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Justice Dept. seeks to close loopholes, clarify DUI laws

Legislators in Helena are preparing for a complete overhaul of the state DUI code, hoping to simplify laws and change Montana’s dialogue when it comes to drinking and driving.  The Montana Attorney General’s office is suggesting several bills aiming to clarify confusing rules, close loopholes and increase funding for more preventive programs to keep intoxicated Montanans off the roads. “Over the years, DUI statutes have been enacted and amended so many times they’re honestly convoluted and confusing,” said Attorney General Tim Fox. “Not only will (reform) make it easier for prosecutors and judges to understand, but for the defendants as well.&r...


Sidewalk snow removal begins

News from the City of Polson POLSON – The City of Polson is committed to ensuring safe and accessible pedestrian passage on all sidewalks during winter months, and we need your help. As snow season approaches, here is a friendly reminder regarding snow removal ordinances.  Snow and ice mus...


Polson reminds people of dog license regulations

News from the City of Polson  POLSON – All Polson city issued dog licenses expire every year on Dec. 31. Dog licensing is required and ensures rabies vaccination, which protects the health of your pet and others. Additionally, licensed dogs when found at large are able to be returned to their...


Representatives answer to constituents Representatives answer to constituents

RONAN – With the next legislative session on the horizon, three representatives to the Montana State legislature conversed with local residents on topics ranging from healthcare to aquatic invasive species. Mission Valley Rises: Democracy Engaged! sponsored the forum. The local group works to promot...


Daines to co-sponsor criminal justice system reform legislation

News from the office of Senator Steve Daines U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced he will cosponsor and support legislation to reform the criminal justice system after working to ensure meth and sex offender provisions were included in the bill.  “Meth use has skyrockete...


Senator: Montanans need real, affordable health care

News from the office of Senator Jon Tester WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Jon Tester is taking on the Trump administration over a plan that could expand junk insurance in Montana. In a scathing letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Administrator Seema Verma, Tester demanded CMS reconsid...


City of Polson hires legal staff

POLSON – More than a month after the former city attorney resigned, the Polson City Commission appointed a city attorney and an assistant city attorney to take on the city’s legal needs. Attorney Clinton Fischer is the new city attorney and Joshua Morigeau is the new assistant city attorney. T...


Commission considers unanticipated addition to wastewater treatment facility

POLSON – Commissioners will visit the wastewater treatment facility construction site before deciding whether to approve a request for a $119,000 drainage improvement that was not included in original designs for the project. Kevin Johnson, project manager from DOWL, the engineering firm that design...


CSKT announces new chief game warden officer

News from CSKT Natural Resources Department  FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION –Tom McDonald, manager of the Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation announces the promotion of Captain Dan McClure to the recent Tribal Conservation Program manager vacancy. McClure’s promotion as...


DNRC responds to 'People’s Compact' inquiries

News from the DNRC  MONTANA – In response to a growing number of inquiries regarding a “People’s Compact” circulating among citizens and media in Western Montana, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Director John Tubbs released the following s...


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