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County budget passes, plans for court annex, jail begin County budget passes, plans for court annex, jail begin

POLSON – The Lake County Commissioners passed a budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 last week.  Planning for a new court annex and jail are included in the $29.8 million budget, County Finance Director Scott Beggs said.  The previous budget was $27.2 million. He said the difference lies in three areas: $500,000 to begin planning for a new district courtroom; $800,000 in increased capital expenditures for roads, law enforcement, solid waste and an evaluation of any future jail expansion; and $770,000 for expansion of the county’s three airports in Polson, Ronan and St. Ignatius. The county received some $770,000 from multiple grants from the Federal Aviation Administ...


Public safety building, taxes topics of budget talk 

POLSON – After considerable discussion, Polson City Commission approved a $19.55 million budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 last week. The previous budget was for $14.24 million. City Finance Officer Cindy Dooley said the increase is largely due to the wastewater treatment project, which is represente...

St. Ignatius fire crew opens house to community St. Ignatius fire crew opens house to community

ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Volunteer Fire Department opened their doors to the public on Saturday and served up lunch to let community members learn about the department and ask questions. “If anyone is interested in volunteering, we are taking applications,” said St. Ignatius Volun...

Ronan potholes repaired Ronan potholes repaired

By Karen Peterson              Valley Journal RONAN – The streets in Ronan are getting a little bit smoother now that a project to fill the potholes is near completion. Ronan Public Works Director Dan Miller said his crew has been filling in potholes throughout ...

Sober living house remodel underway Sober living house remodel underway

POLSON – Work on a sober living house is progressing, and that has licensed addiction counselor Jay Brewer hopeful for a spring opening, if not sooner.  Brewer, 54, is a former drug addict who, along with others from the One Heart Committee, is looking to provide a safe place before and after d...

Aber Day Reunion headed back to Polson, commissioner says Aber Day Reunion headed back to Polson, commissioner says

POLSON – Polson should be hosting the Aber Day Reunion concert for one more year.  That’s the word from Lake County Commissioner Bill Barron, who spoke to the Lake County Pachyderm Club on Friday about the Aug. 12 Aber Day Reunion. He talked about the permanent stage that was built on ...

Scarecrows support beautification project Scarecrows support beautification project

RONAN –During the Harvest Fest on Saturday, Sept. 16, the Ronan Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee will be selling about 42 scarecrows next to the Dutch Oven Cook Off at the Ronan Visitor’s Center on U.S. Highway 93.  The 9th Annual Harvest Fest fun runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.&nb...

Rain forecast brings hope

Rain forecast for Thursday and Friday is providing firefighters hope for success on the Blue Bay and Liberty fires.  Although Sunday was a good day for firefighters, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ fire prevention specialist Devlin Lafrombois said Thursday and Friday should be better w...

Homecoming parade continues through smoky skies Homecoming parade continues through smoky skies

CHARLO – Thick smoke from nearby forest fires couldn’t smother the Charlo Vikings’ homecoming celebrations on Friday.   Festivities began with a student body pep rally in the gymnasium followed by the annual homecoming parade that made its way down main street in front of hundreds o...

St. Ignatius

Polson   By Dave Basta   POLSON — Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes - small, large, circle, square, thin crust, thick crust, stuffed crust and extra toppings.  The veterans’ representative will be here on Sept. 19 from 10 a.m.-noon.  Also on Sept. 19, commodi...

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