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Foster care clothes room seeks new location

Being uprooted from home is never easy, and it’s especially difficult for children who enter the foster care system. Nothing is familiar, and often children don’t have many belongings of their own, leaving their foster families with the burden of providing clothing and other necessities. “Sometimes a paper sack of stuff is all (the kids) have,” said foster mom Shelley, who asked that her last name not be used. She’s been a foster parent for years and had close to 30 placements of children in her home, so she’s learned the realities of the system. That’s why Shelley opened 4 R Kidz, a clothes room that accepts donations like clothes, shoes, dia...


City, County receive recycling grants

POLSON — It’s going to be easier to recycle in Polson soon. Polson Parks Director Karen Sargeant and Lake County Solid Waste District Program Manager Mark Nelson held a joint press conference to announce recycling grants.  The city of Polson received about $24,000 from the Recycling Infra...


Health fair promotes prevention

PABLO — Health, prevention and free goodies were all the rage at this year’s Women For Wellness Health Fair.  For the second year in a row Salish Kootenai College Prevention Task Force hosted the educational event that was designed to provide information, free screenings and a little bit ...


Kids learn to honor river, nature in outdoor event

MOIESE — A time-honored tradition once again brought hundreds of children into a closer connection with the natural world last week. The annual River Honoring was held May 10-12 at the traditional site near Moiese.  Following an opening ceremony and community barbecue Monday evening, fourth- an...


Science fair proves fun, enlightening experience

RONAN — An array of science experiments turned out to be an academic treat for the students at K. William Harvey on Friday afternoon.  The delightful science fair boasted 22 fifth-grade students, who displayed their diverse experiments in the gymnasium of the school. The class invited other stu...


School board meeting cut short by county superintendent

RONAN — The Ronan School Board meeting ended abruptly on Monday evening when Lake County Superintendent of Schools Gale Decker accused the school board of illegally administering trustee oaths. The district clerk had just sworn-in the three newest trustees to the school board when Decker asked permi...


Superintendent rolls out leveling plan

POLSON — The Polson School Board of Trustees meeting on May 10 packed about 40 bodies into the district office conference room.  Many of the teachers and staff members were at the meeting to hear Superintendent David Whitesell unveil his leveling or reconfiguration idea for School District #23....


Two Eagle River honors artists, community

PABLO — Paintings, photography, poetry, quilts, beaded art and music were all on display at Two Eagle River High School’s eighth annual Art Slam on Thursday.  The student body eagerly cheered on their friends and classmates, who performed prose and rocked the stage with their musical tale...


Dancing highlights cultural day at Arlee School

ARLEE — Hundreds of years of tradition were the focus of last week’s American Indian Cultural Awareness Day at the Arlee School. Instead of English, math and science classes, students attended workshops on a variety of aspects of Native American culture last Thursday.  “It’s w...


New law for an old drug

Candidates for the state legislature are grappling with medical marijuana issues as more Montanans become patients and caregivers. When the 2011 legislature convenes in January, legislators will address areas from the patient approval process to caregiver regulations. In this article, local candidates discus...


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