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Polson voters receive ballots for proposed resort tax Polson voters receive ballots for proposed resort tax

POLSON — Ballots were mailed Wednesday to registered Polson voters for a special election on a three percent resort tax. The ballot measure aims to raise revenues to fix the community’s dilapidated streets and related infrastructure, including curbs, sidewalks and storm drains. A percentage of the revenue would also go to local property tax relief.  The city commission initially approved the ballot measure Sept. 9, and voted again Oct. 6 to place it on the ballot after a procedural snafu voided the first vote. But it’s not the first time a resort tax has surfaced as a funding mechanism. Voters rejected a resort tax in 2009, and when it was broached again in 2016, t...


New Public Health Officer shares information on vaccines New Public Health Officer shares information on vaccines

Dr. Megan Vigil, who was recently appointed by the Lake County Commissioners as the county’s new Public Health Officer, says she wasn’t particularly focused on the coronavirus pandemic when she applied for the post.  “I just thought it’d be cool to be involved in public health...

Governor prioritizes most vulnerable with new COVID-19 approach

News from the Office of the Governor  MONTANA — In his first press conference as governor, Greg Gianforte announced, Tuesday, Jan. 5, how his administration will approach the COVID-19 pandemic. Gianforte indicated his priorities are protecting the most vulnerable, promoting incentives and ...

Virtual polar plungers raise money for Special Olympics

POLSON — A handful of cold-water enthusiasts received an icy shower from the Polson Fire Department in response to the Special Olympics of Montana virtual polar plunge fund raising challenge.  “It was cold, but it wasn’t as bad as we thought,” said Bethany Butler. Her sibling ...

Montana law makers respond to Capitol violence

State political leaders condemn the violence that happed at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6.  Montana’s congressional delegation and Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte disavowed those actions on social media. The comments come after Montana’s two Republican members of Congress, Sen. Ste...

Polson Polar Plunge tradition continues amid pandemic Polson Polar Plunge tradition continues amid pandemic

POLSON — This year’s bone-chilling annual Polson Polar Plunge was officially put on ice, but on Friday afternoon, several dozen swimmers unofficially gathered along the boat launch ramp and frosty shoreline of Riverside Park to celebrate New Year’s Day with a plunge into the frigid waters o...

Contact information for local legislators

Sen. Dan Salomon, Ronan: dan.salomon@mtleg.gov and 406-253-9724;  Sen. Greg Hertz, Polson: greg.hertz@mtleg.gov or 406-253-9505; Rep. Joe Read, Ronan: joeread2019mt@gmail.com or 406-253-1130; Rep. Linda Reksten, Polson: reksten4mthouse@gmail.com or 406-471-8359. For more information on the s...

Local lawmakers share thoughts on legislative session during pandemic Local lawmakers share thoughts on legislative session during pandemic

When the 67th session of the Montana Legislature convenes this week, in the midst of a pandemic and with anticipated revenue shortfalls, legislators will have plenty on their plates.  They’ll also have a new governor following Greg Gianforte’s inauguration Jan. 4. For most, the session ma...

Lake County property prices increase as people move in Lake County property prices increase as people move in

It should come as no surprise to Lake County residents that housing and property sales are booming in these parts. Just scan the for-sale signs or notice the out-of-state plates on vehicles that aren’t just passing through.  According to Trudy Samuelson of Mission Valley Properties in St. Ignat...

Trump signs water rights bill into law, not everyone celebrates

After the Montana Water Rights Protection Act went to President Donald Trump’s desk on Sunday, Dec. 27, and was signed into law many celebrated, including state and tribal leaders, but not everyone joined the festivities.   Mission Irrigation District Commissioner Tim Orr was one of those not c...

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