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Water rights compact dies in committee Water rights compact dies in committee

It was a fast and furious week for the controversial Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, State of Montana and United States  water rights compact.  Rep. Kathleen Williams, D-HD 65, Bozeman, took over House Bill 629 to implement the negotiated water contract when Rep. Dan Salomon, R-HD 12 abandoned the bill two weeks ago.  Salomon said the votes just weren’t there, but he wanted the water compact to pass. He sponsored another bill, for a two-year legislative study on how the compact affects water users throughout Western Montana. Both bills were voted down in the House’s Judicial Committee on April 3, according to the Montana legislature site.  &nbs...

Flames destroy Polson home Flames destroy Polson home

POLSON — Even a moniker like Lucky didn’t stop the fire that burned Lucky and Barbara Donnegan’s house on April 2, but the couple, their dog and their cat escaped the flames and were not injured. At approximately 6 p.m., dispatch received a call that there was a fire in the basement of t...

Charlo’s last play brings the house down Charlo’s last play brings the house down

CHARLO — What do you get when you mix Shakespeare, “Gangnam Style” and Darth Vader?  You get what could be Charlo High School’s last play for the foreseeable future, and as organizer and English teacher Keith Grebetz promised, “We’re going out with a bang.” ...

City manager sues City of Polson City manager sues City of Polson

POLSON — In March, Polson City Manager Todd J. Crossett’s attorney filed a suit in district court against the City of Polson on Crossett’s behalf. The first count is a wage claim.  Court records explained that in lieu of a contribution to the Public Employees Retirement System, t...

Veteran city treasurer plans retirement Veteran city treasurer plans retirement

POLSON — Surprising many people, including Mayor Pat DeVries and Polson City Commissioners, Polson City Treasurer Bonnie Manicke announced plans to retire in May at the April 1 Polson City Commission meeting. Manicke began her 37-year career with the city when she first ran for the office in 1977, and ...

Mission loses police chief  Mission loses police chief 

ST. IGNATIUS — Council members had much to discuss during the April 2 meeting in St. Ignatius.  St. Ignatius police chief Frank Aaron left his position and moved to West Yellowstone. His last day was March 29 and the town is now advertising for a police chief. Jeffrey Ferguson, Mission’s ...

Skyline construction begins April 15 Skyline construction begins April 15

POLSON — The final phase of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s $12,000 TIGER road and bike path construction project will begin April 15.  Skyline Drive will be one-way northbound beginning on April 15, and a pilot car or a flagger will guide motorists north at 20 minutes past t...

Hospitals host emergency training Hospitals host emergency training

RONAN — The scenario: the Mission Valley is flooding, and some residents have been evacuated to shelters at Salish Kootenai College. A young man complaining of a headache and feeling ill was dosed with aspirin and rested in the shelter. The next day, the young man has a high fever, still has the headac...

Chamber seeks support for flower baskets

POLSON — The Polson Beautification Committee is dedicated to keeping Main Street a clean and inviting place for residents and visitors to shop and relax. For the last 14 years, the committee has purchased, hung, and cared for 70 flower baskets, hanging each summer on Main Street and First Streets East ...

Ronan Area Chamber plans annual spring cleanup

RONAN — On Saturday, May 4, the city of Ronan and the Ronan Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual “Spring Cleaning Day.” Meet at 9 a.m. at the Ronan City Park to pick up garbage bags, gloves and a hot cup of coffee to get you going. There will be a construction size dumpster donat...


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