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Montana unemployment rate increases

News from Office of the Governor   MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock announced that Montana’s unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage points to 3.4 percent in October, driven by more than 850 new workers entering the labor market. The U.S. unemployment rate also moved up 0.1 percentage points, ending at 3.6 percent. “More workers are joining our labor force in response to strong wage growth and plentiful job opportunities,” Bullock said. “We will continue our commitment to our workforce and maximize each worker’s potential, helping businesses grow.” Total employment, which includes agricultural, payroll and self-employed workers,...


SKC to benefit from USDA Grant

News from U.S. Department of Agriculture MONTANA – Montana state director Charles Robison for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program announced that the USDA is investing in a University of Providence project that will improve distance-learning education at Salish Koot...


Tribal Health Pharmacy welcomes Jessi Cahoon Tribal Health Pharmacy welcomes Jessi Cahoon

News from Tribal Health  ST. IGNATIUS — Tribal Health announces Jessi Cahoon is the new pharmacy division director.   Cahoon is a board-certified pharmacist and an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the Univer...


Two Eagle students exhibit photographs in Missoula Two Eagle students exhibit photographs in Missoula

MISSOULA – Photos Leanna Powell took over a year ago near her home in St. Ignatius have brought her to a show at the People’s Center in Pablo, to a prestigious show in New York and now to the new Zootown Arts Community Center Gallery in Missoula. “I had no idea it would go this far,&rdqu...


Volunteers sought for county boards Volunteers sought for county boards

News from Lake County Lake County currently seeks volunteers to serve on the following boards: Lake County Planning Board, Board of Adjustment, Planning and Zoning Commission and City County Planning Board.   Appointments begin on Jan. 1, 2020.  For more detail on the scope, needs and sc...


LCCDC hires new executive director LCCDC hires new executive director

RONAN – Jim Thaden is the new leader at the helm of Lake County Community Development Corporation. In his position, Thaden will head the multi-faceted organization to advance development in the area.  “I’ve done this kind of work all my life, and it’s a real treat when you get...


Girls’ empowerment program seeks leader Girls’ empowerment program seeks leader

ARLEE – Lunchtime meetings at the Arlee School District give girls and non-binary youth an opportunity to explore their unique strengths. Using Their Strength is a program facilitated by the YWCA of Missoula. The program has existed in Missoula for over 20 years. Two years ago, it was established in Ar...


Valley Poll Valley Poll

* Results compiled from answers submitted to a poll published on Instagram and Facebook. 106 people responded to the questions over a 24-hour period.


RHS winter sports fundraiser planned

RONAN — On Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m., a “Taco Tuesday” dinner and silent auction fundraiser will be held at the Ronan Event Center along with an “Orange and Black Basketball Scrimmage.” Games begin at 6 p.m. The $1 taco feed begins with a team challenge and a community challeng...


U.S. Census Bureau to increase field wages for Montana workers in December

News from the U.S. Census Bureau   MONTANA – Beginning Dec. 1, the U.S. Census Bureau will increase Census field workers’ pay rates across the country. In Montana, the wages will increase to a starting rate of $17 per hour for enumerators and $19.50 for those working in Cascade, Gallatin...


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