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Election filing season begins

POLSON — The election filing season for various local offices has begun.  Lake County elections official Katie Harding said that numerous seats are open on governing boards of 10 fire districts, the Flathead, Jocko and Mission irrigation districts, eight water and sewer districts and the Greater Woods Bay Sewer District.  This “special purpose district election” will be held May 8 and consists of only mail-in balloting.  Eighteen seats will be up for the 10 fire districts, while each of the three irrigation districts will have one seat open. The eight water and sewer districts combined will have at least 15 seats open, she said.  Filing for ...


New Polson mayor takes seat

POLSON — Paul Briney was sworn in as Polson’s new mayor during a Jan. 3 city commission meeting. Briney, who replaced Heather Knutson, was the lone person to file for the seat last year. He and new Ward 3 commissioner Brodie Moll took their oaths of office at the meeting along with Bob Martin,...


Sheriff reports 60 people released from jail in three weeks Sheriff reports 60 people released from jail in three weeks

POLSON – Lake County Sheriff Don Bell wants the community to see just how many people are being released from jail each week that would have remained incarcerated if it weren’t for a lack of space. “We want to be transparent about the problem and show people how badly we need a new deten...


Nominations for awards sought

News from the Governor’s Office HELENA – The Governor’s Office of Community Service is accepting nominations for the eighth annual ServeMontana Awards. The ServeMontana Awards recognize and thank Montanans for their everyday contributions to their community and civic life through se...


Tester requests Capitol tree be used for Sperry Chalet rebuild

GREAT FALLS — U.S. Senator Jon Tester is asking the Architect of the Capitol to allow the Capitol Christmas Tree to be hauled back to Montana to help rebuild the historic Sperry Chalet, which was destroyed during the 2017 wildfire season.  Partnering with The Washington Companies, SmartLam, and...


Governor names 2017 Montana highlights

From the office of Governor Steve Bullock HELENA — As 2017 comes to an end, this year in review highlights bipartisan progress by Governor Bullock and his administration to keep Montana moving forward. While not without challenges, including the most expensive fire season on record and a special s...


Ronan mayor signs up for another term Ronan mayor signs up for another term

RONAN – Mayor Kim Aipperspach put up his right hand during the Ronan City Council meeting on Monday and was sworn into office by the police chief. Aipperspach took his first seat on the council as a board member in 1989 with a desire to help the community. He became the mayor about ten years ago, ha...


Moll to fill vacated Polson City Commission seat Moll to fill vacated Polson City Commission seat

POLSON — Come January, the Polson City Commission will have a familiar face with a lot of experience.  Brodie Moll, 67, will join the ruling body along with incoming Mayor Paul Briney. They will replace Ken Siler (Ward 3) and Heather Knutson, respectively.  Moll was chief executive offi...


Billings attorney campaigns in Polson Billings attorney campaigns in Polson

POLSON — John Heenan said he stands up to bullies for a living, and that’s why he decided to run for Congress. Heenan, the first of six Democrats to announce a run for their party’s nomination next June, said he decided to run for the seat right after this year’s special election t...


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 wastewa...


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