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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 but Jack Konit did not. Glen R. “Dick” Wunderlich and Patrick Gembala also filed. The Flathead, Jocko and Mission irrigation districts have competitive seats. In Flathead Division No. 3, incumbent Paul Guenzler of Ronan filed along with challenger David Passieri of St. Ignatius. In Mission Division No. 2, incumbent Gene Posivio of St. Ignatius filed along with chall...

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...

County may withdraw from hearing tribal cases, public meeting set

POLSON — Lake County Commissioners will hold a public meeting about Public Law 280 at 10 a.m. Jan. 11 in room 211 of the Lake County Court house. The public will hear both sides of the financial issues surrounding the federal law that defines criminal jurisdiction of Tribal members within the reservati...

Tribes congratulate Zinke

New from CSKT PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes released the following statement: “The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes wish to congratulate Congressman Zinke for being the first Montanan to be nominated for a Cabinet position since the Nixon Administration. Con...

Ronan holds onto grant

RONAN — The Ronan City Council isn’t giving up yet on a matching grant to support the police department. “The council voted to accept the COPS Hiring Grant but not to hire an officer at this time,” Ronan Police Chief Ken Weaver said of a special council meeting to address the issue...

Officials ready to tackle county duties Officials ready to tackle county duties

POLSON — Lake County District Judge James A. Manley swore in district court clerk Lyn Fricker, Lake County Schools Superintendent Carolyn Hall and County Commissioner Dave Stipe on Wednesday, Dec. 21. “They come and they go, but Lyn’s still here,” Manley said of Fricker’s car...


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