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PHS names new principal

POLSON — Rob Hankins, the new Polson High School principal, decided he wanted to be a teacher when he was a senior in high school, sitting in government class. Hankins had a good relationship with his government teacher and saw that the teacher could be with kids all day, coach and make a difference. “From that point on, I knew I wanted to be a teacher,” Hankins said. He got his degrees from the University of Montana — Western and taught math for six years before getting his administrative degree from the University of Montana. The Hankins family, Amie and Rob, Dyllan, 8, Katelyn, 5, and Leyton, 4, love Polson. “The kids are excited to be here . . ....


Fourth murder suspect in county jail

Lake County officials have in custody a fourth suspect in the 2005 murder of Harold Mitchell Jr., a 73-year-old St. Ignatius man. Nigel Ernst arrived at the Lake County Jail Tuesday afternoon after being transported from federal prison in Victorville, Calif., where he was serving time for felony possessio...


Mission Police Department woes continue

ST. IGNATIUS — For the third time in less than a year and a half, St. Ignatius is once again in need of a police chief. Shay Clairmont resigned from the police department effective Aug. 25, and Mayor Charley Gariepy said the town doesn’t have a replacement yet.  Gariepy planned to meet wi...


Plenty of melons expected at Dixon festival

DIXON — Dixon Melon Days will see the return of one of its most popular events this year: the Farmer Olympics. “We’re bringing everything back,” Melon Days coordinator Cindy Hill said, noting that the organizational committee has already planned to reintroduce the traditional kids&...


Tribes to get $1.2 million to replace South Valley Creek Bridge

ARLEE — A $1.2 million emergency fund grant, earmarked for replacement of the South Valley Creek Bridge north of Arlee, is on its way to the Flathead Reservation from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Safety of Dams program manager Mike Brown received verbal confi...


MDOT, Tribes dedicate portion of highway to Hoyt

POLSON — The one-year anniversary of Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Christopher Lee Hoyt’s death in an off-duty accident was Monday, Aug. 23. Family, law enforcement officers, friends and dignitaries gathered near the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center on the edge of U.S. Highway 93 to dedica...


Man-made fire burns 43 acres near Buffalo Bridge

Authorities suspect an unattended camp fire to be the cause of a fire that burned 43 acres near Buffalo Bridge on Thursday evening. “My suspicion was that it was started within a fire ring and was an unattended campfire,” said Curtiss Matt, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Division of F...


A day at the races

POLSON — Calaveras County has their jumping frogs, Churchill Downs has their ponies, Daytona has their stock cars and Polson has their bugs.  Seventy children came to the Linderman multi-purpose room Thursday armed with bugs, bugs of all kinds, except earwigs, flying bugs, stink bugs, cockroach...


Summer library program keeps kids reading

RONAN — Studies show that if kids don’t continue to read through the summer, teachers have to re-teach what their pupils forgot over the summer the following year, Ronan Library Director Michelle Fenger said.  She said summers can be a fun and exciting time for families and children alike...


Charlo trustees vote against secondary insurance

CHARLO — At a school board meeting on Tuesday, the Charlo School Board voted not to re-subscribe to their secondary insurance Northwestern Scholastic Insurers.  “I just think it’s a waste of money,” Charlo Trustee Duane Weible said.  The unanimous vote was prompted by ...


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