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Exceptional students honored

PABLO — Students and their families packed the cafeteria of the Joe McDonald building on the Salish and Kootenai College campus for the Upward Bound and Gear Up reception last Wednesday. The reception honored those students involved in the college preparatory programs and those who have achieved academic success in various educational endeavors. “The reason why the programs are so successful is because these people spend so much one on one time with the kids and support them in who they want to be,” Upward Bound and GEAR UP Grant Director Heather Licht said. The people Licht is referring to are the Upward Bound and Gear Up instructors, Sandra Dubruin, Aric Cooksle...


Medical pot pushed to back burner

POLSON — Opponents and proponents of an emergency moratorium on medical marijuana spoke at the Polson City Commission meeting on March 15. The meeting began at 7 p.m. and discussion began as soon as the proposed agenda was approved. Polson City Todd Crossett said the recommendation from staff was to...


Fairgrounds Fire Station officially opens

POLSON — A giant American flag fluttered and rolled over the new Fairgrounds Fire Station on Regatta Road on Saturday, March 13, drawing attention to the building.  The Polson Rural Fire District hosted an open house at the station from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  PRFD Chair Alison Meslin cut th...


Run helps Arlee’s ‘Friends’ give back to school

ARLEE — It’s almost time for the first run of the spring in Arlee, and there are more than a few good reasons to participate, no matter your stance on exercise. The annual Buttercup Run, a fundraiser for the Friends of Arlee School, Inc., is March 27, and every entrance fee goes directly to impro...


Police investigate stabbing in Wal-Mart parking lot

POLSON — Two women were involved in a stabbing incident in the Polson Wal-Mart parking lot at about 6 p.m. on Saturday.  According to Polson Police Department Assistant Chief John Stevens, a 20 year-old female allegedly stabbed a 22 year-old female. The victim drove herself to St. Joseph&rsq...


Rural Fire Board discusses personnel, consultant

BIG ARM — At the monthly meeting on March 10, the Polson Rural Fire District Trustees voted to hire an individual consultant, Scott Waldron, the Fire Chief at Hebgen Lake and West Yellowstone, to advise the board on the most efficient use of the new station (the Fairgrounds Fire Station) subject to the...


Fire crews burn condemned Ronan house

RONAN — A condemned house in Ronan went up in flames on Saturday when members of the Ronan Volunteer Fire Department carried out an order from the city to burn the two-story residence at 313 5th Ave SW. The house described by neighbors as a “big ugly green thing” was as an eyesore for th...


Spell bound

After seven rounds, only two spellers remained under the lights in the Ronan Performing Arts Center last Thursday night.  Charlo eighth-grader Timber Munson had just been eliminated when she misspelled “tragic,” and victory was close for Polson eighth-grader Cody Baer and Ronan seventh-gr...


Quilt's new owner meets quiltmakers

POLSON — Xochitl Holdbrook brought the black, purple and turquoise Mardi Gras quilt back to the Polson Senior Center to meet the ladies who made the quilt.  Master quilters Mary Arden and Betty Gerrity hand quilted the top, which was pieced by local quilter Babs Brown. Arden and Gerrity started...


Math counts for Ronan Middle School math team

RONAN — Nine middle school mathematicians sit in a classroom during their lunch break, calculating. Their instructor, Shawn Harris, throws another problem on the screen from her computer, which incites a flurry of activity and scribbling on white boards until one student blurts out an answer. Another d...


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