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Retired Billings judge targets Tester in Polson event  Retired Billings judge targets Tester in Polson event 

POLSON — One of five Republicans running for their party’s nomination to the U.S. Senate came to town last week and spent much of the evening throwing jabs at U.S. Sen. Jon Tester. Russ Fagg, a 57-year-old retired district court judge from Billings and a former state legislator and prosecutor, addressed an audience of 30 people at a Feb. 5 event hosted by local developer Mike Maddy and his wife Marlo.  Calling himself a pragmatic conservative, Fagg noted that Tester voted to continue last month’s brief shutdown of the federal government and was one of only 18 Senate Democrats to do so. The other senators were mainly from the east and west coasts, Fagg said, addi...


Ronan police officer joins force, misdemeanor fee added Ronan police officer joins force, misdemeanor fee added

RONAN – Ronan police officers wearing their uniforms filled one side of Ronan City Hall during the regular council meeting on Monday, Feb. 5. The officers were in attendance to support Joel Diaz who was sworn in as the newest member of the department. “This will completely fill our staff with ...

Recycling continues on pace in Lake County Recycling continues on pace in Lake County

POLSON — Although Flathead County’s recycling program will stop taking plastic and tin on Feb. 15, Lake County’s program continues on.  That’s the word from Mark Nelson, program manager at Lake County’s Solid Waste Department.  Nelson, whose been with the program...

Mission, Jocko irrigation district members discuss dissolved FJBC Mission, Jocko irrigation district members discuss dissolved FJBC

ST. IGNATIUS – The Mission and Jocko irrigation districts got together for a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6, to discuss the dissolved Flathead Joint Board of Control. The Flathead District held a meeting on Monday, Feb. 12 after press time for the week.  Lake County District Court Judge James Manle...

Outgoing mayor honored for service Outgoing mayor honored for service

ST. IGNATIUS – Newly elected mayor Steve McCollum took his place on the council bench during the Tuesday, Feb. 6, meeting. He replaces Charley Gariepy who served as mayor since 2006.  Board member Ray Frey presented Gariepy with a plaque during the meeting to thank him for his service. Frey sai...

Chocolate treats tantalize the senses for a good cause Chocolate treats tantalize the senses for a good cause

ARLEE – A sweet aroma of chocolate emanated from the kitchen in the Brown Building last Wednesday during the 14th Annual Chocolate Lovers Festival. Twenty-seven people donated two chocolate dishes to the event including peanut butter and chocolate brownies, a fudge layered cake, and a French silk pi...

Pink dress photography project empowers students Pink dress photography project  empowers students

PABLO – Inside an unassuming brown box that arrived from New York were layers of pink satin, tulle, sequins … and a challenge.  The layers of pink were four dresses. The challenge was to reclaim pink as part of a cooperative international roving photography project for girls. Several ...

Group of irrigators win lawsuit to dissolve FJBC Group of irrigators win lawsuit to dissolve FJBC

POLSON – After about four years of working together, voting on issues, and managing funds concerning water distribution for irrigation, it was recently discovered that the Flathead Joint Board of Control isn’t a valid governmental entity. Lake County District Court Judge James Manley ordered t...

Lake County swears in new treasurer Lake  County swears in new  treasurer

POLSON — Lake County has another treasurer. Robin Vert-Rubel was sworn-in on Thursday, Feb. 1, replacing Tammy Gerrity, who stepped down for personal reasons.  Gerrity was appointed on Aug. 1 last year to replace Patti Duford-Kugler, who resigned after 12 years in the position. Gerrity remai...

CSKT land use planner shares concerns over density map repeal CSKT land use planner shares concerns over density map repeal

PABLO — The Flathead Indian Reservation’s planning director is concerned about the Lake County commissioners’ plan to make the density map advisory rather than regulatory.  Commissioners have said they plan to repeal the map and make it advisory as part of an updated growth policy.&...

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