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Students rally to aid Haiti relief efforts

ST. IGNATIUS — Little more than week after a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, the city at the heart of one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, St. Ignatius Elementary students have joined what the Red Cross says may be the largest relief effort in the organization’s history. Second through fourth-grade students in TEA (Targeted Enrichment Activities) classes sponsored by Susan Batiuchok and speech teacher Roberta Haynes put their chef hats on and baked dozens of cookies, Rice Krispies treats, brownies and muffins to sell during lunch periods in the cafeteria. In just two days, the group raised $682 for the Red Cross Haiti Relief and ...


Charlo still negotiating with classified staff

CHARLO — At a Charlo School Board meeting last Tuesday, school bus driver Jack Willet addressed the board on behalf of the Charlo Classified Association. Negotiations between the union and the Charlo Negotiations Committee have been ongoing since last spring when Charlo Classified Association formed.&n...


Ronan Volunteer Fire Department purchases new rescue vehicle

RONAN — Last Thursday night emergency lights flashed at the Ronan Volunteer Fire Department as the firefighters buzzed around, playing with the newest addition to their fleet: a brand new Jaws of Life Rescue Vehicle.  The purchase of the $150,000 vehicle was a joint effort between the Ronan Rur...


Commission considers site for sewer treatment

POLSON — Fred Phillips from Great West Engineering in Helena attended the Polson City Commissioners meeting on Jan. 20 to provide more information on the proposed sites for the headworks/sewer treatment location.  The sites under consideration are the old Tamsco building on the east side of Ker...


Ronan City Council authorizes 10-mill tax levy

RONAN — In a Ronan City Council Meeting on Monday, the council  authorized a tax levy of 10 mills for the Ronan Fire Relief Association, a fund set up for retired firefighters and distributed by the Ronan Volunteer Fire Department Board of Trustees. The city authorized the full 10 mills after h...


Property owners bend representatives' ears on property taxes, appraisals

POLSON — People concerned and angry about their property appraisals and the resulting rise in their property taxes filled the large meeting room at the Lake County Courthouse. Approximately 108 property owners, realtors and legislators and other interested parties showed up at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 for ...


Polson firefighters compare favorably with other local departments

POLSON — Craig Jeppeson, an instructor from the Montana Fire School, came to the Polson Rural Fire District Trustees monthly meeting on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at the request of Fire Chief John Fairchild. Jeppeson had spent a significant amount of time compiling a comparison of five area fire departments, in...


Alleged meth dealers in custody after high-speed car chase

CHARLO — A wild car chase through southern Lake County on Jan. 20 ended safely with the arrests of two Idaho men on drug-related charges. Driver Dustin Jade Morgan, 23, and passenger and car owner Stephen Dale Leischner, also 23, led law enforcement officers on a nearly 50-mile chase that reached sp...


Change for change: kids help fund education in Middle East

ARLEE — Some whisper; some chant; some are silent except for the copper clinking in their hands. It’s Pennies for Peace time again in Arlee Elementary teacher Sibley Ligas’ second-grade class, and the youngsters are turning piles of loose change into neat stacks, meticulously counting each ...


Principal candidates interview, visit Polson

POLSON — Rob Hankins, Jim Howard, Thom Peck and Tom Wissink took a look at Polson and Polson High School on Jan. 14 and 15.  The four men were in town to interview for the position of Polson High School Principal.  According to Polson Superintendent David Whitesell, the four candidates ...


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