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Polson firefighters compare favorably with other local departments

POLSON — Craig Jeppeson, an instructor from the Montana Fire School, came to the Polson Rural Fire District Trustees monthly meeting on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at the request of Fire Chief John Fairchild. Jeppeson had spent a significant amount of time compiling a comparison of five area fire departments, including Polson. And Polson came out looking good. Out of the 300 training hours available to Polson and Polson Rural firefighters each year, the firefighters (40 on the roster and 25 active) averaged 261 hours of training. (To qualify for a volunteer firefighter pension, a firefighter has to have 30 hours of training per year.)  “These are big numbers,” Jeppeson sa...


Alleged meth dealers in custody after high-speed car chase

CHARLO — A wild car chase through southern Lake County on Jan. 20 ended safely with the arrests of two Idaho men on drug-related charges. Driver Dustin Jade Morgan, 23, and passenger and car owner Stephen Dale Leischner, also 23, led law enforcement officers on a nearly 50-mile chase that reached sp...


Change for change: kids help fund education in Middle East

ARLEE — Some whisper; some chant; some are silent except for the copper clinking in their hands. It’s Pennies for Peace time again in Arlee Elementary teacher Sibley Ligas’ second-grade class, and the youngsters are turning piles of loose change into neat stacks, meticulously counting each ...


Principal candidates interview, visit Polson

POLSON — Rob Hankins, Jim Howard, Thom Peck and Tom Wissink took a look at Polson and Polson High School on Jan. 14 and 15.  The four men were in town to interview for the position of Polson High School Principal.  According to Polson Superintendent David Whitesell, the four candidates ...


York leaves Linderman for OPI position

POLSON — Linderman Elementary School Principal Steve York will be leaving School District #23. York’s last day will be Jan. 22, and he starts his new job at the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) on Feb. 1. York’s title at OPI will be Deputy Director/Assistant Superintendent of Educational ...


Charlo wins in scholarly competition

CHARLO — At the academic bowl last Wednesday, Charlo Middle School Academic Bowl team defeated three other Lake County middle schools in an all day competition.  The academic bowl is a scholarly competition that consists of written and oral exams in history, science, math, logic and English. Te...


Seniors enjoy virtual bowling in St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS — You’d think a junior high girls’ group was having a party, with all the squeals and giggles coming from inside the St. Ignatius Senior Citizens Center Monday morning. But it was just a bunch of senior ladies enjoying their weekly Wii bowling session, a tradition that started ...


SKC helps local children remember MLK, celebrate diversity

PABLO — For elementary students in Lake County, keeping the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. alive became an interactive, hands-on experience last Thursday.  More than 400 children came to the Diversity Fair at Salish Kootenai College, which was part of the week-long program “Celebrate th...


Israel deports local Lutheran volunteer

Faith Rowold, daughter of Pastor Paul and Donna Rowold of Polson, is in Prague, Czech Republic, after being denied entry to Israel. Rowold had been a volunteer with the Lutheran Church in Jerusalem for the past two years. Rowold, 27, was returning to Israel from the Czech Republic with her partner, Jared ...


Local political activism group aims to educate, encourage participation in government

RONAN — A local grassroots political activism group kicked off with a bang last week in Ronan. Calling All Conservatives, a group formed by several community members concerned with the state of the U.S. government, held its first event Jan. 12 at the Ronan Community Center. For St. Ignatius resident...


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