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Montana begins implementing language preservation changes

News from Alex Sakariassen, Montana Free Press MONTANA — Montana’s Office of Public Instruction on Friday opened public comment on a raft of proposed rule changes impacting the Montana Indian Language Preservation Program, a decade-old initiative to bolster Indigenous language proficiency in the state’s 12 tribal nations. The rule changes are a key step in OPI’s implementation of House Bill 287, which passed the 2023 Legislature with strong bipartisan support and was signed into law by Gov. Greg Gianforte in May. HB 287 sponsor, Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy, D-Box Elder, told Montana Free Press this week that his intent was to take the program — a result of ...


Shawntaya Burland makes honor roll at SCC

News from SCC SPOKANE, WA — Shawntaya Burland of Polson has earned a place on the Spokane Community College Honor Roll for Spring quarter 2023. Students on the honor roll earned a GPA of 3.0 or above. Congratulations to you on this academic achievement! Community Colleges of Spokane is a dynami...


Kilty Edwards achieves spring 2023 Dean’s List

News from University of Dallas IRVING, Texas — Kilty Edwards of Polson was named to the spring 2023 Dean’s List at the University of Dallas for earning a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher. Edwards is a sophomore mathematics major. Undergraduate students at the University of Dallas must comple...


Almost half of Medicaid recipients reviewed in April lost coverage

MONTANA — Nearly half of Montanans whose Medicaid eligibility was reviewed in April lost coverage, according to new information published Tuesday by the state health department.  In total, 15,471 Montanans assessed in April had their Medicaid coverage discontinued, with the vast majority, just ...


New school accreditation rules take effect

News from OPI HELENA – The new school accreditation rules in ARM 10.55 took effect on July 1. School accreditation standards include rules on curriculum, class sizes, teacher and staff qualifications, Indian Education for All, and student learning assessment to ensure all students receive a qualit...


Aquatic invasive species teacher workshop on Flathead Lake open to registration

News from FW&P KALISPELL — Montana teachers are invited to learn about aquatic invasive species at a free workshop on Flathead Lake this fall. Registration is open for a multi-day workshop Oct. 19-21, 2023, at the Flathead Lake Biological Station near Polson. The workshop is for K-12 scienc...


Scholarship awards go to Ronan seniors Scholarship awards go to Ronan seniors

News from the Kristine S. Meili Memorial Scholarship board RONAN — The Kristine S. Meili Memorial Scholarship board would like to announce the recipients of the 2023 awards: Robbie McCrea, Alyssa Pretty On Top, Tyler Corum, Margaret Cordova, and Olivia Heiner all received $5,000 scholarships, and ...


Arlee student honored at annual SkillsUSA Workforce Development event

News from Skills USA ATLANTA, GEORGIA — Sackett Andres, from Arlee and a student at St. Ignatius High School, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Cabinetmaking for excellence at the 2023 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Atlanta, on June 21-22. More than 6,000 students competed at the national...


SKC student Jane Dempsey receives scholarship SKC student Jane Dempsey receives scholarship

News from Linda Bone,  P.E.O Chapter CA chair of JHH Scholarship POLSON — P.E.O. Chapter CA received notification of their candidate, Jade Dempsey being selected for the 2023-2024 Jane Hammer Holmgren Scholarship (JHHS). The scholarship recognizes an outstanding Montana Women who is pursui...


Ronan High School 4th quarter honor roll

4.0 Freshmen: Hayley A. Bergh, Tobias R. Cantlon, Owen M. Day, Leona S. Dodson Howe,  Carter R. Gainan, Charles L. Hakes, Drew W. Holmlund, Sadler L. McCollum, Sara A. McConnell, Rowan R. Parks, Sarah I. Templer, Bailee R. Woll   Sophomores: Tristan M. Buckallew, Lauryn T. Buhr, Tayen R...


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