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Polson pauses search for city manager

POLSON – After nearly six months without a permanent city manager, last week’s commission meeting didn’t bring the city any closer to deciding on a hiring process. Commissioners were tasked with deciding whether to accept the City Manager Search Committee’s recommendation to contract with a hiring firm to find candidates to lead the city. The decision had been tabled for a month.  Commissioner Stephen Turner opened the discussion by saying he had consulted City Attorney Clinton Fischer about the hiring process. Fischer said current interim city manager and Polson Police Chief Wade Nash could hold both positions permanently without a conflict of interest.&n...


Governor Bullock announces Montana’s unemployment rate

 News from the Office of the Governor  MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 3.7 percent for the month of March. The national unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.8 percent.   “We must c...


MT Legislature passes key student safety bills

News from Montana Office of Public Instruction  MONTANA — The Montana Senate concurred with House amendments to Senate Bill 132 today, sending the bill to the Governor. SB 132, the Student Safety Accountability Act, is sponsored by Senator Keith Regier of Kalispell. It recognizes that educato...


Governor Bullock announces new Earth Day award

News from the Office of Governor Steve Bullock MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana is seeking nominations for the Montana Leopold Conservation Award, a new award that recognizes the voluntary conservation work by farmers, ranchers and other landowners. “Too oft...


NRCS announces 2019 honey bee pollinator initiative

NRCS announces 2019 honey bee pollinator initiative   News from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service BOZEMAN – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering additional funding through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program to target honey bee pollinator resour...


Voters can expect to see Lake County mail-in election ballots around April 17

LAKE COUNTY – The upcoming school and special purpose district election is an all mail-in ballot election. Lake County Election Administrator Katie Harding said the ballots for the May 7 election will be mailed out on April 17. Eight issues are scheduled to be decided in districts from Arlee to Pols...


Ever-changing Colstrip bill receives Senate approval, but concerns linger

HELENA — A bill that would scale back the Montana Public Service Commission’s regulatory authority over the Colstrip generating plant is one significant step closer to becoming law. The Senate voted 32-18 to approve Senate Bill 331 on second reading Wednesday. The proposal has morphed numerous...


Website ranks Republican lawmakers on party loyalty

Is that good for Montana? HELENA — Montana’s child protection system has a problem, Rep. Eric Moore told fellow lawmakers on the House floor March 25. The ranks of child protection staff, the state social workers tasked with the unenviable job of deciding when to remove children from the care ...


Montana legislature looks to raid local government revenues Montana legislature looks to raid local government revenues

News from Lake County Commissioners  Gale Decker, Dave Stipe and  William D. Barron An Amendment attached to House Bill 2 (the State’s budget bill) provides the Legislature the opportunity to reduce local government revenues and divert them to Office of Public Defender (OPD). OPD is a st...


City manager search hesitancy sparks commission conflict

POLSON – It will be at least another month before the City of Polson takes action toward hiring a new city manager. After nearly five months without a city manager, the commission voted four to one to table a vote on the selection process for the next two meetings.  The vote came after the comm...


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