The Char-Koosta News follows an "emotional and controversial" school board session where trustees voted 6-1 to place the Ronan High School's "Chiefs" and "Maidens" logos on the school gym floor. The board took two hours of testimony, much from residents who asked the board to find different names for the school teams.
Flathead Lake water quality is in growing danger from pollution, a conference of state, federal and tribal researchers agreed last month. The Bigfork Eagle follows water-monitoring efforts and ideas to prevent future algae blooms, which hurt the lake's trout population. Runoff from urban developments, inadequate septic systems, mining, timber harvest, and recreational use of the lakes were among the culprits identified as hurting the water quality.
Sen. Max Baucus is lobbying to release funds for asbestos-related health care programs, according to the Libby Western News. Baucus was meeting with federal Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson in Washington, D.C. to deliver $100,000 needed at the Center for Asbestos-Related Disease and the Lincoln County Community Health Center in Libby.
And the Missoula Independent follows up its coverage of troubled times for Kalispell's Stream International with new reports that another Stream facility in Silver City, N.M. plans to close in July. Both facilities were subsidized with public funds. The Independent alleges that the Kalispell facility managers banned the weekly newspaper from the site and blocked employee Internet access to the Independent's Website.