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St. Regis School is accepting new students who are 4 years old by Sept. 10, 2018. Please bring birth certificates and immunization records to registration.

Half Day Kindergarten Begins Tuesday, Sept. 4. School times are Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to noon. Drop off students in the classroom between 8 and 8:15 a.m.. Pick up students in the cafeteria from 11:50 a.m. to noon. Free breakfast and lunch for all school children.

Free hearing aid service clinic

The Hearing Aid Institute will be at the Superior Clinic on Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon for a FREE hearing aid service. Hearing aids will be cleaned and checked. Any make or model can be inspected, and hearing test will be available. If you are having trouble hearing or understanding conversation, or if you are missing certain sounds that you used to hear, call for an appointment to have your hearing checked. There is no charge for this service, and questions will be answered.

The Hearing Aid Institute has been in business in the state of Montana for 74 years. Mike Van De Riet has 29 years of experience in the industry and locally in Superior area.

Please call 406-543-5025 to schedule an appointment.

MDT proposes I-90 re-surfacing

The Montana Department of Transportation is seeking comments on a proposal to rehabilitate the concrete pavement on about seven miles of Interstate 90 near St. Regis in Mineral County.

The project begins 5.5 miles west of St. Regis at reference post 27.9 and extends east for 6.9 miles, ending near an existing median crossover at reference post 34.9.

Proposed work includes replacing damaged concrete panels and installing dowel bars to stabilize the concrete joints. Other work includes upgrading pavement markings, signage and guardrail. The purpose of the project is to rehabilitate the existing concrete pavement to extend the service life of the pavement.

The project is tentatively scheduled for construction in 2021, depending on completion of all project development activities and availability of funding.

No new right-of-way or utility relocations will be needed.

For more information, contact Missoula District Administrator Ed Toavs at 406-523-5802 or Project Design Engineer Aaron Mason at 406-444 0868. Members of the public may submit written comments to the MDT Missoula office at P.O. Box 7039, Missoula, MT 59807-7039, or online at mdt.mt.gov/mdt/comment_form.shtml.

Public comment opens for proposed new grizzly rule

Public comment on the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem grizzly bear population administrative rule starts today and ends Oct. 26.

The rule will provide a regulatory framework for the NCDE population objectives outlined in the conservation strategy recently completed by the NCDE subcommittee of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee and found here.

Comments should focus on the content of the proposed rule. Comments can be submitted in writing, via email or at the following public hearings.

Public Hearings

Sept. 18 – Great Falls, Great Falls College-MSU, 2100 16th Avenue S., 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 19 – Conrad, High School, 308 S. Illinois St., 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 26 – Missoula, Holiday Inn Downtown, 600 S. Pattee St., 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 27 – Kalispell, Flathead Valley Community College, Arts and Technology Building, 777 Grandview Drive, 6:30 p.m.

Comments can be submitted either orally or in writing during the hearings. Comments can also be submitted by mail to Grizzly Bear ARM, Wildlife Division, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, Montana, 59620-0701; or by e-mail to fwpgrizzlybeararm@mt.gov, and must be received no later than Oct. 26, 2018. Comments can also be submitted online.

Background

The NCDE conservation strategy identifies a demographic monitoring area (DMA) that is home to the core population of grizzly bears in the NCDE. The DMA is comprised of the primary conservation area (which includes Glacier National Park and parts of five national forests including the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex), and an area identified as zone 1, which is a buffer zone outside the primary conservation area. The objective in this area, as detailed in the conservation strategy, is continual occupancy by grizzly bears, which will require maintaining good habitat conditions and adhering to population criteria.

Precise population estimates are difficult to obtain. The population objective for the DMA aims to continually maintain a population size above 800 bears with at least 90 percent certainty. Effectively, this would mean managing for a population of approximately 1,000 grizzly bears in the DMA.

Farmers markets

The Alberton Farmers Market is held every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Community Center parking lot.

The Superior Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon on River Street until Sept. 26.

Senior Centers

Superior Senior Center serves free dinners to residents who are 90 years old and older. Dinner is every Wednesday starting at 4:30 p.m.

St. Regis Senior Center menu: Aug. 30, Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich.

Each Thursday you can take your entire family out for dinner and wonderful camaraderie at the St. Regis Senior Center and let Hazel Cromwell do the cooking for you. Many times there will be a little entertainment, but you will always hear the latest news from those in the crowd. Aug. 30 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The Alberton Senior Center serves lunches each Tuesday and Thursday at noon.

Lice alert

The Mineral County Health Department posted on Facebook that head lice are circulating around Mineral County. Please make sure you check you kid’s head and properly treat before they go back to school. If you have questions about recognition, appropriate treatment, follow-up, prevention or your school’s policy, please call the Mineral County Health Department at 822-356.

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