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Elks present Ray Lozano

RONAN/POLSON — Mission Valley Elks Lodge #1695 through the use of a National Elks Foundation grant will host Ray Lozano, who travels nationally for the Elks talking about drugs and alcohol. Ray has educated and entertained thousands of students in hundreds of schools from Alaska to Florida and internationally in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda. Ray has a talent and gift for conveying what could be construed as boring drug and alcohol prevention information, in such a fun and humorous way that his audiences come away informed and entertained. The best analogy would be giving your kids medicine in a spoon full of sugar. Ray’s philosophy is: “I truly believe young people have amazing potential. With the right tools and direction, that potential can be realized and even soar. My mission is to make a difference in the lives of young people and teach them to do the same in others.”

Mr. Lozano will be featured on March 21 at the K. William Harvey Elementary School in Ronan with an open meeting for the public at 7 p.m. On March 22 he will be at the Linderman School in Polson with an open meeting at the Elks Lodge for the public at 7 p.m. On March 23 he will wrap up his visit at the Polson High School and Polson Middle School.

This visit has been made possible by an ENF Beacon Grant. 


Immigration law explained

News from the Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition

POLSON — The Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition and Humanities Montana invite the public to a community potluck at 6 p.m., a presentation, and discussion from 7-9 p.m. on Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy with Shahid Haque on Thursday, March 22. Haque is an immigration lawyer, founder and president of the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance, and law instructor at the University of Montana. He is one of the few people in Montana who has a broad and clear picture of the diverse immigrant communities throughout the state. Join us and bring your questions. For more information, call 406-745-3001 or email:


MFWP Bow Ed classes offered

PLAINS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Bow education classes will be taught at Plains High School on April 2, 3, 4, and 5 from 6-8:30 p.m. The field course will take place on April 6 from 4:30-8 p.m. The instructor for this course will be Wayne Crismore. Call 406-826-5139 for more information.


Taproot Strategies to present at MVBN meeting

RONAN — Farah Ally with Taproot Strategies will make a presentation on business growth methods at the Mission Valley Businesswomen’s Network meeting on Thursday, March 15, from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lake County CDC, 407 Main St. This meeting is open to the pubic. Bring your own lunch, come network and learn.


Grants for fourth-grade field trips announced

News from Montana State Parks

HELENA – Montana State Parks is pleased to announce that applications for $300 field trip travel grants are now being accepted through the 2018 Montana Fourth Graders to Public Lands Initiative. The grant money is aimed at providing transportation funding to Montana fourth graders for visits to federal and state public lands with an emphasis on assisting classrooms and groups who lack needed transportation funds. The grants are made possible by the National Park Foundation and help support the 2015 White House youth initiative: Every Kid in a Park.

Now in its third year, the program has already awarded grants to 76 schools across Montana, touching the lives of over 3,300 fourth grade students. “For many this trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said one teacher who received a grant in 2017. “So many of our kids didn’t know what was on the other side of the divide let alone go hiking. This was an opportunity for them to enjoy and explore our great state of Montana.”

Requests for the $300 grants will be filled on a first-come, first-served, basis and until funding is no longer available. The grants are open to fourth grade classrooms and groups with priority given toward underserved schools and communities. The grants can be used for travel to federal and state public lands, as well as outdoor education centers. Trip costs can include items such as bus driver fees, gas, bus and van rental costs, and mileage reimbursement for chaperones or teachers. Field trips must take place by Aug. 30, 2018. To apply, visit: and click “Learn With Us.”


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