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Copy machine blunders FJBC ballots

LAKE COUNTY – Lake County Election Administrator Kathie Newgard addressed issues concerning upcoming elections including a snafu with Flathead Joint Board of Control’s mail-in ballots during a phone interview April 19. She also reminds citizens that an election to fill a Montana congressional seat will be held at the polls. An issue with the May 2 Irrigation District Commissioner Election occurred when the master form for the Flathead District election ballots was loaded into the copy machine and the ballots were printed, according to Newgard. After the Flathead District ballots were done, a second batch of paper was loaded into the printing machine for the Mission District b...


Bison range management changes course Bison range management changes course

MOIESE – Decisions concerning management at the National Bison Range changed course last week around April 12. Legislation was drafted to allow the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to manage the range, but U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke struck down the plan last week. Zinke said he to...


Legislative update: some bills moving forward, others tabled Legislative update: some bills moving forward, others tabled

HELENA — With the 2017 legislative session halfway over, the Valley Journal looks at the progress of some notable pieces of legislation. SB 305 would allow counties across the state to conduct mail-in balloting for the May 25 special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, who resigned to b...


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 ...


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-...


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