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Commission approves resolution to recover golf course expenses

POLSON — A resolution allowing the city to charge the Golf Fund for indirect costs related to operating Polson Bay Golf Course elicited the most comment during the Polson City Commission’s regular meeting on Nov. 15.  City Manager Ed Meece prefaced the discussion by explaining that the issue arose during the annual budgeting process. He said it became clear that the current administrative cost allocation, which was capped at $30,000 when bonds were issued in 2017 to finance equipment, irrigation and restaurant improvements, isn’t keeping pace with the city’s actual administrative expenses for the golf course.  A look at the three-year average revealed...

Ronan recount doesn’t break tie vote, city council to make selection Ronan recount doesn’t break tie vote, city council to make selection

Although last Monday’s hand recount of ballots at the Lake County Courthouse failed to break a tie in the race to represent Ward 1 in Ronan, it did yield a couple of civic lessons.  First, voting matters. Incumbent Marilynn Tanner and opponent Ryan Corum each mustered 68 votes. The one ballot t...

County seeks volunteers for planning related boards

News from the Lake County Planning Departme nt LAKE COUNTY — Lake County currently seeks volunteers for the following boards. Positions begin on Jan. 1, 2022. If you have questions about the area of jurisdiction for a particular board or to obtain an application, please check with the Lake County P...

Officials meet for infrastructure discussion

POLSON — On Wednesday, Nov. 17, officials from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Lake County and the Montana Department of Transportation sat down at the Polson Red Lion Inn to discuss infrastructure concerns regarding Lake County roads. Also joining the conversation were Montana Lt. Gove...

$27M available to help with home heating bills

News from the office of Governor Gianforte HELENA — Together with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Governor Greg Gianforte announced on Nov. 16 that $27 million in federal funding is available to help Montanans with heating bills this winter and to weatherize more homes....

Nearly $1.7M for rural Montana Housing & Economic Development secured

U.S. SENATE — Jon Tester recently announced $1,689,616 in United States Department of Agriculture funding will improve access and quality of affordable housing, Tribal Colleges, and economic development in rural Montana. “These resources will ensure that folks across Montana have access to aff...

Governor requests greater flexibility in ERA fund use to address housing crisis

News from the office of Governor Gianforte HELENA — On Nov. 15, Governor Greg Gianforte called on Congress for greater flexibility in using Emergency Rental Assistance funds to address Montana’s housing crisis. In a letter to Montana’s Congressional delegation, Gov. Gianforte wrote,...

Landmark federal study on MMIP Crisis released Landmark federal study on MMIP Crisis released

News from the offices of Senator Daines and Senator Tester  U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester both announced the long-awaited release of a landmark study by the federal government on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous People crisis. Tester and Daines called for this stu...

State seeks broadband engineer

News from the office of Governor Gianforte  HELENA — The State of Montana announced that it is requesting qualifications for a professional engineer, licensed in the State of Montana, to assist with carrying out ConnectMT Program’s mission of deploying broadband throughout Montana. T...

Governor seeks nominations for veteran commendation

News from the office of Governor Gianforte  HELENA — Governor Greg Gianforte recently launched the 2021 Montana Governor’s Veteran Commendation and seeks nominations for the award. “Our veterans and their families have sacrificed so much in defense of our freedoms and our way o...

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