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POLSON — District Court Judge James Manley experienced a career first in Lake County Drug Court last week when he expunged the record of program graduate Angela Evans. Expungement, according to the American Bar Association, “is the process by which a record of criminal conviction is destroyed or sealed from state or federal record. An expungement order directs the court to treat the criminal conviction as if it had never occurred, essentially removing it from a defendant’s criminal record as well as, ideally, the public record.” “The law gives me the power to expunge people’s records and I’ve never done it before,” Manley said. He’...


McCollum, Incashola face off for St. Ignatius mayor seat McCollum, Incashola face off for St. Ignatius mayor seat

In St. Ignatius, Mayor Steve McCollum faces a challenge from councilman Daren Incashola. Both men bring a wealth of experience to the job, and each is deeply vested in the town where they were born and raised.   Incumbent Mayor  Steve McCollum Background: Born, raised and educated i...

Ronan mayor faces two challengers in November election Ronan mayor faces two challengers in November election

Longtime Ronan Mayor Kim Aipperspach has two contenders for his job: councilman Chris Adler and Robert Sager (who the Journal didn’t hear back from by deadline).    Incumbent  Kim Aipperspach Background: Moved to Ronan from eastern Montana in eighth grade and has lived here...

Two run for Polson mayor seat Two run for Polson mayor seat

Two newcomers to the political arena are vying to serve as mayor of Polson, a post currently held by Paul Briney, who opted not to run for a second term.  Eric Huffine Background: Born, raised and educated in Polson; has three children in middle school and high school Work & Volunteer Exp...

Municipal election ballots mailed

LAKE COUNTY — Ballots for upcoming municipal elections in St. Ignatius, Ronan and Polson were mailed last Friday.  Those who wish to register may download a voter registration form online at app.mt.gov/voterinfo/, or request a form by mail or in-person from the Lake County Election Office, 106 ...

Legislative Notes

October is here, leaves are falling, and perhaps Montanans should not be surprised that the Montana Democrats on the Districting and Apportionment Commission are carving up our state like a pumpkin. While they claim they want to create a “competitive” district, their maps go far beyond that. So f...

Legislature Notes

Democrats, led by President Biden, Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi, are rushing a reckless $3.5 trillion tax and spending spree bill through Congress that would reshape the very foundation of America and push the U.S. down the path of socialism. The Democrats’ massive bill is the larg...

St. Ignatius seniors for Oct. 20, 2021

ST. IGNATIUS — We will have Mary T. from the Council on Aging coming in during our Friday lunch this week to talk about Medicare open enrollment. We will also have a sign-up sheet for those folks wanting a one-on-one appointment to talk with her, either in person or by phone. Menu for the week: &nbs...

Polson seniors for Oct. 20, 2021

POLSON — The Polson Senior Center, located at 504 Third Ave. E., is open from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lunches are served from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for dine-in or take out. Delivery to shut-ins is available.  A monthly menu calendar is available for pick up at the center. Call us a...

Memorial ceremony pays tribute to Afghan war heroes Memorial ceremony pays tribute to Afghan war heroes

POLSON – A little more than two dozen Mission Valley citizens and veterans made their way to the Lake View Cemetery in Polson to pay their tribute and respect to those fallen Montana military service members who lost their lives in combat serving in the Afghanistan War, the longest war in United States...

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