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Where the jobs are: Mapping Montana’s economic landscape Where the jobs are: Mapping Montana’s economic landscape

Spread out Montana’s 676,000 jobs evenly, like sprouts in a Kansas cornfield, and each worker would have 140 acres to plow. But the state’s economy, like its topography, isn’t particularly flat. Just as the landscape directs where we can build homes and businesses, economic geography shapes our lives. It tends to define the opportunities Montanans have — or long for — as we try to make a decent living, support our families and invest in our communities. It’s a major focus for elected officials, business leaders and everyday Montanans, who make growing and sustaining job opportunity a key part of our public policy and politics. As the saying goes &mdash...


Montana waters test negative for mussels Montana waters test negative for mussels

HELENA – This year was record-setting for Montana Fish Wildlife and Park’s statewide partners in the rigorous battle against Aquatic Invasive Species. “Our AIS staff and partners have done fantastic work to increase our watercraft inspection and monitoring efforts,” said Tom Woolf,...

Seniors for Dec. 19, 2018

ST. IGNATIUS — Happy birthday Morgie.  How much dirt is there in a hole that is 2-foot by 3-foot by 4-foot? There is no dirt in the hole. The quilters are in the center on Mondays from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Bingo is played after lunch. Meals can be delivered to qualified seniors and fro...

Polson Seniors for Dec. 19, 2018

POLSON — MerryChristmas to all. There was some confusion about the toenail clinic last week. Unbeknownst to everybody, it was cancelled. It is rescheduled for Thursday, Dec. 20, from 9-11 a.m. The people who have been doing it have quit the program and unless we can find someone else there will be n...

Ronan Seniors for Dec. 19, 2018

RONAN — There is a lot going on at the Mission Valley Senior Center for the next week.  On Wednesday, Dec. 19, the foot clinic will take place from 9-11 a.m.  On Friday, Dec. 21, we will hold the Christmas dinner. The drawing for the raffle for our money making project will also take pl...

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Mission Valley It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Mission Valley

The Mission Valley is officially aglow for the holidays with thousands of twinkling lights at the Ronan fairgrounds.  This is the sophomore year for the annual Lights Under the Big Sky festival, which came to fruition as a way for communities to come together to celebrate the holiday season and as a ...

Polson business leaders raise concerns about downtown safety Polson business leaders raise concerns about downtown safety

POLSON – About 30 Polson city residents and downtown business owners voiced their collective concerns and frustration regarding the increased occurrences of petty crimes in the downtown area, which are negatively affecting their quality of life and businesses. The Thursday evening meeting was held a...

CSKT Pharmacy gets reduced civil penalty CSKT Pharmacy gets reduced civil penalty

ST. IGNATIUS – Approximately 2,500 oxycodone pills were stolen or unaccounted for from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Pharmacy in St. Ignatius resulting in an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration in March 2017 to March 2018. During the DEA’s inspection of th...

City of Polson hires legal staff

POLSON – More than a month after the former city attorney resigned, the Polson City Commission appointed a city attorney and an assistant city attorney to take on the city’s legal needs. Attorney Clinton Fischer is the new city attorney and Joshua Morigeau is the new assistant city attorney. T...

Commission considers unanticipated addition to wastewater treatment facility

POLSON – Commissioners will visit the wastewater treatment facility construction site before deciding whether to approve a request for a $119,000 drainage improvement that was not included in original designs for the project. Kevin Johnson, project manager from DOWL, the engineering firm that design...

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