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Charlo girls learn self defense from trained officer

CHARLO – “Hit, hit, hit,” yells self-defense instructor Levi Read during warm up drills behind the Charlo High School gym Friday evening. “Good, now let’s move on to chokeholds.” Each night 6-8 Charlo High School junior and senior girls, plus a few mothers of the girls come out for the two hour class where Read teaches laws that protect them, along with different maneuvers to protect themselves if attacked. This includes learning how to properly take a gun away and how to roll out of being confined in a chokehold. “All the girls have learned a lot so far,” Charlo senior Kinley Pope said. “Levi has helped to build up our confidence ...


Winning tradition

MISSOULA — Crouched outside of the arena, camera in hand, Danielle Schulz could not be more proud of her eleven-year-old daughter Lilly. Using a pig cane, Lilly guides her pig Dill Pickle away from other presenters and their pigs. Lilly looks over at her mother and smiles. Lilly and Dill Pickle were...


Book lovers unite for summer reading

RONAN – As summer’s end draws near, many area youngsters will be heading back to school soon. According to Ronan Public Library Director Michelle Fenger, studies show children maintain their reading level, if not increase it, by reading while away from school during the summer. To motivate childr...


Dixon poet prepares to publish third book

ARLEE — Poet Victor Charlo wrote his first book even before he knew how to write. When he was a small child, Charlo’s parents bought him a pencil, pad of paper and a gum eraser. Though he only knew how to fill the pages with scribbles, that experience ignited a love for words and storytelling tha...


Casting Call: Arlee stages first full production play

ARLEE — Two days ago Linda Grinde and Victor Charlo did not know if they would have any actors to stage Charlo’s play. Earlier that week the lead actor called Grinde to tell her he had a prior obligation he forgot about before he accepted the part. “Oh no, he was really good, too,”...


Fresh off the Farm

RONAN – Nestled in the foothills of the mighty Mission Mountain range lies a six-acre slice of heaven that makes one feel as if they have traveled back in time to a more simple way of living. As the sun casts purple and orange hues onto the nearby Mission Mountains, one could hear family children laugh...


Trustees discuss engaging community to help students

RONAN – During Ronan School District’s regularly scheduled school board meeting last April 11, a lengthy discussion took place regarding eligibility requirements for athletes and participants in extra-curricular activities. Tom Anderson, a new trustee at the time, requested that he meet with trus...


Encampment stresses understanding culture

The cows were ousted from the Agnes Vanderburg camp on Valley Creek for a week-long encampment for teachers from the Flathead area, Missoula and the Flathead Reservation Head Start teachers. Sponsored by the Big Sky Science Partnership and funded by the National Science Foundation, one of the camp’s...


Library serves community and public needs

ST. IGNATIUS — A few boys on bikes ride through the empty parking lot at St. Ignatius High School. In a few more weeks, students will once again fill the hallways and classrooms that are vacant during the summer, except for one corner building, the high school library, that also serves as a public libr...


Ronan honors first responders

RONAN – On Aug. 11 at the Bockman park in Ronan, the Ronan Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their first-ever First Responders Appreciation picnic to give a warm thank-you for all their dedication and hard work. The event honored members of the Ronan Fire, Ronan Police, Tribal Police and Ronan Ambulance ...


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