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School board candidates profiled

RONAN – Ronan School District will be holding its annual school election through mail ballot by May 3.  Darrell Clairmont and Adina Fuchs will be filing for one, one-year position, while Mark Clary, Roger Romero, and Wendy Thingelstad are filing for two, three-year positions for District 30. Mark Clary Trustee Mark Clary has served on the board for more than nine years. According to Clary, his top priority is making sure children get a quality education. Clary says that the biggest issue the board will face this upcoming year will most likely be budget cuts, depending on what the legislature decides. Clary is the water superintendent for Ronan, as well as the fire chief....


Down, but not out: Golden Eagle rehabilitates in Polson

Her name is Princess Leia and she will never fly again, but that doesn't mean her life is over. Customers at the Southshore Vet Clinic in Polson have been treated to a rare experience over the past few months as many have gotten the chance to see a Golden Eagle up close. Leia, an injured Golden Eagle, cam...


Pumpkin grower to share secrets

POLSON — Pumpkins that weigh 800 up to 1,000 pounds or more? If giant pumpkins pique your interest, come listen to Emmett May. May is a local giant pumpkin grower and contest winter. He’ll be sharing information at the Polson Indian Senior Citizens Center, 701 1st Street E, on April 26 from 6 to ...


Boy Scouts prepare Community Garden

POLSON — Boy Scouts from Troop 1947 were pushing wheelbarrows piled high with straw, raking, sprinkling compost and peat moss and breaking up clumps of straw as they readied the community garden for the 2011 gardening season.  The scouts, parents, siblings and community members gathered after s...


Special board meeting draws budget cut ideas

POLSON — The Polson School Board called a special meeting for April 28 at 9 a.m. with two agenda items, public participation on non-agenda items and budget cuts. About 50 teachers and paraprofessionals had questions. Audience members suggested a salary schedule for administrators and asked whether o...


Candidates discuss issues

POLSON — Voters will choose two candidates for three-year terms on the Polson School Board. Running for the seats are incumbents Vernon Finley and Mark A. Russell and Nancy J. Lindsey and Robert A. Ricketts.  In addition, incumbent Bob Hanson will seek another three-year term in the high sch...


Trustees continue staff cuts

POLSON — The Polson School Board called a special meeting on April 28 at 9 a.m. with two agenda items, public participation on non-agenda items and budget cuts. Although the trustees hoped to go through the budget line by line, about 50 teachers and paraprofessionals had questions. Audience members ...


Spang found guilty in stabbing death

POLSON — After a five-day trial in Judge C.B. McNeil’s court, Aaron Jess Spang was found guilty of mitigated deliberate homicide, a felony, in the stabbing death of 32-year-old Frank Martin He Does It on Nov. 27, 2010. Spang was also found guilty of possession of a dangerous drug, a felony. Th...


School board debates eligibility requirements

The Ronan school board had a tough time deciding if the current eligibility policy for students participating in after-school activities should be changed. The board asked for Ronan High School principal Tom Stack to gather updated statuses of policies of other schools and report back in the coming week. ...


Foundation educates community on bears

RONAN – With spring on the horizon, bears across northwestern Montana are beginning to wake up. World-renowned bear researcher Chuck Jonkel came to the Mission Valley this past week to educate students as well as the community about how to coexist with bears in our modern times. Jonkel presented at bot...


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