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Ridgewater master plan on agenda

POLSON – The Polson City Commission will consider a one-year extension for the Ridgewater master plan at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16. The commission approved six and two-month extensions earlier this year. The current extension expires Oct. 20. The original one dates to 2005. 


Governor Bullock announces Montana minimum wage increase

News from the Governor’s Office MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montanans earning minimum wage will see the rate increase to $8.30 per hour beginning Jan. 1, 2018. “People who work full time for a living shouldn’t be living in poverty. This modest increase in ...


Barron takes over as MACo president

POLSON – Lake County Commissioner Bill Barron was recently named president of the Montana Association of Counties’ Executive Committee.  The one-year term began when he was sworn in Sept. 20 during MACo’s annual convention in Bozeman.  Barron, who has served on the Lake Coun...


Governor’s office accepting applications for 4th annual Youth Leadership Council

News from the Governor’s Office  HELENA – The Governor’s Office of Community Service is currently accepting applications to serve on the 2017-18 Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council. Committed to addressing childhood hunger in Montana, the council will consist of 7t...


Conservation Commission established, members appointed

News from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation HELENA – In response to the invasive mussel detections in two Montana waterways last year, the 2017 Legislature established the Upper Columbia Conservation Commission (UC3) to enhance early detection and rapid response efforts ...


Bullock highlights new legislation to boost tribal tourism, economic prosperity

News from the Governor’s Office MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock highlighted new legislation to boost tribal tourism and economic prosperity in Indian Country during a ceremonial bill signing on Aug. 16 in Pablo. “When Montana’s tribal communities prosper, our whole state pros...


Owners who rent have state tax responsibility

HELENA – The Montana Department of Revenue reminds people who rent a room, apartment, or home on a short-term basis to follow state taxation and permitting laws for lodging and accommodations. Renting vacation or tourist homes on a short-term basis has increased with the popularity of websites that ...


Montana to receive money for native projects 

News from the U.S. Department of the Interior WASHINGTON – U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced $81,235 in funding to Montana native tribes and more than $860,000 to Montana state wildlife agencies through the Tribal Wildlife Grant (TWG) program and the State Wildl...


County approves rezoning for Gray’s Acres area County approves rezoning for Gray’s Acres area

POLSON – Some residents of Gray’s Acres were pleased following a decision by the Lake County commissioners last week. Ben Anciaux, who lives in the neighborhood affected by the change, filed an application on April 7 to rezone from medium to low-density residential the area between Eleventh an...


St. Ignatius council hires new city attorney, attends to several issues St. Ignatius council hires new city attorney, attends to several issues

ST. IGNATIUS – During the St. Ignatius City Council meeting on Tuesday, Molly Owen was hired as the new city attorney. Owen will continue her position as Lake County Deputy Attorney along with the new position in St. Ignatius. It is common for county attorneys to fill positions within town governmen...


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