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New program provides necessary supplies for students

ARLEE – Navigating homework, friendships and extracurricular activities is a large order for any student but those without stable living situations face even deeper challenges. A new resource at the Arlee School District is intended to provide homeless students with supplies that meet their basic needs. The closet includes winter clothing, gym clothes, hygiene items and food.  “Being without resources can prevent students from participating fully,” teacher Anna Baldwin said. “Kids have needs and their needs should be met.” Baldwin created the “closet cache,” which opened Jan. 13.  She retrofitted a large walk-in closet to hold the re...


Montana individual income tax filing season starts Jan. 27

News from the Montana Department of Revenue MONTANA – The Montana Department of Revenue will open the state individual income tax filing season on Monday, Jan. 27. Once again, the department encourages Montanans to file electronically. “E-filing is the easiest and most secure way to file ...


Amazon’s teen filmmaker will attend FLIC

News for FLIC  POLSON – At the age of 17, Jonathan Perry has become the youngest director on any major streaming service with his film, SUBNIVEAN, which recently debuted on Amazon Prime to critical acclaim and is set to screen at film festivals worldwide. Four years earlier, Perry began hi...


MT Teacher of the Year in running for national award

MONTANA — The Council of Chief State School Officers announced that Montana’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, Linda Rost, is a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year recognition.  Rost teaches science courses at Baker High School. She is one of four finalists out of the cohort of 55 stat...


Western in Dillon, Montana State in Bozeman announce fall 2019 honor roll students

Local students enrolled at the University of Montana Western in Dillon make the dean’s list:     Arlee : Megan Dunlop, Tara Messner Bigfork: Courtney George, Melody McHaley Charlo: Ashley Mock Lakeside: Jonas Nyman Plains: Brady Ovitt, Polson: Shilah Doble, B...


Funding for revitalization of tribal languages announced

News from the Montana Department of Commerce  MONTANA – The Montana Department of Commerce awarded a total of $712,500 through the Montana Indian Language Program to the eight tribal governments in Montana to support language revitalization efforts. The Montana Indian Language Program work...


Scholarship applications due to the county before March 13

News from the County Clerk The Montana Association of County Clerks and Recorders is sponsoring a $1,000 and a $500 scholarship for two Montana graduating high school seniors who will be attending a Montana university, college or vocational-technical school.   Applications are judged on the basi...


New Polson City Commissioners take their seats

POLSON – With the New Year comes new faces on the commission.  Carolyn Pardini was elected to represent ward three, which is the southern and southeastern parts of the city. She was elected over her opponent, Zoerene Gembala, in the November race. Pardini takes the seat vacated by Ian Donovan, ...


New jail levy ballots sent out in mail, due on Jan. 28 New jail levy ballots sent out in mail, due on Jan. 28

POLSON – On Jan. 8, 15,748 mail-in election ballots were sent out. Registered Lake County voters are asked to approve or disapprove of the county commissioner’s levy request for the ability to collect up to $2.5 million annually for 20 years to help finance a proposed new jail and courtroom expan...


Two council members take oath, officer congratulated Two council members take oath, officer congratulated

ST. IGNATIUS – The St. Ignatius town council board was rearranged on Jan. 7 with newly elected members during the regular meeting. Daren Incashola was seated after being sworn in. This is the second time he has served on the council. He was on the board back in 2018 for one term. “I like to se...


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