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Government shutdown impacts local operations

LAKE COUNTY – Washington, D.C. may be thousands of miles away, but the Mission Valley is starting to feel the impacts of the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history. The shutdown began on Dec. 21 when national leaders were unable to agree upon a budget for the federal government after the previous budget ran out. As a result, federal funding is not being supplied to many agencies that rely on it in order to function. Food assistance Changes in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will impact Lake County residents who shop for groceries using money provided by the federal government. SNAP recipients qualify for funds based on income. Typically, SNAP f...


City manager severance package awarded, developers agreement reached

POLSON – At the Jan. 7 commission meeting, all commission members present voted to provide former City Manager Mark Shrives six months of salary and benefits in the wake of his departure from the city.  The city will pay Shrives $45,176.82 in severance pay, $3,209.04 in health insurance benefit...


GOP lawmakers considering new anti-abortion bills GOP lawmakers considering new anti-abortion bills

Anti-abortion legislation has failed consistently under Gov. Steve Bullock’s tenure, but three bills, and perhaps more, are in the works before the 2019 session begins. As he did in 2017, Sen. Al Olszewski, R-Kalispell, has requested a bill that would ban abortions after a fetus is considered &ldquo...


Nominations sought for ServeMontana Award

From The Governor’s Office of Community Service  HELENA — The Governor’s Office of Community Service is accepting nominations for the ninth annual ServeMontana Awards, the office announced today. The ServeMontana Awards recognize and thank Montanans for their everyday contribut...


Justice Dept. seeks to close loopholes, clarify DUI laws 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 looph...


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 looph...


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...


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