to hone their musical skills crossed paths in Seattle and now travel the states sharing their Latin tunes as the band Maracuja. Last week the trio interacted with drama, choir and band students at both Polson and Ronan High Schools, and performed Friday night in a...

Judge rules on irrigation power rates Judge rules on irrigation power rates

The Federal Energy Regulation System issued an initial decision on Dec. 29, 2016 concerning a licensing agreement for the Seliš Ksanka Qĺispe dam. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have operated the SKQ Dam since 2015. FERC regulates the transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oi...

Problems not over for irrigation board Problems not over for irrigation board

ST. IGNATIUS – Two things occurred during a short Flathead Joint Board of Control meeting on Saturday, Jan. 14. Board members were sworn in after about a year of conflict, although the issue isn’t over. One more seat is now contested. Elected board members from the May 2016 election to...

Judge: County’s judicial system in crisis since 1995 Judge: County’s judicial  system in crisis since 1995

POLSON – Crisis management has been the norm at the Lake County courthouse since 1995, according to 20th District Court Judge Deborah Kim Christopher. She spoke at the Pachyderm Club meeting on Friday and talked about the challenges she and others in the judicial and law enforcement fields have f...

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