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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, a native to Polson, graduated from a police academy but hasn’t been able to find a law enforcement position because many experienced police officers have been competing for the same positions.  Walgren said that unlike Nobles, most part-time police officers have not graduated from a police academy. He explained that Nobles’ schooling will certainly benefit the Ronan...


Commissioners select contractor for Streetscape

POLSON —The Polson City Commissioners awarded the bid for the Streetscape project to LHC, Inc. at their meeting on July 19 at 7 p.m. The motion is contingent upon final approval for Community Transportation Enhancement Program funds. The Kalispell firm’s bid was $1,602,193.68.  City Engin...


Council prohibits public medical marijuana use

RONAN — After approving an ordinance that prohibited the sale of medical marijuana within city limits on June 29, the city council passed another ordinance on Monday prohibiting the use of medical marijuana “anywhere upon public property or within the public view” within Ronan’s city ...


Medical marijuana banned in Ronan

RONAN — At a meeting on Monday, Ronan City Council members voted unanimously to follow the planning board’s recommendation prohibiting the sale, growth and distribution of medical marijuana within the city limits. Previously, the Ronan City Council issued a temporary moratorium, restricting me...


Commissioners agree to pave Main Street

POLSON — Downtown business owner Jackie Cripe from Jackie M’s Footwear gave an impassioned plea to the Polson City Commissioners to patch the unpaved strip of Main Street at the June 21 meeting at 7 p.m.  After first thanking the Polson City Street Department for doing as good a job as th...


Congressional candidates debate hot topics

BOZEMAN — A debate Saturday between U.S. House of Representatives candidates Republican Denny Rehberg, Libertarian Mike Fellows and Democrat Dennis McDonald quickly heated up when McDonald took a biting approach to informing the audience why voters should replace the incumbent Rehberg.  In his ...


Ronan approves placing library mill levy on ballot

RONAN — On Monday the Ronan City Council approved placing a proposed mill levy for the Ronan City Library on the ballot that will be voted on by city residents in September.  According to a letter from the Ronan City Library Board, a 20 mill levy will cost the Ronan homeowner $46.30 per year fo...


Polson Commissioners discuss Main Street

POLSON — Mayor Pat DeVries and the Polson City Commissioners discussed the state of Main Street at the June 8 meeting.  Polson City Manager Todd Crossett said the Polson Business Community would like to see the city durapatch the dirt strip on Main Street.  The street department has bee...


RPD plans fundraiser for animal control

RONAN — For Laura Larson, catching an occasional stray canine is not a job — it’s community service. And as Ronan’s unofficial dog catcher, she is happy to volunteer.  Her title officially is Community Service Officer, but with that position, she volunteers 26 hours per week, ...


Hathaway presents groundwater information

PABLO — Deborah L. Hathaway from S.S. Papadopulos & Associates, Inc., gave a presentation on groundwater at the Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission Negotiating session on May 26. Hathaway said the goals for the study were to understand ground water in the major basins — the Little Bit...


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