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Polson police chief to act as interim city manager

POLSON – Polson Police Chief Wade Nash’s job responsibilities have increased since Nov. 7.  At their regular meeting, Polson City commissioners unanimously authorized Nash to act as interim city manager until a contract officially appointing him could be finalized. Nash has been police chief since 2011. He will continue to serve as chief along with his new duties. The city manager position became vacant when former city manager Mark Shrives declined to renew his contract, which expired Oct. 29. Commissioners voted to offer Shrives a one-year contract renewal rather than the previously negotiated two-year contract. Shrives declined to renew the amended contract. City a...


Unexpected resignations rattle City of Polson

POLSON – A series of employees in leadership positions have left vacancies in the City of Polson’s staff. On Oct. 22, the commission held a special meeting to renew city manager Mark Shrives’ contract, offering him only a one-year employment agreement. The following day Shrives declined ...


Arlee community meets to discuss gun incident Arlee community meets to discuss gun incident

ARLEE – An Arlee High School student put a nonworking BB gun in a backpack and got on a school bus on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Principal Jim Taylor found out about the weapon during the morning hours and removed it from the student’s possession. The student was sent home with a parent. Lake County Sch...


Lake County volunteer positions available

News from Lake County LAKE COUNTY – Lake County currently seeks volunteers for several boards. Positions begin on Jan. 1, 2019. If you have questions about the area of jurisdiction for a particular board or to obtain an application, please check with the Lake County Planning Department.   &nb...


Polson officers now carry naloxone hydrochloride Polson officers now carry naloxone hydrochloride

News from Polson Police Sergeant George Simpson POLSON – The mission of your Polson Police Department is to make Polson a safe and pleasant place to live, work, learn and play.  Our business is community service and we are in a constant learning mode to enact positive changes to the ways we c...


Students salute area veterans for their service Students salute area veterans for their service

RONAN – Glacier View School students gathered together on Thursday afternoon to pay special tribute to the women and men who served in the armed forces.  The students worked hard for weeks in preparation for their annual celebration by decorating the school with thank-you messages and rehearsin...


Coats for kids project begins Coats for kids project begins

News from the ABVI Port Polson Inn ABVI Port Polson Inn is starting their annual tradition of helping the community’s children gear up for winter by collecting and donating children’s coats. People who wish to donate coats can drop them off at the hotel’s front desk from 8 a.m. to 8 p....


DAR awards Quilt of Valor to local veteran DAR awards Quilt of Valor to local veteran

News from the Kuilix Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution In honor of the 2018 Veterans Day observance, Daughters of the American Revolution, Kuilix Chapter, awarded a Quilt of Valor to Vietnam veteran James Mathias. The award presentation was held on Nov. 1 at the Ronan VFW in front of m...


Community Thanksgiving celebrations planned Community Thanksgiving celebrations planned

LAKE COUNTY – Homemade food and good company will be readily available throughout the region this Thanksgiving. Volunteers from St. Ignatius to Polson will provide free community meals to celebrate the holiday on Nov. 22.   In St. Ignatius, Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 12 p.m. to 2 p...


Applications now accepted for 2019 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship

News from Montana Governor’s Office  HELENA — The Governor’s Office of Community Service, Reach Higher Montana, and Montana Campus Compact are pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship, the groups announced today. The $...


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