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Partisan elections explained

The winner of the election for Lake County Sheriff will be determined by the June 5 primary this year. There are two candidates for the position: David Coffman and incumbent Don Bell. Both have filed as Republicans. Therefore, the candidate who gets the most votes on the Republican primary ballot will be the next Lake County Sheriff. This situation is not uncommon in counties like Lake County where local elections are partisan. In the state of Montana, counties determine whether local elections will be partisan or nonpartisan. Local officials elected by partisan elections include the county sheriff, county commissioners, and county attorney. Candidates for offices state their party affil...


U.S. to charge up to 22 percent tariff on Canadian newsprint

The U.S. government has announced a preliminary determination in an antidumping duty investigation of imports of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada. That class of paper includes newsprint, as well as paper for printing and book publishing. The Commerce Department says it determined that exporters from ...


Ronan Chamber of Commerce honors community, business leaders Ronan Chamber of Commerce honors community, business leaders

RONAN – The Ronan Area Chamber of Commerce held an awards luncheon last Thursday to honor people, businesses, and organizations that have made a difference in the community. The event was held at the Allentown Restaurant at Ninepipes with about 50 chamber members and guests present. “Our va...


Commission approves schedule of fees for Polson parks

POLSON – Starting this summer, the Polson Parks and Recreation Department will collect fees for special use of city parks. Last week the City Commission approved the proposed schedule of fees for the Parks and Recreation Department for the 2018 season. This will be the first year that fees are requi...


Commissioner-proposed road levy will be on June ballot

News from Lake County Commissioners When voters in Lake County cast their votes in the June primary election they will have the opportunity to weigh in on a road levy that the Lake County Commissioners decided to put on the ballot. If approved, the levy would raise about $400,000 over two years to purch...


Ronan Police Department adds canine unit Ronan Police Department adds canine unit

RONAN – Police Chief Ken Weaver stood on Pennsylvania soil last week and took dozens of photos of the department’s new canine member in an effort to share the addition with everyone back home. “We want community involvement with this project,” he said after coming home with the pho...


Updates on Lake County elections

In the upcoming elections, residents in precincts POL 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 will vote at the Polson Middle School gymnasium rather than the Linderman Elementary School gymnasium. Those voting at the middle school should park at the south end of the New Life Church parking lot. Elderly voters and those wi...


Polson City Commission approves sublease

Polson has not historically been a mining town, but a new company could bring a distinctively 21st century industry to Polson: cryptocurrency mining. This week the Polson City Commission voted unanimously to allow the sublease of a building on city property to CryptoWatt Mining LLC. The company “mines&...


Updates on Lake County elections

In the upcoming elections, residents in precincts POL 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 will vote at the Polson Middle School gymnasium rather than the Linderman Elementary School gymnasium. Those voting at the middle school should park at the south end of the New Life Church parking lot. Elderly voters and those wi...


Commissioner proposed road levy will be on June ballot

When voters in Lake County cast their votes in the June primary election they will have the opportunity to weigh in on a road levy that the Lake County Commissioners decided to put on the ballot. If approved, the levy would raise about $400,000 over two years to purchase road oil to be used to rehabilitate 2...


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