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Arlee celebrates completion of new fire hall

ARLEE — Despite the chilly, drizzly fog that settled over Arlee Saturday, a festive air surrounded the new fire hall as the community gathered to celebrate the completion of the facility.  The building represents countless hours of planning and hard work that started back in 2001, when the fire board learned that the expansion of U.S. Highway 93 would cut off access to the existing facility that had housed the department for more than 50 years. “Now here it is, January of 2010, and we’re able to move in to our new fire hall,” fire board president Susan Black said at Saturday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. “We have a fire station that meets the need...


Ronan-Pablo School Board approves five-year teachers’ contract

RONAN — In a Ronan-Pablo School Board Meeting on Monday, the board approved the MTEC (Master Teacher Employment Contract) for the next five years. The contract states that the Ronan-Pablo School District must give a 15 percent raise to the Ronan and Pablo teaching staff spread across the next five year...


School board meeting packs Linderman library

POLSON — The library at Linderman Elementary School was jam packed on Jan. 11 for the Polson School Board meeting. School district employees, administrators, parents and community members gathered at the meeting for a chance to speak their piece on proposed administrative changes for the remainder of t...


St. Ignatius swears in council members, mayor

ST. IGNATIUS — At the Jan. 5 St. Ignatius Town Council meeting, Judge Sharon Richardson administered oaths of office to returning Mayor Charley Gariepy and council president Rod Arlint, as well as new council member Mack McConnell.  Gariepy also thanked appointed council member Mary Klawitter a...


Ronan to fill vacant city council positions

RONAN — On Monday at the first Ronan City Council meeting of 2010, the council addressed the vacancy of two city council member positions. Recently elected Keoki Lopez Devictoria sent a letter of resignation, and council member Richard Jungers passed away last week.  “We’ve lost a g...


More census workers needed on Flathead Reservation

Beginning in mid-March, census takers will be visiting every home on the Flathead Reservation. More than 300 area residents have already tested and qualified for census jobs, but there are still plenty of the temporary positions available, U.S. Census Bureau recruiting assistant Etta Moore said. Flathead ...


Valley runners raise $2,000 to benefit local boy

POLSON — On Saturday morning, 123 valley residents faced frigid temperatures at the Second Annual Jingle Jog, raising $2,000 for Layne Lozeau. Layne Lozeau has a rare disease called adrenoleukodystrophy.  Participants in the event ran or walked the five kilometers from Century 21 to Hack Road, ...


St. Joseph’s welcomes first baby of 2010

POLSON — Benny’s mom craved French silk pie and banana cream pie when she was pregnant. So, Benny might like cream pie, too, when he gets old enough to eat pie. Benny’s full name is Benjamin Louis Reed, and he was the first baby of the year at St. Joseph Medical Center.  Benny wa...


Motorist hits Regatta building

POLSON — An accident early Tuesday, Jan. 5, “made a drive-in out of the Regatta restaurant” according to Polson Chief of Police Doug Chase.  At about 3:30 a.m. Chris Nyland of Brainerd, Minn. was headed north on Highway 93. Nyland’s wife was asleep in the vehicle. Police belie...


Fire damages Pablo home

PABLO — Fire officials are still investigating a fire that damaged a Pablo residence on Saturday evening.  Ronan Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Clary said the fire started around a wood stove and significant fire damage was done to the living room and kitchen. He also noted that there was...


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