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State of the city: Mayor, city manager give update to Polson Chamber State of the city: Mayor, city manager give update to Polson Chamber

POLSON – The state of the city was on the agenda at last week’s Polson Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Mayor Heather Knutson and City Manager Mark Shrives gave attendees at KwaTaqNuk Resort a rundown on goings-on in the city since Jan. 1. Shrives said that the city’s $17 million wastewater treatment plant upgrade is 43 percent complete.  He noted that there have been only two change orders totaling $32,000 on the construction project so far. He credited a good plan and the contractor, Swank Enterprises, for that. Shrives said that a 15-percent contingency totaling about $1 million had been set aside for change orders, but if that money isn’t spent then...


Jail needs discussed at town hall meeting Jail needs discussed at town hall meeting

POLSON — The need for a new jail was the main topic of discussion at a town hall meeting on Friday, but what to do about it was largely left unanswered.  Lake County’s 45-person jail is frequently over capacity and many arrestees are not incarcerated because there is no room. Sheriff D...


Special session gets mixed reaction from local legislators

POLSON — The Montana Legislature was able to fill a projected $227 million budget deficit during a special session held mid November.  State Rep. Greg Hertz, R-Polson, said it was a difficult task.  Some legislators met for committee meetings on Monday, Nov. 13, and the session official...


Modernizing tax code will help Montana small business

It has been 30 years since the last time our nation’s tax code has been overhauled. In that time, the tax rate we levy on businesses has become one of the highest in the world, the tax code itself has become an incomprehensible mess, and special interests have drilled it full of loopholes that benefit ...


USDA offers assistance to protect valuable lands

BOZEMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture encourages people and groups wanting to protect critical wetlands, agricultural lands and grasslands to consider enrolling their property into conservation easements. This year, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to invest $250 million...


McCollum elected mayor of St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS – During the election, Steve McCollum earned the most votes, making him the next “unofficial” mayor. McCollum will be sworn in and take the seat in January. The Lake County Election Office counted the ballots for the St. Ignatius Municipal General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 7...


McCollum elected mayor of St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS – During the election, Steve McCollum earned the most votes, making him the next “unofficial” mayor. McCollum will be sworn in and take the seat in January. The Lake County Election Office counted the ballots for the St. Ignatius Municipal General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 7...


Montanans agree: Legislature must work with Governor to balance budget

News from the Governor’s Office MONTANA – For the last two months, Montana local officials, community leaders, business owners, organizations and ordinary citizens from across the state have publicly stated support for the Governor’s plan to balance the budget in a way that minimizes t...


Volunteers sought for numerous county boards

News from the Lake County Planning Department Lake County currently seeks volunteers for several boards. Positions begin on Jan. 1, 2018. For more information about the area of jurisdiction for a particular board or to obtain an application, please check with Lake County Planning Dept.     ...


Organizations offer to work on budget shortfall

News from MLCT, MACo The Montana League of Cities and Towns (MLCT) and the Montana Association of Counties (MACo) weighed in on the state’s budget crisis last week.  Both nonpartisan, nonprofit associations delivered letters to Gov. Bullock and legislative leadership this morning offering ...


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