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Missoula, Charlo school bands swap songs

CHARLO — The silky, smooth sound of live jazz filled Charlo School’s gymnasium last Wednesday as Jazz III showed the Charlo Middle School Band a thing or two about performing music. Jazz III is a lively jazz band filled with community members and musicians from the University of Montana. Charlo music teacher Deb Nelson-Rosbarsky has played alto saxophone with Jazz III since 1989, and convinced Charlo’s Gear Up coordinator Betty Stickle to sponsor the group’s trip to Charlo on Wednesday.  Keeping the crowd on their toes, the Charlo Middle School kicked off the concert with “Rock the House” and “Just Plain Blues.”  Jazz III st...


Students celebrate Native American culture

ST. IGNATIUS — Friday afternoon was a special time at the St. Ignatius School, especially for high school Salish and Native American studies teacher Geraldine Felix.  For the past few years, Felix and Aileen Plant, the elementary Native American studies teacher, have organized a social powwow e...


Attitude determines altitude

Polson Tower, this is Delta 7, five miles southwest of the airport, requesting to land,” said the crackly voice of a student pilot. “Delta 7, this is Polson Tower. Fly into the pattern, then report to base,” said Lee Lytton from Polson Tower. “Polson Tower, this is Delta 7 on ba...


Ronan Board expands activities director position

RONAN — In a Ronan School Board meeting last Wednesday, superintendent Andy Holmlund approached the board with plans to make the activities director a full-time position. Currently, there are no Class A activities directors in the state of Montana, but Holmlund insisted that an activity director is ...


School celebrates reading with assembly, bike giveaway

ST. IGNATIUS — Four lucky St. Ignatius Elementary students took brand new bicycles home from school Friday. Michael Kibler, Azia LaFrombois, Alexis LaChance and Danny Helmer each won a coveted drawing for a new bike through the Books for Bikes program. Every time a student reads a book, he can enter...


TERS students interview, photograph influential people

POLSON — Seventh grader Ida Couture was a little nervous as she asked Pablo “Chib” Espinoza questions. Espinoza is Chief of Fish and Game Department for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Couture started off asking Espinoza his name, how to spell his name and how many years he ...


Mission breaks ground on school building project

ST. IGNATIUS — Dump trucks, backhoes and construction workers began a transformation at the St. Ignatius School last Monday as they broke ground on a $2.5 million building project that will “help us serve kids better in a number of ways,” Superintendent Gerry Nolan said. Planning for the...


Kinds jump through hoops for heart fund-raiser

POLSON — “Bubble gum, bubble gum in the dish, How many pieces do you wish?” That is second-grader Cali Cannon’s favorite jump rope rhyme.  As many times as Cali can jump equaled the number of pieces of (pretend) bubble gum. Cali and her two classmates counted the jumps. ...


Vandal apologizes to Charlo School Board

CHARLO — The Charlo School Board listened intently to the apology of a young man named Jacob Seibert at a school board meeting last Tuesday. The young man asked the school board for forgiveness two years after “destroying” school property. Seibert, who has never been a student at Charlo,...


Ghastly Ghost Out haunts kids to drive sober

RONAN — A gruesome scene horrified the Ronan student body into an eerie silence on Thursday. A body on the ground, teenagers mangled and unconscious, slumped over steering wheels and seats, and the Grim Reaper lurking about, taking his time to select his two victims. The drunk driver, dazed but unharme...


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