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State attorney reviews draft documents State attorney reviews draft documents

POLSON — The negotiating teams for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the State of Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission and the United States met on Oct. 1. The teams are working towards presenting a compact to the Montana Legislature in January.  With that date looming and drafts of the water rights compact and ordinance almost completed, recent meetings have been crowded with interested people.  RWRCC staff attorney Jay Weiner presented an in-depth overview and review of the drafts of the compact and ordinance. There are three gaps in the draft, Weiner said. They are: protection for irrigators who are on streams not covered by the Flathead India...


Proponents of I-166 denied debate Proponents of I-166 denied debate

POLSON — A cold wind was blowing as C.B. Pearson and John Stromnes struggled to set up a table and a sign and keep brochures from blowing away. Pearson, treasurer of Stand with Montanans, had scheduled a time to discuss the role of big money in Montana politics around the flagpole at the Lake County Co...

Standoff ends peacefully

VALLEY VIEW — A 45-year-old Ronan man held a gun to his head for approximately an hour on the evening of Oct. 6.  In a press release, Lake County Undersheriff Dan Yonkin said at about 6 p.m., 911 dispatch received a call reporting a male outside of a residence in the Eli Gap Road and Apple Road...

Bison roundup draws crowd, profits Bison roundup draws crowd, profits

MOIESE — While the National Bison Range has not changed in size since its creation in 1908, the herd grows by 60 to 80 animals each spring with the birth of calves. Because the range can only comfortably support between 250 and 325 bison, the range removes 50 to 95 surplus animals from the herd duri...

St. Ignatius begins pre-disaster mitigation plan

ST. IGNATIUS — During a brief St. Ignatius City Council meeting Oct. 2, Lake County Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Stephen Stanley outlined the towns need for involvement in an updated pre-disaster mitigation plan.  Stanley explained that a pre-disaster mitigation plan identifies po...

Polson named most business-friendly city

POLSON — At the Oct. 1 Polson City Commissioner’s meeting, City Manager Todd Crossett announced that the Montana Policy Institute completed a study on the most business-friendly of Montana’s 25 largest cities, and Polson topped the list. The three categories ranked were economic vitality, b...

Local lawyer hopes to unseat district judge Local lawyer hopes to unseat district judge

The District Court judge seat in District 20 is up for grabs in the Mission Valley, and two local residents are competing for the job.  Montana currently sustains 56 District Courts in 22 judicial districts. District Court judges serve six-year terms. During these terms, they hear cases including all...

Gold Star mothers honored in Ronan Gold Star mothers honored in Ronan

RONAN — United States soldiers are an uncommon phenomenon. Unlike most other countries, the United States maintains a standing military composed entirely of volunteers. Moreover, these men and women fight for a cause and a belief that resonates with each and every citizen of these United States: freedo...

Lake County businesses, clubs to host political events Lake County businesses, clubs to host political events

LAKE COUNTY — Several area businesses and clubs will host candidate forums in the upcoming month. Listed are the offices open for election in November and candidates running for them:  For House District 11, Greg Hertz, Republican, and Bud Koppy, Democrat, are the candidates. For House Distr...

Ronan City Council continues budget meetings Ronan City Council continues budget meetings

RONAN — Ronan’s well-attended, heated, and more than three-hour-long Sept. 24 city council meeting featured discussions on everything from the city’s annual budget to supporting the Hate-Free Zone project. The council heard a short presentation by Cathy Billie on the Hate-Free Zone proje...

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