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Bullock vetoes whistleblower bill

HELENA —Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed HB 202 on March 2. The House of Representatives was out of town on a mid-session break at the time. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Kirk Wagoner, would add protections for public workers who report “matters of public concern” to the legislature. It received bipartisan support in the House and Senate, according to Speaker of the House Austin Knudsen. According to a press release, Wagoner had heard accounts of public employees being retaliated against because they chose to speak out about waste or abuse within agencies. “This bill is one of two whistleblower protection bills that I introduced this session after seeing a serious ne...

St. Ignatius City Council hears local issues

ST. IGNATIUS – During the St. Ignatius City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 7, the Lake County Office of Emergency Management director asked for a letter of approval, a community member proposed the start of a new farmers market, and the potholes in town were considered. Lake County OEM Director S...

Green Party 2017 State Convention to be in Missoula

MISSOULA — The Montana Green Party plans to provide Montanans a truly progressive alternative to the two mainstream parties. The statewide conference will take place at the Payne Family Native American Center, 32 Campus Dr., on Saturday, March 4, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The conference will begin with inf...

Ninepipe highway expansion receives study endorsement Ninepipe highway expansion receives study endorsement

HELENA – A section of U.S. Highway 93 located along the Ninepipe Wildlife Management Area could be widened and realigned with a bike path in the future. The right-of-way expansion project was presented at the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks commission meeting in Helena on Feb. 10. The project would...

Candidates file for May 2 ballot

POLSON — A Feb. 2 filing deadline for some local offices has come and gone, resulting in contested races for some fire, irrigation and library district boards. The election will be held May 2 by mail-in ballot. The Polson Rural Fire District has three openings, and incumbent Ron Roberts has filed...

CSKT Chairman addresses Montana lawmakers CSKT Chairman addresses Montana lawmakers

HELENA – Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Chairman Vernon Finley addressed the Montana legislature and officials to say this is the state where people can disagree on opinions and shake hands afterwards. The Montana House of Representatives and other officials welcomed Chairman Finley with a lon...

4-H members, leaders interact with state legislators 4-H members, leaders interact with state legislators

News from Lake County 4-H HELENA — Lake County 4-H members and leaders recently traveled to Helena to participate in the 4-H Citizenship Seminar program and learn more about the Montana legislative process. Anya Smith of the Saddle Mountain 4-H Club and Kylee Wells of Mission Valley Ranch Hands 4-...

Tribes continue to work toward restoration of Bison Range

News from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes PABLO. — On Jan. 18 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published its notice of intent to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan for the National Bison Range, accompanied by an environmental impact statement. In its notice, the federal agency...

Bill would help patients slapped with big air ambulance bills

By Michael Siebert, University of Montana School of Journalism HELENA — Montanans who paid exorbitant costs for life flight services not covered by insurance testified at the Montana Legislature last week for a bill that would eliminate these costs. Senate Bill 44 would remove the burden...

Public Law 280, aquatic invasive species among the topics at legislative session Public Law 280, aquatic invasive species among the topics at legislative session

  Local legislators convened in Helena on Monday, Jan. 2, for the biennial session, with proposed bills dealing with Public Law 280, aquatic invasive species and permanently moored vessels. State Rep. Greg Hertz, R–Polson, plans to submit a bill requesting the state reimburse counties impacted...


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