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Recycling stations located throughout Lake County

Recycling is on the rise in Lake County, according to Lake County Solid Waste District program manager Mark Nelson. In May, the city of Polson got a $24,000 Recycling Infrastructure Grant from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. The money went to buy 60- and 95-gallon bins, 15-gallon tubs, wire baskets for cardboard and a trailer to transport the larger bins to the Lake County Transfer Station. Bins were placed at city offices and Polson schools, as well as at parks during special events. The Lake County Transfer Station also received an ERA grant for about $25,000 to purchase four Dumpster-size recycling bins — one each for Polson, Ronan and St. Ignatius and one to...


Mission Police Department woes continue

ST. IGNATIUS — For the third time in less than a year and a half, St. Ignatius is once again in need of a police chief. Shay Clairmont resigned from the police department effective Aug. 25, and Mayor Charley Gariepy said the town doesn’t have a replacement yet.  Gariepy planned to meet wi...


Insurance, medical marijuana discussed at public hearing

POLSON – Two public hearings were scheduled before the Polson City Commission meeting on Monday, Aug. 16.  The first hearing to discuss the city’s fiscal year 2010-11 preliminary budget and notice of an increase in permissive medical mills began at 6 p.m. Much of the discussion centere...


Board: no more ‘home ec’ at Polson High School

POLSON — The School District #23 Board of Trustees suspended the Family and Consumer Sciences program at Polson High School at their Aug. 9 meeting. Board Chair Theresa Taylor said the district had posted a job opening for a FCS teacher two times and had no completed applications. Trustee Kelly B...


Ronan couple resents lift station’s lingering issues

RONAN — Rick and Vicki Wheeler attended Monday night’s Ronan City Council Meeting with the Spring Creek Lift Station — and its malfunctions — on their mind.  The couple’s property on 5th Ave. SW abuts the Spring Creek Lift Station. The pair claims that since the new l...


St. Ignatius city council discusses water, medical marijuana

ST. IGNATIUS — After a boil water order for St. Ignatius was downgraded to a health advisory, a few residents voiced concerns at the Aug. 3 city council meeting that they weren’t notified soon enough of the E. coli contamination in town water. Hope Ranel, a caregiver at Mill Pond Home assisted...


Streetscape receives funds from PRA board

POLSON — The Polson City Commissioners received some good news at their Monday, Aug. 2 meeting when the Polson Redevelopment Agency Board voted to recommend its 2009 Tax Increment Funds be allocated to the Streetscape project.  The amount was expected to be $10,000 but turned out there was $90,...


Landowners forced to plow through aging irrigation network

ST. IGNATIUS — On April 9, the Bureau of Indian Affairs officially turned over control of the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project to a cooperative management entity composed of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Flathead Joint Board of Control. In the four months since, FIIP project man...


St. Ignatius boil water order downgraded

ST. IGNATIUS — A boil-water order issued by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for the town of St. Ignatius was repealed Tuesday after several water samples taken Monday from previously contaminated wells came back clean. The town remains under a health advisory until further notice from t...


Ronan welcomes new addition to police department

RONAN — At a Ronan City Council meeting on Monday, the council approved the appointment of Patrick Nobles as the new part-time Ronan police officer. “Most of the (police) departments have only been hiring experienced people,” Ronan Assistant Police Chief Art Walgren said.  Nobles...


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