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Bison Range readies for winter with small staff

MOEISE — As winter creeps ever closer, activity at the National Bison Range continues to die down — a fact Project Manager Jeff King is especially thankful for this year.  His staff is still short about 13 full-time people as he continues “waiting on decisions high above my level” to determine how and when all the open positions will be filled. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have yet to let King know whether they’ll be hiring new workers for the Range or bringing in people already employed by FWS, and King wasn’t sure when he’d find out what the next step is. “We’re still doing the best we can with the existing staff...

North Crow wreck leaves one injured

NORTH CROW — A one-vehicle wreck on North Crow Road left a male teenager injured on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.  The Ronan Volunteer Fire Department, Salish and Kootenai Tribal Police and Ronan Ambulance responded to the call after a passerby called law enforcement agencies.  According...

Town hall meeting centers on wolves

RONAN — “This is a big deal; this is about families; this is about generations,” Terry Murphy, president of the Western Montana Stockmen’s Association said in his opening remarks.  Murphy was talking about the re-listing of the gray wolf on the endangered species list and the ...

To “B” or not to “B”

• Why is Ronan thinking about moving to Class B? Ronan High School currently has an enrollment of 317 students, well under the 340 student cutoff that is the currently the bottom end of Class A schools. • What are the enrollment numbers for the classes of schools in Montana? The current breakdow...

A district divided

RONAN — The Ronan school board will face a tough decision Monday as they must decide if the school will remain in Class A for the next two years or petition to make the move to Class B. Ronan will have to make the decision of whether or not to make the move down in classification after a steady drop...

Streetscape Q & A

Streetscape committee member Becky Dupuis provided answers to some frequently asked questions about Streetscape. Q: Why is there exposed gravel in the “bump out” areas at the intersection corners? • The gravel areas have been prepared for landscaping in the spring. • The contractor...

Streetscape nears completion

POLSON — The finishing touches, such as landscaping and pouring the last of the concrete for sidewalks, are being applied to Polson’s Main Street to complete the streetscape project before Friday’s big block party this Friday, Nov. 5, when Main Street will open for pedestrian traffic. As...

Commissioner gathers suggestions for improving higher education system

PABLO — Commissioner of Higher Education Sheila Stearns and Board of Regents Chair Clayton Christian visited Salish Kootenai College on Sterns’ tour around the state. Dubbed a listening tour, the session was designed to allow people to voice concerns and offer suggestions for improvement about th...

Doyle edges Kendley for win in sheriff's race

The voters have spoken, and what was likely the most hotly contested race for sheriff in Lake County's history is over. According to unofficial results, Republican Joy Doyle defeated Independent Steve Kendley by fewer than 300 votes in the first Lake County Sheriff's race with three candidates since 1994....

Qwest grant to help with purchase of web design tools

RONAN — With the help of the Qwest Foundation, Ronan High School is preparing its multi-media class to build websites for local organizations and businesses that couldn’t otherwise afford a graphic designer.  On Oct. 19 the Qwest Montana president David Gibson and Montana First Lady Nancy...

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