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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 commission-appointed city manager search committee recommended that the city contract with a professional hiring firm instead of relying on the search committee to facilitate the process. “The majority of the committee members did not feel qualified to make that choice without possibly opening the city up to lawsuits,” a letter to the commission from search committee chair Rut...


Bison Range 'logical addition' to tribal conservation lands Bison Range 'logical addition' to tribal conservation lands

News from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes   PABLO – The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have notified the Montana Congressional delegation and the U.S. Department of the Interior that we would like to revisit the proposal to restore the National Bison Range to federal trust...


MHP Trooper in critical condition after shooting MHP Trooper in critical  condition after shooting

News from Montana Attorney General Tim Fox MONTANA – Early in the morning of March 15, near the Evaro Bar and Casino, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer located a suspected vehicle matching the description of one involved in a Missoula shooting before midnight. Trooper Alex Hiday was th...


Montana’s unemployment rate at 3.8%

News from the Governor’s office  MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock announced that Montana’s unemployment rate ticked up to 3.8 percent for the month of January, up 0.1 percentage points from December, likely reflecting impacts from the federal government shutdown. The national unem...


Local representatives share update as state legislature hits halfway point Local representatives share update as state legislature hits halfway point

RONAN – Considering what could happen when people with differing political views gather together, the legislative update held in town on Tuesday, March 5, was mostly civil. The event was hosted by Mission Valley Rises: Democracy Engaged (a community led group committed to protecting community rights...


CSKT requests hunting season comments

News from CSKT Natural Resource Department  The Flathead Indian Reservation Advisory Board is seeking comments on the draft 2019-2020 hunting seasons for shooting hours and limits for migratory waterfowl, pheasants and gray partridge for non-member hunters.   A copy of the draft regulations...


Senator asks Administration to prioritize funding for federal energy programs

News from Senator Jon Tester’s office  MONTANA – On the heels of one of the coldest Februarys in Montana history, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is fighting to help low-income families keep the heat on. Tester is calling on the Trump Administration to support the Low-Income Home Energy Assi...


Montana attorney general pushes for opioid prescription regulation Montana attorney general pushes for opioid prescription regulation

McKenna Fromm was a straight-A high school student, basketball player and member of student government in 2011.  By 2015, she was living in a spider-infested “drug den,” estranged from her family and deep in addiction.   Fromm said her life turned upside down after being diagnosed...


Planning stage for Polson city manager search begins

POLSON – The City of Polson may return to an option for selecting a city manager that the commission rejected in November.  Ruth Hodges, chair of the City Manager Search Committee, said the committee voted in favor of recommending the city hire an independent firm to conduct the hiring process....


GOP lawmakers detail ‘IDEA Act’ infrastructure plan with cap on state debt GOP lawmakers detail ‘IDEA Act’ infrastructure plan with cap on state debt

HELENA — A Republican plan to give Montana a more reliable process for funding state buildings, rural water systems, and other infrastructure projects took a step forward last week as a legislative committee reviewed a proposal designed to guide infrastructure policy in the future. House Bill 553, k...


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