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Budget cuts on the table

POLSON — A special school board meeting held on May 23 at the Polson High School Library saw trustees tussling with a $501,217 deficit in the elementary school budget. Superintendent David Whitesell presented recommendations for cuts to the budget. These included nonrenewal of five paraprofessionals and non-replacement of four paraprofessionals, not rehiring Title 1 teachers and academic coaches in the elementary school. A proposal to reduce hours for the Cherry Valley school nurse from 27 to 20 hours per week for $5,149 was taken off the table.  Other proposals were shifting salaries for a half time Polson Middle School band teacher, .37 PMS choir teacher and half ti...

Second all-school powwow held in Polson

Second Last minute challenges — rain and no master of ceremonies — couldn’t stop the Polson All-School Powwow on May 24.  The powwow moved indoors to the middle school gym. The custodial staff simply covered the floor with plastic, and Shandin Pete, Arlee, stepped up as emcee.&...

Ronan High School celebrates graduation

RONAN — After a standing ovation, commencement speaker Tomy Parker had practical advice for Ronan High School’s class of 2011.  “You need to set goals,” Parker said, “short term, long term … If you don’t have a goal, you are never going to get anywhere.&rdqu...

Arlee teachers lose bet for good cause

Physical education teacher Shawn Orr sat in a lawn chair beside a campfire outside of the Arlee Elementary School. Usually Orr was home by now, but tonight he was spending the night mere feet from work. As the last rays of the warm evening light disappeared, some grade school students joined Orr and fello...

National Commander visits Pablo war memorial

It was a day of remembrance, honor and relationship building as American Legion national commander Jimmie Foster traveled to Pablo on May 17 to meet with the Mission Valley Honor Guard and members of the Veteran Warrior Society at the Warrior/Veterans Wall of Remembrance next to CSKT tribal headquarters. Par...

Traditional games promote cultural awareness

Peyton Lammerding, 9, wove a lime green string quickly between her fingers and around the wrist of a young boy helping her demonstrate. She then lifted her hands and pulled the string down, almost magically seeming to cut through his arm with the string.  The trick, called “cut the hand,&rdq...

McGeaughays receive grant for ‘high tunnel’

Most tunnels push their way through rock or dirt, but the “high tunnel” at McGeaughay Old Time Farms is above ground and blindingly white against the shimmering green of spring grass. The high tunnel will be used to grow vegetables; it is 105 feet long and 24 feet wide with a wooden frame and a p...


POLSON — “It smells like a new tent,” student Isaac Janeway observed.  Janeway and his classmates watched University of Montana doctoral student Katie Hoffman don gloves and prepare to dissect a sheep’s brain.  The kids in Mrs. Perry’s fourth grade class were tak...

Celebratory bash planned

POLSON — July 8 is going to be a great day for Polson, according to Karen McMullen and Tana Seeley. McMullen chairs the Streetscape Fundraising Committee, and Seeley is project director for Mission Valley Aquatics.  Mission Valley Aquatics will break ground on phase one of their indoor aquatic ...

Cherry Valley salutes veterans

POLSON — A sea of kindergarten and first grade students at Cherry Valley looked even tinier sitting on the gym floor looking up at seated rows of veterans. Each month Cherry Valley students learn a different virtue, and May’s virtue is service, according to Cherry Valley principal Elaine Meeks...

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