Local briefs: Flathead Indian Reservation outdoor burning period closes soon

| November 25, 2020 7:00 AM

The Division of Fire Prevention program would like to remind the public that open debris burning closes for the winter on Monday, Nov. 30. Open debris burning will open back up March 1.

For more information, follow the division on Facebook. Search for CSKT Division of Fire. If you have any questions contact the Division of Fire at (406) 676-2550.

Dixon Senior Center opens doors again

Dixon Senior Center has opened its doors for eating in, while adhering to social distancing precautions. The center continues to accept takeout meal requests. Meals will be served at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. They cost $4 per serving and will be delivered to Dixon residents upon request.

Upcoming meals include meatloaf, potatoes, vegetable, rolls and dessert on Monday, or roast, mashed potatoes, fruit/vegetable, rolls and dessert on Thursday, Dec. 3.

Feel welcome to place an order in advance, call 406-246-3310. All ages are always welcome.

Polson KOA honored at international convention

The Polson/Flathead Lake KOA Holiday received the 2021 Kampgrounds of America President’s Award and KOA Founder’s Award on Nov. 17 at KOA’s annual international convention.

The KOA Founder’s Award, named in honor of Dave Drum, who founded KOA on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Billings in 1962, is KOA’s highest service award. It is awarded exclusively to those KOA campground owners and managers who attain world-class scores in both customer service and the KOA quality review.

The KOA President’s Award is presented to those campgrounds meeting exceptional quality standards and who receive high customer service scores from their camping guests. KOA surveys hundreds of thousands of campers each year regarding their KOA camping experience.

State grants available for businesses ready to rehire

Small businesses in Montana are urged to apply for Workforce Recovery grants to bring employees back to work who were laid off due to impacts of the pandemic.

The Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund Workforce Recovery program will reimburse a business for the wages of full-time, permanent jobs that are created and retained for at least six months, up to a maximum of 25 jobs per business.

Businesses apply directly to the program. A reimbursement of up to $7,500 per job is available to businesses in high-poverty counties, including Lake County. The business must match $3,750 per job. A reimbursement of up to $5,000 per job, with a $5,000 match, is available for businesses in all other counties.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds have been committed or Dec. 31, whichever comes first. Apply at MARKETMT.COM/BSTF/WorkforceRecovery.