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Cherry growers discuss fruit flies, employment eligibility forms

Though it’s only March and there is still snow on the Mission Mountains, the Flathead Lake Cherry Growers are thinking ahead to pruning, spring, cherry blossoms and ripe red sweet cherries in the summer.  The FLCG held their 76th annual cherry growers meeting on March 26 at the Yellow Bay Club House. Mike Goodwin from Homeland Security in Denver gave a presentation on the I-9 form, an employment eligibility verification. The law dealing with the I-9 passed in 1986 and makes employers responsible for getting an employee’s name, citizenship and signature as well as documentation. The employee needs to “check a box and sign it,” Goodwin said. The cherry...


Plan spring cleaning for maximum efficiency

As winter snow thaws and the sun brings new life to the earth, the words “spring cleaning” strike fear into the hearts of homeowners everywhere. But spring cleaning doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It can be a rejuvenating experience — and quite a satisfying one — if properly pl...


Mission students head to national FCCLA event

ST. IGNATIUS — After putting in winning appearances at the 64th annual Montana Family, Career and Community Leaders of America State Leadership Conference March 17-19 in Billings, two members of Mission High School’s FCCLA club will be soon be on the road to Anaheim, Cali., for the national confe...


Time Crunch

ST. IGNATIUS — There’s been a lot of talk about dates in Mission this year, but so far, none of them are settled. A proposed schedule change for the 2011-12 middle and high school academic year has teachers in turmoil and the school board grappling with making the right decision for the St. Ignat...


Commissioners get the lowdown on downtown

POLSON — The Polson Community Development Agency’s fundraising sub-committee received $12,000 from its first mailing, according to Joslyn Shackelford, Alpine Landscape and Design. Shackelford, a volunteer on the committee, gave Polson City commissioners a PowerPoint update on progress on Main Str...


Cobell discusses class action lawsuit

MISSOULA — “I was just tired of it; I just decided I’d sue the government,” Elouise Cobell said, making the audience laugh. Speaking at the Lessons of Our Land series at the University of Montana Payne Family Native American Center on March 23, Cobell said she had grown tired to tr...


Friends, fellowship served at Shepherd’s Table

RONAN – Hot food and fellowship are always on the menu Tuesday nights at the Mission Valley Senior Citizens center. Since it’s beginning last fall, Shepherd’s Table has been providing the Ronan community with an opportunity to fill their bellies, catch up with old friends, and make new ones...


Charlo School District grapples with head lice

CHARLO – Charlo School Board was down a trustee during their meeting March 17 as board member Dianna Kelly was in Spokane with her daughter, where she receives chemo treatment. School board member Dianna Kelly’s daughter, Wisteria Liberty-Dupuis, who attends Dixon Elementary, was diagnosed with l...


Animal lovers raise funds for spay, neuter clinic

RONAN – In November, St. Luke Community Hospital employee Kim McMillie was approached by the Lake County Spay and Neuter Task Force, for help with the spay and neuter clinic. McMillie agreed, volunteering her time for the cause. The task force provides two free spay and neuter clinics a year.  ...


Ronan Parks department low on funding

RONAN –  Ronan City Council spoke with the city’s parks and recreation coordinator Jennifer Rolfsness Monday, March 14 to discuss funding issues for 2011. According to Rolfsness, the parks and recreation department is feeling the economic crunch after overspending in 2010. Rolfsness is cu...


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