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Legislation offers chance to file claims

News from Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation HELENA, Mont. – As part of its work to implement House Bill 110 (HB110), which was passed by the 65th Legislature, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is notifying all property owners in the state of their opportunity to file a claim for their exempt water rights. Not all property owners who receive a notification letter will find it necessary to respond, said DNRC Director John Tubbs.    “The conditions required for a water right owner to file a claim do not apply to everyone, but the legislation mandates that all landowners be notified by July 1, 2017,”...


Governor signs Real ID law

POLSON – A law creating enhanced driver’s licenses that would allow Montanans to board an airplane and enter federal facilities has been signed into law. Gov. Steve Bullock signed SB 366 on May 25 after it passed the Senate 33-16 and the House 83- 17. The bill brings the state into complian...


Police department gets grant to increase patrols, auction date set

ST. IGNATIUS – St. Ignatius Police Chief Matthew Connelly announced during the city council meeting on Tuesday, June 6, that his department is getting a $5,000 grant. The Montana Department of Transportation is allocating the grant to the police department through the Selective Traffic Enforcement P...


Lake County holds crystal ball during elections Lake County holds crystal ball during elections

LAKE COUNTY – Lake County’s election results once again predicted the overall winner of a major election during the May 25 Special Election for Montana’s U.S. House of Representatives seat. Montana’s overall numbers are at 50 percent for Republican candidate Greg Gianforte to Democ...


Habitat Montana restored through teamwork

News from the Montana Sporting Coalition Thirty years ago, the Montana Legislature passed a bill to establish a one-of-a-kind program to conserve Montana’s best wildlife habitat. Habitat Montana, as it is known, has done just that. With over 600,000 acres of conservation easements and fee-title la...


Potential effects of SB307 discussed Potential effects of SB307 discussed

POLSON — School boards may receive the authority to raise funds for building maintenance without the approval of voters if SB 307 is signed by the governor. Three area school superintendents discussed the legislation on May 5 at a Pachyderm Club meeting at the Polson Rural Fire District building. ...


Rep. Hertz reflects on state budget, session Rep. Hertz reflects on state budget, session

POLSON – State Rep. Greg Hertz, R-Polson, took time to reflect last week on the recent biennial legislative session, and said he plans to run for speaker of the House if he’s re-elected in 2018. Hertz made the comments before a Pachyderm Club meeting on Friday, May 12. Much of his talk cent...


Smith appointed to Board of Realty Regulation

News from the Governor’s Office Mont. Governor Steve Bullock appointed Ric Smith, broker/owner of Century 21 Big Sky in Polson, to the Board of Realty Regulation on May 12. The BRR is responsible for regulating real estate education requirements in Montana pertaining to the licensing and regulation of ...


May 2 election results announced

LAKE COUNTY – The Lake County Election office has collected the ballots for the May 2 mail-in election and posted unofficial results on Wednesday, May 3, for schools, fire departments, irrigation districts, a library, and a public safety mill levy. Official results will be posted after the votes are ca...


Governor’s rep: tribes’ gas tax agreement legal

POLSON — The governor’s office has responded to questions raised about the gas tax on the Flathead Indian Reservation, and may help erase doubt as to the legality of a compact between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the state. In a March 29 letter to Gov. Steve Bullock, county ...


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