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Charlo students gain experience through auto restoration class

It was dead silent on Charlo’s school grounds Feb. 25, as most of the student population was at home taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the school week. But it was a different story as the door swung open to Stan Atchely’s wood shop, where students and members of the Mission Valley Cruisers were hard at work restoring a classic 1972 Chevrolet El Camino. The automotive restoration class is offered to high school students, and the class has spent more than two years working to bring the car back to life. According to Atchely, they rebuilt the original 454-horsepower motor two years ago, before focusing on sandblasting the frame the last year. All that’s left ...


Lewandowski’s contract extended 1 year

ST. IGNATIUS — In a closed session at the end of an already three-hour long meeting, school board members convened with Superintendent Bob Lewandowski to go over his evaluation and contract. When they emerged, trustees voted to extend Lewandowski’s contract by one year, without a pay increase, re...


Charlo seeks to fill vacant trustee position

For the past six months, the Charlo School Board has been searching to fill a vacant seat on the board since long-standing board members Shannon O’Brien Murphy and Rhiannon Liberty resigned from their positions. The board still has one position to fill, but failed attempts have prompted them to give Di...


Honoring the past, serving the future

MISSION VALLEY — When Bonnie Huber became a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Dec. 7, 2002, she knew she was making a commitment. Not only was she committing herself to an organization whose members volunteer more than 250,000 hours annually to veteran patients, awards thousands ...


Students write, perform historical play

POLSON — Drama productions are labor intensive: casting the play, learning lines, blocking, constructing and painting the set, making costumes and practice, practice, practice. If the actors write the play, it’s even bigger. That’s what happened this year when upper school students at Missi...


Commissioners vote against cell phone ban

POLSON — No one spoke in favor of an ordinance prohibiting the use of cell phones and other handheld electronic communications devices while driving during a public hearing Feb. 22. But 10 community members did speak out against the proposed ordinance. From a rundown of the costs for hands-free cell...


Trial set for Polson man involved in Ponzi scheme

MISSOULA — Robert J. Congdon pleaded guilty to mail fraud, wire fraud, and 14 counts of money laundering in Federal Court on Feb. 22. Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch set sentencing for June 7. Congdon is currently released on special conditions and was listed as a former Polson resident. Congdon faces possi...


Sheriff’s Office employees sue Doyle, 3 others

MISSOULA — Controversy over allegations of corruption in the Lake County Sheriff's Department came to a head last week when Sheriff’s Deputies Steve Kendley, Michael Gehl, Ben Woods and Levi Read and former deputy Terry Leonard filed a complaint Feb. 21 in United States District Court. The men...


Whitefish Credit Union donates $3,203 to area food banks

POLSON — Around the state food pantries and banks have seen an increase in need but a decrease in funding. Reductions in federal budgets have cut the supply of USDA commodities to food banks throughout the U.S. But communities have rallied to donate where federal funding falls short. The Whitefis...


Saved by the belt

ARLEE — One of the first things junior Skyla Perry learned in her driver’s education class at Arlee High School saved her life. Before adjusting her mirrors or making sure she signaled before making a left; the most important step was to always buckle up. It was a habit Skyla and Shaylee practice...


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