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SKC celebrates 40 years of education during Founder’s Week

News from SKC

PABLO – The public is invited to attend Salish Kootenai College Founder’s Week Celebration Nov. 13-18. During this year’s event, Corwin “Corky” Clairmont, Pat Hurley, Moselle DePriest, Dave Marshall, and Ron Therriault will be honored. These men and women will be honored at 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13 in the Robert R. DePoe III Building.

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Scholarship available for former PHS students currently attending college

Applications are now being accepted for the L. G. Baertsch Polson High School Scholarship. Applicants must be former Polson High School students currently attending an accredited college or university. Applicants enrolled in a four-year college or university must have maintained a grade point average of 2.0 or above for two semesters. Those enrolled in two-year programs must have maintained a 2.0 grade point average for one semester.

L. G. (Bill) Baertsch was born in Polson on April 13, 1926, and was raised on his mother and step-father’s farm south of Polson at the intersection of Montana Highway 35 and U.S. Highway 93. He attended Polson High School until his junior year when he joined other classmates who were enlisting to fight World War II. After his discharge, he returned to Polson and graduated with the class of 1947.

Bill went to work at the Polson post office in 1958 where he was well liked and respected by the public for his caring and helpful personality. He retired to his 80-acre farm in the Mountain View area southeast of Polson. He passed away on May 21, 1993.

Mr. Baertsch believed in the value of a college education, and established the L. G. Baertsch Polson High School Scholarship Fund prior to his death. A scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded before the beginning of Spring Semester, 2018. Applications can be obtained at the Polson High School Guidance Office or by emailing Emily Johnson, School Counselor, at  All applications must be returned to the L. G. Baertsch Scholarship Trust, c/o Marc Vergeront, P.O. Box 517, Polson, MT 59860 by Dec. 4, 2017. 


ServeMontana scholarship applications accepted

News from the Governor’s Office

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service, Reach Higher Montana, and Montana Campus Compact are pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship is offered to 100 Montana students attending Montana Campus Compact member institutions who have demonstrated commitment to volunteerism and community service by volunteering at least 100 hours during the last year.

The application form, guidelines, and FAQs can be found online at

Applications close Jan. 31, 2018, and early submissions are highly encouraged.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes national service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness. Montana Campus Compact is Montana’s largest higher education network and works to improve community life by educating students for civic and social responsibility. Reach Higher Montana guides, prepares and supports Montana students in their efforts to reach their potential through higher education.


Open gym event supports Close Up Program

POLSON — An open gym will be held at Head Over Heels, 101 Whitewater Place, Suite B, to help students raise money for a trip to Washington D.C. and NYC. All proceeds raised go to the Ronan High School students within the Close Up Program. The event takes place on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m.-noon. The cost is $10 per person for non-members, $8 per person for members and parents are free with their paying children.


PHS Theater Club to present play on two nights

POLSON — The Polson High School Theater Production Club will present “Dr. Evil and the Basket of Kittens” on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. on both nights. The play will be presented on stage at Polson High School. There will be a bake sale during intermission.


RHS speech, debate team members place in Kalispell

KALISPELL – The Ronan High speech and debate team competed at Flathead High School on Saturday. 

Kelea Ilac placed sixth in impromptu speaking, Trevor Blackburn was seventh in impromptu and Jamison Romero was eighth in humorous interpretation of literature. RHS will compete Nov. 18 at Missoula Loyola. 


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