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Lake County opposes CSKT lawsuit

News from Lake County Commissioners  Lake County is actively opposing the lawsuit filed by the Confederated, Salish and Kootenai Tribes concerning a case developed in late May of 2019 in Missoula Federal Court against Lake County and Lori Lundeen who is a campground developer. A portion of the injunction request would prohibit Lake County from “using presumed rights of way for utility installation.” This would eliminate utility access upon county rights of way crossing all trust lands in Lake County. This includes fiber optic, telephone and power lines as well as sewer and water lines that are public, district and municipal in nature. CSKT additionally seeks judg...


City approves payment to wastewater plant engineers

POLSON – Members of the commission voted in favor of paying $67,446 to DOWL-HKM Engineering, which is the firm overseeing construction on the town’s new wastewater treatment plant.  Initial plans expected the project’s completion to be in October of 2018. DOWL has incurred extra exp...


St. Ignatius council member resigns

ST. IGNATIUS – One of the seats on the St. Ignatius City Council was empty during the Tuesday, Aug. 6, meeting. Annie Morigeau resigned from her position after she was charged with felony theft and forgery involving the St. Ignatius Fire Department’s auxiliary program. Annie sent a letter to M...


Application deadline for conservation program admission approaches

News from the Natural Resources Conservation Service The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Montana has set an Aug. 30, 2019, application cutoff for agricultural operators to be considered for the next conservation program funding cycle through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.&n...


St. Ignatius man to serve on Grizzly Bear Advisory Council

News from the office of Governor Bullock MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that he has appointed 18 Montana citizens to the Grizzly Bear Advisory Council to facilitate a statewide discussion on long-term grizzly bear management and conservation. Governor Bullock also issued an execu...


Special irrigation election ballots being counted

LAKE COUNTY – The 2019 Irrigation District Election ballots have been sent in by voters, and the the Lake County Election Office released the unofficial results on Tuesday, July 26. The ballot measures were originally scheduled to go out with the May 7 Special District and School District Election m...


Commission hears court update

POLSON – Polson city judge Dennis DeVries and assistant city attorney Josh Morigeau presented information on the state of the city’s court system at the regular commission meeting. Interim city manager Wade Nash invited the justice system professionals to present at the meeting. He said the co...


Amendment ensures quality teachers

News from the Montana Office of Public Instruction  MONTANA — On July 3, the Montana Office of Public Instruction received notice that the U.S. Department of Education has approved Montana’s amendment to our state plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.  The amendment...


Ronan council advances rezoning request Ronan council advances rezoning request

RONAN – In spite of numerous objections raised by local residents, the Ronan City Council approved a controversial rezoning request on Monday, July 1. In a five to one vote, council members agreed to rezone vacant properties totaling nearly 20 acres to one single zoned parcel to accommodate the cons...


Wastewater treatment plant months behind schedule

POLSON – At last week’s city commission meeting Kevin Johnson of DOWL engineering reported that the wastewater treatment plant would not be completed for “at least two more months.” The project was initially scheduled to be finished in December of 2019. The wastewater treatment equ...


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