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Lack of Internet access holds rural communities, students back

Across Montana, thousands of students are headed back to school to begin a new year of learning and growth. Unfortunately, many students in rural Montana remain at risk of falling behind due to the lack of broadband access in their communities. Broadband Internet has become indispensable both in the classroom and at home for students to become prepared to compete in the 21st Century economy and complete and submit their assignments. A top priority of the Montana Rural Education Association is to ensure our rural schools and communities are in a position to compete. But the homework gap created by the digital divide is a major concern. The Federal Communications Commission estimates...


Food pantry needs cash donations

Editor, It is that time of year again when the overwhelming 
generosity of the Town Pump manifests itself in their Matching Gift program. This year, Town Pump has increased its matching gift total to $12,000. For every cash donation made to Polson Loaves and Fish Food Pantry, the Town Pump will 
match it ...


Valley Voices for Sept. 25, 2019 Valley Voices for Sept. 25, 2019

Tina Biava Ronan, 9/20/19 “Well, I think a restraunt that would be open at night, and especially if it had some vegetarian entres. I’m not vegetarian, but I enjoy variety in what I eat.”   Anthony Meyers Ronan, 9/20/19 “Some kind of youth center. Yeah, somet...


Swan Valley grizzly killed: a reminder to keep wildlife natural

She was born on a cold winter day high above the headwaters in the same landscape where she later gave birth to celebrated triplets. She was loved by her neighbors, and many people experienced firsthand the wonder of those young siblings following mama through the forests they called home. Last week this shi...


Ben there done that

I used to pocket dial people from time to time. I always felt bad about it, and there seemed to be nothing that would fix the problem. Then one day a solution occurred to me.    First, you need to know how touchscreens on phones work. Most smartphones today use capacitive touchscreens. These scr...


Slices of Life

Last night my mom appeared in one of my dreams.  She passed away nine years ago – from Alzheimer’s. I haven’t been able to think about her – not really – since. It’s an ugly disease.  I’m weak to say so, but my last memories of her are haunting. I&rsq...


Forgiveness helps after being triggered

Editor, It occurs to me, with all the things going on in America right now, that we need to practice what my spiritually based social-teachings advocate. It is covered in one word. The word is “forgiveness.” This word can mean different things to different people. This is what it means to me. ...


Sharing thanks from food pantry

Editor, The Polson Loaves and Fish Pantry is so grateful. We are part of an awesome town with the most generous volunteers and supporters, and we want to say thanks. On Sept. 11, good folks from First Interstate Bank rolled up their sleeves and cleaned our building, scrubbing and painting until the pla...


Please thank a Direct Support Professional

Editor, Next week (Sept. 8-14) is Direct Support Professional Recognition Week. This is a weeklong celebration in recognition of the dedication and accomplishments of outstanding DSPs and their vital contribution to communities across the country.  Mission Mountain Enterprises employs 115 Direct S...


Giving thanks for great care

Editor,  St. Luke Community Healthcare: to everyone I’ve been lucky enough to cross paths with in the last eight months at the hospital, “Thank you.” Your caring, professionalism, courtesy and true concern have been second to none. Even the food was great, especially the pasties (wo...


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