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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 the negative impact of budget cuts necessitated by a costly fire season and state revenues coming in lower than projected by the Republican-majority Legislature. “Montanans all across the state have come out and said there is a better way to do this,” said Governor Bullock. “It’s time Montana leaders fulfill our responsibilities to the people we represent and ba...

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 ...

Unofficial CSKT tribal council primary results announced

PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes held a primary election for council candidates on Saturday.  Two candidates from each of five districts will advance to the Dec. 16 general election. Results will be finalized on Wednesday, Oct. 25.  Unofficial results are listed below...

Proposed dog-training rule nixed

POLSON – A proposed rule that would have limited the number of dogs one could train at one time has been put on hold.  In March, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks proposed a rule that would allow only four dogs to train on wild birds at any one time. The rule would have required dog trainers to ...

St. Ignatius voters should watch for ballots in the mail

ST. IGNATIUS – Three seats on the St. Ignatius City Council will be voted on during the mail-in Municipal General Election on Nov. 7 during the only contested election in Lake County.  Ballots were mailed out to voters Oct. 18.  Mayor Charley Gariepy is not running this year after servi...

GOP faithful hear from Senate candidates GOP faithful hear from Senate candidates

RONAN — On Sunday, some Lake County Republicans got a taste of next year’s June primary battle for the right to take on U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in November 2018.  The party faithful gathered at the Ronan Community Center to hear five of seven announced candidates give a short 5-minute speech...

Local state rep addresses Pachyderms about budget deficit Local state rep addresses Pachyderms about budget deficit

POLSON — State Rep. Greg Hertz provided some perspective on the state’s budget deficit at the Lake County Pachyderm Club meeting last week. Hertz, R-Polson, a member of the House Taxation Committee, said he doesn’t believe things are as dire as the governor’s office has said. ...

Ridgewater master plan on agenda

POLSON – The Polson City Commission will consider a one-year extension for the Ridgewater master plan at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16. The commission approved six and two-month extensions earlier this year. The current extension expires Oct. 20. The original one dates to 2005. 

Governor Bullock announces Montana minimum wage increase

News from the Governor’s Office MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montanans earning minimum wage will see the rate increase to $8.30 per hour beginning Jan. 1, 2018. “People who work full time for a living shouldn’t be living in poverty. This modest increase in ...

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