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RONAN — Making a change can be hard, just ask the members of the Ronan School Board. After more than an hour-and-a-half of discussion between the board, school administrators and citizens Monday evening, the board made the tough decision to move Ronan into Class B beginning next school year. By virtue of a 6-1 vote, the board decided to make the drop to Class B as enrollment at the high school has made a steady decline over the past few years.  “We have a difficult decision in front of the board tonight,” Board Chair Chris Lynch told the more than two dozen in attendance. “I have swayed back and forth. We are here tonight because the Montana High School...

Benson wraps up Mack Days championship

Hot Springs angler Mike Benson has taken all the suspense out of the 2010 Fall Mack Days. With only two days of fishing left to determine the 2010 Fall Mack Days top angler, Mike Benson’s best 12-day average is 47.75 fish. His closest competitor is Scott Bombard, who’s averaged 37.25. He is fo...

Charlo fair promotes health, flu vaccinations

CHARLO — The Charlo Parent Teacher Association is doing their best to keep the flu at bay this season by hosting the second annual Health Fair.  Along with flu vaccines, an array of health information and prevention materials were available Thursday evening in Charlo’s new multi-purpose r...

Cherry Valley continues work on playspace

POLSON — Kindergarten and first grade children at Cherry Valley School are like children everywhere; most of them love to go out for recess. Wiggly little bodies need time to run, jump, skip, swing on the rings, shoot down the slides and hide in the trees. Cherry Valley staff has worked at provid...

Holiday musical festivities bring merriment to Ronan

RONAN — This holiday season warm up your festive feelings with local Christmas entertainment.  The Ronan School Music Department started practicing for their Christmas programs this week and will be presenting numerous concerts for the community’s enjoyment in the Ronan Performing Arts Ce...

Food pantries offer help to needy, seek donations

From Polson to Arlee, local food pantries are gearing up for their busiest time of year: the holiday season. And they all depend on community support — volunteers, food and financial donations — to help lessen the burden on needy families. “Our job is to help people the best we can,&rdqu...

Society offers haven for veterans, families

According to the United States Department of Defense, more Native Americans per capita have fought for their country than any other ethnic group. That also means there's a high percentage of veterans among Indians.  In tribal tradition, warriors returning from conflict were ceremoniously welcomed hom...

Decades in the making: park is recreational relief for Ronan

RONAN — The route of Spring Creek is a twisted one. Flowing south through Ronan, it weaves its way under U.S. Highway 93, bursting into open air when it arrives in the beautiful expanse in the middle of town called Bockman City Park.  Four decades ago, the 15 acres surrounding Spring Creek were...

Bison Range readies for winter with small staff

MOEISE — As winter creeps ever closer, activity at the National Bison Range continues to die down — a fact Project Manager Jeff King is especially thankful for this year.  His staff is still short about 13 full-time people as he continues “waiting on decisions high above my level&rd...

North Crow wreck leaves one injured

NORTH CROW — A one-vehicle wreck on North Crow Road left a male teenager injured on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.  The Ronan Volunteer Fire Department, Salish and Kootenai Tribal Police and Ronan Ambulance responded to the call after a passerby called law enforcement agencies.  According...

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