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Ronan robotics team advances to national contest

RONAN — After a stellar performance Feb. 4 at the Montana FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament, the Ronan School District 30 robotics team will be heading to a national robotics tournament in just two months, robotics advisor Jesse Gray said. He couldn’t be prouder of the nine students on his team, and said he’s excited to see the kids shine at the national level. “(Qualifying for the national tournament) is gonna be really big for the program,” he said. Ronan’s robotics program was founded six years ago, and now several of the original team members are seeing their dreams realized. “Their goal six years ago was to go to the nati...

Tribes withdraw Bison Range appeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal court last week granted a joint motion filed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes dismissing their appeals of a Sept. 28 court decision that rescinded an annual funding agreement for the National Bison Range in Moiese. The...

County dismisses 3-year criminal case based in neighbor dispute

POLSON — If good fences made good neighbors, life on one lakeside lane off Highway 35 would be much more peaceful than history reveals. Over the past five years, a drama pitting next-door neighbors against each other has tainted life for four residents of Station Creek Way. The drama has involved civil...

Down but not out

POLSON — The fourth graders in Mrs. Perry’s class at Linderman School turned into textile designers during January to make a duvet cover for a special Navy SEAL, Chief Petty Officer Jonathan Cummings. How the fourth graders learned about Jonathan is quite a story, involving local businessman a...

Plum Creek awards $9,690 grant to student news network

POLSON — A $9,690 check from Plum Creek Timber Company Foundation will “basically upgrade the editing system” for The Polson News Network according to supervising teacher Clay Herring, Polson Middle School. PMS students would also like the equipment for live broadcasts, Herring added, and m...

Polson Driver Education program gets new car

POLSON —Polson Driver’s Education received a new car for their program in January from a Kalispell motor company. Kalispell Toyota donated the new car, a pale green Toyota Camry with only 20,000 miles on its odometer. Polson superintendent David Whitesell said John Hauss, who handles loca...

Missoula author talks about books, writing

POLSON — Linderman student Sean Calahan’s favorite book by Sneed B. Collard, III, is “Shep, Our Most Loyal Dog.” “It’s about a dog; his owner got sick and died. He (Shep) waited every night for years for his master at the train station,” Calahan explained. Li...

Barr, Reilley benefit raises nearly $5,000

POLSON — Polson Middle School was hopping on the evening of Feb. 5. Spearheaded by PMS staffers Kathy Fewlass, Rhonda Hinman, Amy Knutson, Sally Lemmon and Jim Steiner, a benefit lasagne dinner was in full swing. The lasagne dinner, silent auction and bake sale were the culmination of fundraising a...

Winter maintenance in full swing on irrigation project

ARLEE — Progress never comes easily, as several residents along Arlee’s Jocko Road found last week. When Merrill and Sunni Bradshaw got home Thursday evening, their back yard “looked like a bomb went off,” Merrill said. After some investigating, the Bradshaws learned that they were...

Mission loses 2 police officers

ST. IGNATIUS — St. Ignatius is once again hiring police officers after Tony Buff and Scott Sciaretta resigned last week. Buff’s resignation was effective immediately, and Sciaretta’s last day of employment is Feb. 11, Mayor Charley Gariepy noted at the Feb. 1 city council meeting. In Buf...

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