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City, county discuss options for $12 million TIGER grant at informational meeting

POLSON — About 40 people attended the first of many public meetings on the Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery or TIGER Grant held on March 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Linderman gym.  Lake County Commissioners Paddy Trusler and Bill Barron and Polson City Manager Todd Crossett presented information on the $12 million grant. The grant is a partnership including Lake County, the City of Polson, the City of Ronan, the Town of St. Ignatius, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and Lake County Community Development. The original grant application was for $16 million so receiving $12 million meant the project had to be downsized. Trusler said the group is still ...


Ronan plans for new storm water system

RONAN — In the second storm water meeting in March, city council members, and engineers Shari Johnson and Collette Anderson agreed to apply for a Treasure State Endowment Program Grant for $500,000 in order to improve the city’s storm water system. Johnson reviewed the existing storm water inf...


New sewage lift station fails after 1 week

RONAN — At a Ronan City Council meeting on Monday, city officials announced that only one week after its completion, the Spring Creek Lift Station experienced major mechanical problems.  “The sewage continued to come in, but the (pump) did not turn on,” Public Works Director Kevin T...


Medical pot pushed to back burner

POLSON — Opponents and proponents of an emergency moratorium on medical marijuana spoke at the Polson City Commission meeting on March 15. The meeting began at 7 p.m. and discussion began as soon as the proposed agenda was approved. Polson City Todd Crossett said the recommendation from staff was to...


Fairgrounds Fire Station officially opens

POLSON — A giant American flag fluttered and rolled over the new Fairgrounds Fire Station on Regatta Road on Saturday, March 13, drawing attention to the building.  The Polson Rural Fire District hosted an open house at the station from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  PRFD Chair Alison Meslin cut th...


Rural Fire Board discusses personnel, consultant

BIG ARM — At the monthly meeting on March 10, the Polson Rural Fire District Trustees voted to hire an individual consultant, Scott Waldron, the Fire Chief at Hebgen Lake and West Yellowstone, to advise the board on the most efficient use of the new station (the Fairgrounds Fire Station) subject to the...


Mission gets new police car

ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Town Council voted to add a new Dodge Charger to its police department fleet at last week’s council meeting. So far in the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the town’s revenue is greater than anticipated, particularly due to revenue from court fines and police STEP g...


Council approves interim zoning for medical marijuana

RONAN — Following a lengthy discussion on the conditions of the sale and growth of medical marijuana, the Ronan City Council restricted the sale and growth of the substance to the highway commercial zone and excluding it from the line of sight from any schools in the area. Medical marijuana providers w...


Chase presents awards at city commission meeting

POLSON — At the Polson City Commission meeting on March 1, Polson Police Chief Doug Chase presented a series of awards to Polson Police Officers. Chase was joined by Tribal Law Enforcement Chief Craige Couture and Montana Highway Patrol Captain Clancy King and Sergeant Randy Owen, who presented awards ...


Ronan district opens new preschool

RONAN — It’s Friday afternoon and the scene is perfectly pristine. In a school yard, 15 four-year-old children laugh and play as the sun makes a dramatic pre-spring appearance in the valley.  But it’s not a day care or private preschool that the 15 exuberant children are enrolled in...


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