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Montana law makers respond to Capitol violence

State political leaders condemn the violence that happed at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6.  Montana’s congressional delegation and Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte disavowed those actions on social media. The comments come after Montana’s two Republican members of Congress, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Matt Rosendale, said this week they planned to object to certifying the vote in some states and called for an audit of the vote based on false allegations of widespread election fraud. Rosendale condemned the actions of protesters on Wednesday. “I am safe and so is my staff,” Rosendale said in a Tweet. “I condemn political violence of any kind. The...


Polson Polar Plunge tradition continues amid pandemic Polson Polar Plunge tradition continues amid pandemic

POLSON — This year’s bone-chilling annual Polson Polar Plunge was officially put on ice, but on Friday afternoon, several dozen swimmers unofficially gathered along the boat launch ramp and frosty shoreline of Riverside Park to celebrate New Year’s Day with a plunge into the frigid waters o...

Contact information for local legislators

Sen. Dan Salomon, Ronan: dan.salomon@mtleg.gov and 406-253-9724;  Sen. Greg Hertz, Polson: greg.hertz@mtleg.gov or 406-253-9505; Rep. Joe Read, Ronan: joeread2019mt@gmail.com or 406-253-1130; Rep. Linda Reksten, Polson: reksten4mthouse@gmail.com or 406-471-8359. For more information on the s...

Local lawmakers share thoughts on legislative session during pandemic Local lawmakers share thoughts on legislative session during pandemic

When the 67th session of the Montana Legislature convenes this week, in the midst of a pandemic and with anticipated revenue shortfalls, legislators will have plenty on their plates.  They’ll also have a new governor following Greg Gianforte’s inauguration Jan. 4. For most, the session ma...

Lake County property prices increase as people move in Lake County property prices increase as people move in

It should come as no surprise to Lake County residents that housing and property sales are booming in these parts. Just scan the for-sale signs or notice the out-of-state plates on vehicles that aren’t just passing through.  According to Trudy Samuelson of Mission Valley Properties in St. Ignat...

Trump signs water rights bill into law, not everyone celebrates

After the Montana Water Rights Protection Act went to President Donald Trump’s desk on Sunday, Dec. 27, and was signed into law many celebrated, including state and tribal leaders, but not everyone joined the festivities.   Mission Irrigation District Commissioner Tim Orr was one of those not c...

Polson seniors for Jan. 6, 2021

POLSON — We are open with masks and social distancing. We cannot guarantee your safety from COVID so use your best judgment about activities and meals. We still have See’s Candy for sale. Volunteer lunch drivers are needed. It only takes an hour.   Activities:  Veterans’ rep...

Law makers settle water rights issues Law makers settle water rights issues

After years of negotiation, water rights issues on the Flathead Reservation flowed to the top level as the Montana Water Rights Protection Act passed with bipartisan effort in the United States Senate on Monday, Dec. 21. Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Chairwoman Shelly R. Fyant called the event h...

St. Luke staff members receive COVID-19 vaccine St. Luke staff members receive COVID-19 vaccine

News from St. Luke LAKE COUNTY – St. Luke Community Healthcare recently received COVID-19 vaccines to protect healthcare workers and nursing home residents. Further information will be shared as the vaccine becomes available to the public.  “We were able to administer the vaccine to ...

Polar plungers go virtual for a good cause Polar plungers go virtual for a good cause

POLSON ­— In response to the surging spike of COVID-19 cases, Special Olympics Montana has decided to move its annual Polar Plunge fund-raising activities to an all-virtual online event for the 2021 season. “The virtual polar plunge offers plunging participants the opportunity to show the ...

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