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USDA-NRCS changes the way it does business 

BOZEMAN – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is changing the way it does business to better identify and prioritize Montana’s natural resource concerns on private land and to better focus its technical and financial assistance.

Referred to as Montana Focused Conservation, NRCS will focus its Environmental Quality Incentives Program investments in targeted areas to achieve clearly defined natural resource goals as identified by conservation districts and other local partners through the locally led process.

For the past several years, NRCS has asked Montana agricultural producers to submit applications for general EQIP funding by June 1 each year so that applications could be ranked and landowners had time to finalize contracts and begin implementing their conservation plans. In 2019, NRCS will not set a general EQIP deadline, but will announce sign-up deadlines throughout the year for targeted projects across the state. 

For 2019, NRCS will accept applications for the EQIP projects in targeted areas across Montana until March 29, 2019. Applications received after that date will be accepted and evaluated for future rounds of funding.

The targeted implementation plan approved for 2019 funding Lake County is the Miller Coulee Water Quantity Improvement Project set up to improve water quantity by reducing off-field movement of irrigation water in the Miller Coulee TIP project area.


Enjoy detectives in Ronan High School play

RONAN — Be prepared for lots of fun as the Ronan High School Drama Department presents a performance of the play, “A Lighter Shade of Noir.” General admission tickets only will be sold at the door the evening of the plays. This performance will be presented at the Ronan Performing Arts Center on Thursday and Friday, March 14 and 15, at 7 p.m. Cost for adults will be $3 and $2 for students.

Trent Trowel is your typical gumshoe, searching the mean streets for crimes to solve and dames to fall for. He joins some of the world’s most famous detectives at the International PD gala. There’s Shirley Holmes, Jean Louie Phillip Eastache and Aunt Beatrice. But is this just an innocent gala? Will the world’s most dastardly villains foil them with a fiendish master plan? Will Aunt Beatrice ever get an English muffin?  Everthing is not what it seems. Join us for an enjoyable evening.


Code Girls United holds challenge 

KALISPELL — Code Girls United is a non-profit with a mission to help girls become problem solvers through training with computer coding and business skills. We are in our third year of operation and we run a year-round, free, after-school program for girls in fourth to eighth grade. Our most important event is coming up in May. It’s the NW Regional App Challenge on May 11 and 12, at Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell. This is a free, two-day event for girls in fourth to eighth grade, from all over our region. (Montana, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, and Canada). The first day is science fair-type judging with semi-finalists chosen for the second-day presentations to a panel of judges (venture capitalists, Montana State University professor, and local technology company executives). We very much hope to get as many girls from Montana to participate because we have some fabulous scholarship prizes: $5,000 - first place, $2,500 - second place, and $1,000 - third place. Additional details are available at:


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