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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.” The 2010 United States Census found Montana has a population of 989,415. The Montana Legislature currently has 100 representatives, which means each of 100 House Districts should have approximately 9,984 people. Each of the 50 Senate Districts should contain approximately 19,788 people.  According to the Montana Secretary of State’s website, “Montana is one ...


Arlee schools network administrator hopes community passes levy Arlee schools network administrator hopes community passes levy

ARLEE – During the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 4, folks standing in voting booths in the Arlee School District need to fill in two of four bubbles for the Arlee School District Technology Fund Levy.  Francis Ryan, the school’s network administrator, wanted the same levy to pass this...

Manley, Russell run for District judge Manley, Russell run for District judge

Judicial candidates for Montana 20th Judicial District for Lake and Sanders County are Jim Manley and Mark Russell.  Manley is serving out C.B. McNeil’s term as judge for Montana 20th Judicial District for Lake and Sanders County. Russell is the Chief Deputy Lake County Attorney.  Manle...

Jayne, Owens battle for Justice of the Peace Jayne, Owens battle for Justice of the Peace

LAKE COUNTY — Incumbent Joey Jayne and Montana Highway Patrol Sergeant Randal “Randy” Owens are pitted against each other in the race for county justice of the peace.  This position handles common misdemeanor crimes including traffic offenses and lower-level drinking and driving cas...

Pablo teacher wins award Pablo teacher wins award

MISSOULA – Innovative techniques, determination and passion have landed Pablo elementary school teacher Carolyn Pardini the Montana Natural History Center’s Educator of the Year award.  The award is given each year to an educator, group of teachers, school or other organization who goes a...

Construction nears completion at PHS

POLSON — During an update on the construction at Polson High School at the Oct. 13 board meeting, Superintendent Linda Reksten reported the exterior doors and replacement windows will be installed the week of Oct. 20-24. Insulating window shades will be installed Oct. 16 and 17. The district used gr...

Answering the call Answering the call

POLSON — For such a busy place, Lake County Dispatch is deceptively calm and quiet. Two dispatchers with headsets are seated before two horseshoe-shaped desks placed back to back. They are in a 28 by 20-foot room with pale walls, industrial carpeting and two east windows that offer a glimpse of sky, tr...

Home on the Range Home on the Range

MOIESE – Getting wild bison into corrals to check for disease, inspect for health issues and take genetic samples can be a challenge, but at the National Bison Range, it’s necessary to maintain the 300 plus herd on 18,500 acres. “They are 2,000 pounds of muscle,” Bison Range Deputy...

St. Ignatius skate park center of town council debate St. Ignatius skate park center of town council debate

ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Town Council is split in opinion about whether or not there should be more stringent requirements for using the town’s skate park.  In an Oct. 7 town council meeting, Councilmember Roger Lemon suggested implementing enhanced safety measures for the town&rsq...

Bike racks coming to Ronan Library

RONAN — Bicycle racks will be installed outside the Ronan Library in order to counteract a wave of thefts that has occurred in the past month.  Ronan City Council on Oct. 6 gave Public Works Director Dan Miller permission to work with the library so bike racks can be installed outside of the es...

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