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Annual Buttercup Run draws hundreds

ARLEE — To the south, clouds hung low, skimming the treetops covering Evaro Hill. But the early afternoon sun pierced through the overcast sky, uncovering a brilliant blue sky and warm sun as runners from near and far flocked to the 2012 Buttercup Run in Arlee to bask in the spring day. “It was a really good (turnout),” said Friends of Arlee board member Cherie Garcelon. “It was sunny and it was just beautiful. It was perfect weather.” And maybe it was those pleasing temperatures that drew people out to participate. Garcelon said a higher than usual number of runners signed up for late registration With less than a hour before the start of the race approx...

Healthy hearts: women fundraise to fight heart disease

POLSON — The squeak of basketball shoes and the rhythmic thud of basketballs came from Linderman Gym, but it was not a high school team playing. To benefit heart health, the Blood Clotters and the Defibrillators were practicing for their face-off at Linderman School gym on April 13 at 7:30 p.m. Admissi...

Board approves PCEA contract

POLSON — The Polson School Board ratified a tentative agreement with the Polson Classified Education Association at the special board meeting March 27 by a vote of 4-2. But the vote didn’t come easily. Although she didn’t oppose the PCEA’s proposed contract, trustee Kelly Bagnel...

Ronan City Council adopts park master plan

RONAN – After more than two years’ tedious work developing the Ronan Parks Master Plan and multiple failed attempts to have it approved, the Ronan Parks Board finally saw success March 26 when the Ronan City Council unanimously approved the plan. Despite additional seats to accommodate the larger...

School board approves master agreement

ST. IGNATIUS — After 15 months of negotiations, the St. Ignatius School District and certified employees have come to an agreement for the 2010-11 school year. The agreement includes a 4-percent increase on employees’ base salary. Employees will also receive a $50 increase per month in district h...

Parents voice opinions at Charlo meeting

CHARLO — A larger-than-normal crowd was in attendance at Charlo’s regular school board meeting March 20, mainly to voice concerns with how school administration handled travel arrangements for the boys’ basketball team to the Divisional Tournament in Butte. One community member read a lette...

Brownie Scouts prepare for Easter egg hunt

POLSON — It was controlled chaos. Hundreds of brightly colored Easter eggs and pieces of candy were scattered around a circle of Brownie Scouts. The Brownies filled each egg with a piece of candy and then clicked the plastic egg pieces together. Brownie Troop 337 was helping the Alpha Upsilon chapte...

Trustees discuss superintendent search options

POLSON — The search for a new superintendent was first on the agenda at a special school board meeting on March 20. While Superintendent David Whitesell’s resignation leaves the district in interim superintendent Bill Appleton’s hands, now is the time of year administrators are searching fo...

Horseman, railroad man celebrates turning 100

POLSON — “Colonel was the best horse I ever owned,” Jim Eichhorn said. And Eichhorn might have ridden a few horses to compare to Colonel, an appaloosa, since he turned 100 years old March 21. He gave up training horses at age 97. His granddaughter, Jackie Trujillo, invited friends of ...

City manager leads impact fee discussion

POLSON — Using the whiteboard in council chambers, Polson City Manager Todd Crossett took the mayor, city commissioners and audience back to their school days when he facilitated a discussion on impact fees at the March 19 city commissioner meeting. Impact fees have been a hot topic for the commissi...

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