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McCollum, Incashola face off for St. Ignatius mayor seat McCollum, Incashola face off for St. Ignatius mayor seat

In St. Ignatius, Mayor Steve McCollum faces a challenge from councilman Daren Incashola. Both men bring a wealth of experience to the job, and each is deeply vested in the town where they were born and raised.   Incumbent Mayor  Steve McCollum Background: Born, raised and educated in St. Ignatius; married for 40 years to Debi McCollum, and has two adult sons and three grandchildren Work experience: Maintenance supervisor for St. Ignatius School District for 23 years, overseeing six employees; previously worked as a contractor and helped build the St. Ignatius Middle School Political experience: Served as mayor for four years, and spent 12 years as a city coun...


Ronan mayor faces two challengers in November election Ronan mayor faces two challengers in November election

Longtime Ronan Mayor Kim Aipperspach has two contenders for his job: councilman Chris Adler and Robert Sager (who the Journal didn’t hear back from by deadline).    Incumbent  Kim Aipperspach Background: Moved to Ronan from eastern Montana in eighth grade and has lived here...


Two run for Polson mayor seat Two run for Polson mayor seat

Two newcomers to the political arena are vying to serve as mayor of Polson, a post currently held by Paul Briney, who opted not to run for a second term.  Eric Huffine Background: Born, raised and educated in Polson; has three children in middle school and high school Work & Volunteer Exp...


Municipal election ballots mailed

LAKE COUNTY — Ballots for upcoming municipal elections in St. Ignatius, Ronan and Polson were mailed last Friday.  Those who wish to register may download a voter registration form online at app.mt.gov/voterinfo/, or request a form by mail or in-person from the Lake County Election Office, 106 ...


Legislative Notes

October is here, leaves are falling, and perhaps Montanans should not be surprised that the Montana Democrats on the Districting and Apportionment Commission are carving up our state like a pumpkin. While they claim they want to create a “competitive” district, their maps go far beyond that. So f...


Legislature Notes

Democrats, led by President Biden, Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi, are rushing a reckless $3.5 trillion tax and spending spree bill through Congress that would reshape the very foundation of America and push the U.S. down the path of socialism. The Democrats’ massive bill is the larg...


USDA unveils new climate partnership initiative, requests public input

News from the USDA BOZEMAN —  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is committed to partnering with agriculture, forestry and rural communities to develop climate solutions that strengthen rural America. The Department has outlined and requested public comments on a new climate partnership initi...


$5M+ to help with COVID-19  

News from the office of Senator Tester U.S. Senate — $5 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding is headed to Montana to help protect patients and health care workers from COVID-19. The funding—administered by the Center for Disease Control—will help strengthen and equip state an...


Local governments hold roundtable discussion on recreational marijuana sales Local governments hold roundtable discussion on recreational marijuana sales

RONAN — Representatives from local, county and tribal government met last week to discuss strategies for regulating recreational marijuana sales which are set to begin Jan. 1, 2022. Montana voters approved the sale of recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older during the 2020 election. HB 701, pass...


Mission Valley candidates vie for city offices Mission Valley candidates vie for city offices

The normally quiet Lake County Elections Office was abuzz last week, with extra staff on hand to stuff around 20,000 ballots into envelopes for upcoming municipal elections. Some were shipped last Friday to meet the deadline for mailing ballots to military and overseas voters, and the majority goes out this ...


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