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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. Polson Schools Superintendent Rex Weltz said the bill provides $15,000 a year per district plus $100 per student if a school board decides to approve an increase. Next year the state will match the funding with coal tax revenue. Although the superintendents welcome the change, they say the extra funding — 10 mills — won’t necessarily help fix some glaring maintenanc...


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 ...


LCSO offers work detail program LCSO offers work detail program

POLSON —The Lake County Sheriff ’s Office recently began a work detail program. The idea is to enable those with misdemeanors to work off the jail portion of their sentences by doing community work. Such projects that have been completed since the program was implemented in early April incl...


Hertz to address Pachyderm Club

News from the Lake County Pachyderm Club POLSON – Greg Hertz, Representative from House District 11, will be the featured speaker at the Friday, May 12, meeting of the Lake County Pachyderm Club. Greg will give an eye witness account of how key pieces of legislation important to our community fare...


Democracy engaged group forms in Mission Valley

News from Mission Valley Rises    Despite the many backgrounds and political views in Mission Valley, one group wants to remind people that we are all one community. Mission Valley Rises: Democracy Engaged! is a sister-group to Missoula Rises – a community-led, local group committed t...


Man faces multiple charges after alleged assault at cabin Man faces multiple charges after alleged assault at cabin

POLSON – A man with a history of violating protective orders has been charged with two more cases against two women, including aggravated assault, theft, criminal endangerment and aggravated kidnapping earlier this year.  In the latest incident, Leroy Michael Charles, 40, of Ronan, allegedly be...


Arlee man charged with 8th, 9th DUIs Arlee man charged with 8th, 9th DUIs

POLSON — An 88-year-old Arlee man was recently charged with his eighth and ninth DUIs.  Patrick Allen Pierre, a tribal elder with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, was arrested following March 13 and 24 incidents on U.S. 93 in which he had a blood alcohol content of .207 and .227, ac...


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