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Fleming, Salomon vie for House District 12 seat

In the race for House District 12, both incumbent John Fleming (D) and his Republican opponent Dan Salomon agree that energy, small business development and keeping Montana’s state budget in the black are crucial issues in the next legislative term.  “We are very happy to be in the black and we are one of two states to be there,” the fiscally conservative Fleming said. He explained how managing the potential $400 million budget gap could prove to be a difficult task in the next legislative session.  “The clearest message is the government is going to have a budget that will maintain its core services,” Fleming said, listing those services as ...


Community urges changes to Polson city budget

POLSON — “We have a more than full house,” Mayor Pat DeVries said as she opened the 6:30 p.m. public hearing on amendments to the 2010-2011 budget on Sept. 4. Interested people packed the city commission chambers and the adjoining hall.  All the uproar stemmed from the Sept. 8 meeti...


Lake County elected officials receive pay raise

POLSON — The Lake County Compensation Board and the Lake County Commissioners have been grappling with a way to give elected officials with experience more money. In a meeting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23, the board, after much discussion, passed two motions for the commissioners to peruse.   ...


City library, parks underspent budgets

POLSON — Mayor Pat DeVries started off the Sept. 20 Polson City Commissioners meeting with two things to note on the commission meeting of Sept. 8.  “The first one is a correction concerning a statement that was attached to the budget amendment at that meeting,” DeVries said. &ldquo...


Commissioners pass budget in heated meeting

POLSON — The 2010-11 budget was the big issue at the Sept. 8 Polson City Commission meeting. After a budget workshop the last week of August and discussion on Sept. 8, Councilman Mike Lies moved to adopt Resolution #1016, the final budget for fiscal year 2010-11. However, Lies added some unexpected ame...


City responds to rising water rates

RONAN — A sharp increase in water rates may add an additional burden to struggling Ronan families this fall.  On Monday, a crowd of disgruntled Ronan residents gathered at the Ronan Middle School for a public hearing, hoping to catch city council’s explanation of rising water rates, which...


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, wi...


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...


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