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Chief of Police John Parker resigns

ST. IGNATIUS — The town is once again looking for another Chief of Police after John Parker resigned during the city council meeting on Dec. 6. Parker’s last day was Dec. 9, and Mayor Charles Gariepy appointed officer Aaron Frank to serve as acting chief. Frank’s been with the department since Aug. 22. Parker served as Police Chief since April. The two were the department’s only two officers. “I’m going to pursue other opportunities,” Parker simply stated after Gariepy read his letter of resignation, following complaints of recent burglaries and thefts in several area homes and businesses. There have been reports of thefts and burglaries, part...


New floodplain maps up for review

POLSON — As part of a three-year FEMA map modernization program, the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and the Lake County Planning Department invited the public to check out new draft floodplain maps of Lake County last week. A lengthy study of floodplains in the area led to the inclusi...


City commissioners hear public comment on 'Mansion' issues

POLSON — With no new business items and only public comment under old business, the Polson City Commission meeting on Dec. 5. looked to be a short meeting, but issues about the Mansion, the large office building on top of Polson hill, cropped up at the meeting and extended its length. Before the con...


City Commission debates 'Mansion' issue

POLSON — The “Mansion,” the 26,000 square foot office building on top of Polson hill, was on the agenda again at the Nov. 21 city commissioners meeting. City commissioner Judy Preston submitted an agenda item asking for answers to questions raised about the mansion and its owner at the Oct....


Frey, Johnson elected to city council

ST. IGNATIUS — Ray Frey and Marine Johnson were elected to the St. Ignatius city council with 103 and 92 votes. City council candidate Roger Lemon received 39 votes, and John Wayne Mitchell had 42 votes.  Johnson joined the council in 2006 and decided to re-run for her city council seat.  ...


Ronan unofficial election results tallied

This year’s city election for Ronan had only two wards with more than one candidate running for city council. In ward one, Ellen Kaphammer received 79 votes for the four-year term, and ran unopposed. In ward two, Calvin Hardy was elected for the four-year councilman seat, collecting 59 votes. Hardy ...


Commissioners approve Vicwood subdivision

POLSON — “You haven’t taken care of that mosquito pond,” Commissioner Mike Lies, who lives near the Vicwood development, said. “… I’m not going to vote for it.” Lies spoke to developer Dennis Duty when the Vicwood subdivision appeared again on the Polson Ci...


Unofficial local election results posted

POLSON Four city commission races and new names on the mail-in ballots made for an interesting election on Nov. 8. The results are all unofficial until they are certified. Lake County Election Administrator Kathie Newgard reported that 38.9 percent of voters returned their ballots. Ward One had races for ...


Lack of funding delays water project again

ST. IGNATIUS — The majority of last week's St. Ignatius City Council meeting was spent talking about the town’s new water project that includes adding chlorination, a monitoring system and a new well and pipes. The city has been working with Montana’s Great West Engineering, and engineer Fr...


Four candidates seek positions on Mission council

ST. IGNATIUS — Four candidates are seeking to fill two vacant St. Ignatius Town Council seats left by Marine Johnson and Ray Jensen. Johnson plans to re-run for her seat, and joining her will be candidates Ray Frey, John Mitchell and Roger Lemon. Johnson joined the council in 2006 and is re-running ...


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