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Officials debate finer details of compact ahead of deadline Officials debate finer details of compact ahead of deadline

  Plans for shared water shortage in times of drought, irrigation canal improvements, and delivery of funds were debated by state, tribal, and federal officials Friday in a negotiating session for the proposed Confederated Salish and Kootenai Water Compact.  Most of the elements of discussion were a part of an adaptive management plan that was born in the summer months to address irrigator concerns about modeling data used to draw up water allotments for irrigation turnouts on the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project. The state’s legislative Water Policy Interim Committee set up a technical working group that in September found the modeling data to be sufficiently sound ...


FJBC narrowly approves new legal representation FJBC narrowly approves new legal representation

ST. IGNATIUS — Disagreement about how to handle mounting costs and a multi-frontal legal battle line preceded the Flathead Joint Board of Control’s narrow decision on Oct. 17 to hire a Kalispell law firm as general counsel.  In a 6-5 vote, the board hired the Kalvig Law Firm to replace at...

Pig in the Park fundraiser raises money for play pods

RONAN – Ronan parkgoers will have a chance to pig out this weekend for a cause that could ultimately lead to slimmer waistlines in Ronan parents and children.  Roasted pork and all the trimmings will be available Saturday, Oct. 24 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. for a $5 donation that benefits the Woo...

ShamRockers visit Ireland, record third CD ShamRockers visit Ireland, record third CD

POLSON — “Hie, hie, hie to the Irish spirit at its best,” a line from “The Day the Irish Start to Sing and Dance” describes the Montana ShamRockers. They’re fresh from a visit to Ireland and are recording a new CD in their 11th year singing together. The new album of Ch...

Polson welcome signs in works Polson welcome signs in works

Designer Robert Gunderson works on one of three new welcome to Polson signs. Work is still in progress on these larger than life signs as several more layers need to be added along with painting. People can expect to see completed signs by early November. A sign will be placed at each entrance of Polson, one...

House District 93 sees inaugural race House District 93 sees inaugural race

RONAN — November marks the first general election voters will get to cast their vote in the freshly minted House District 93 race that covers most of the western and southern half of Lake County. Republican legislator Dan Salomon is facing off against Democrat Susan Evans for the seat.  Salomon...

Hertz, McLaughlin on ballot for House District 12 Hertz, McLaughlin on ballot for House District 12

Greg Hertz and William McLaughlin are running for the House District 12 seat.  McLaughlin said he was asked to be a Democratic Party placeholder on the ballot, and he filed with the understanding the Democrats would have a formal candidate. He is not actively campaigning.  Hertz, 59, has l...

Round Butte Grange hosts second candidate forum Round Butte Grange hosts second candidate forum

The Round Butte Grange hosted a political forum for people to come and meet candidates for local and state office on Oct. 17. Candidates for justice of the peace, state House and Senate districts and public service commissioner turned out for a lively discussion.

Whitford, Johnson vie for Senate District 8 Whitford, Johnson vie for Senate District 8

The eastern half of Lake County will cast their ballot for the Senate District 8 seat, which includes several counties stretching all the way to the Canadian border. Facing off for the seat is Republican Liane Johnson and Democrat Lea Whitford.  Whitford is currently serving as Montana state represen...

HD 15 boundary changes challenged candidates HD 15 boundary changes challenged candidates

POLSON — The latest legislative redistricting plan, which included 100 house districts and 50 senate districts, was adopted by the Montana Legislature on Feb. 2, 2013. According to the 1972 Constitution, Montana’s legislative districts must be “as nearly equal in population as practicable.&...

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