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Cancer survivor warns students about tobacco

 KICKING HORSE — Rick Bender is sometimes referred to as the “man without a face.” With only one third of his tongue remaining and only one half of his jaw, Bender is a living testimony to the life-altering affects of tobacco. On Friday at the Through with Chew seminar in the gymnasium at Kicking Horse Job Corps, Bender spoke for about 45 minutes on the dangers of what he calls ‘spit tobacco’.  Bender, who started chewing tobacco when he was 12, considered smokeless tobacco a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes.  But when he was 25 years old, he developed a sore on the side of tongue. In March of 1989 he was diagnosed with oral cance...


Barry Webb receives high school diploma

POLSON — Barry Webb got a special valentine on Friday, Feb. 12. — a high school diploma. At a gathering at Cherry Valley School at about 2:30 p.m., Polson High School Principal Bill Appleton presented Barry with a PHS diploma as well as a mortarboard and tassel. Barry’s tassel sported a ...


Fire meeting generates lively discussion

POLSON — Opinions were expressed and voices were raised at the Polson Rural Fire District Trustees meeting on Feb. 10.  Big Arm resident Paul Maurer gave his opinion when he spoke to the trustees before any business was conducted. Maurer’s concern was that the new fire station, a $230,000...


Concerned citizens pack Ronan Community Center

RONAN — For the second time this year, the Ronan Community Center was filled nearly to capacity on a Tuesday evening as local concerned citizens’ group Calling All Conservatives held its monthly meeting Feb. 9. “We’re just really pleased with what we’ve seen these first two e...


Trustees hear presentations, approve MOA

POLSON — Multiple presentations led to a long Polson School Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 8 at 5 p.m.  Head Speech Coach Judie Woodhouse and Assistant Coach Janis Jette donned their new Polson Speech Debate and Drama shirts, grabbed a selection of hardware won this speech season and accompa...


Ronan High School robotics team wins Innovate Award, fourth place

BOZEMAN — The Ronan High School Robotics Team snatched the Innovate Award and took fourth last weekend at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition. The team competed against robotics teams from all over the state of Montana on the Montana State University’...


School board approves superintendent contract

RONAN — At a Ronan/Pablo School Board Meeting Monday, the board unanimously approved the contract for Superintendent Andy Holmlund until 2013. Holmlund’s contract was extended from two years to three years. Indian Education Coordinator Leslie Caye presented the Mid-Year Indian Education Report...


Eighth-graders present peer mediation program

POLSON — “Peer mediations are not usually this good,” Wyatt Lytton told the audience at the Superintendent’s Community Council.  Lytton, Alisha and Melina Jore, Sharidan Russell and Claire Bick are all 8th graders at Polson Middle School (PMS), and they were demonstrating how ...


Grant to benefit local businesses

 RONAN — In a slow economy, small business owners need all the help they can get. And thanks to The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Lake County Community Development Corporation, relief for a few such businesses in Ronan is on the way.  If everything goes as planned, Mission Val...


Man jumps from bridge

POLSON — A male apparently attempted suicide by jumping off the Armed Forces Memorial Bridge into the icy waters of Flathead Lake at about 5 p.m. on Feb. 3.  Polson Police Chief Doug Chase credited Polson Police Sergeant Wade Nash and Tribal Law Enforcement Officer Orsino Walker with jumping in...


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