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PFI, Park Board discuss boat launch

POLSON — Turning the regatta grounds at the Polson Fairgrounds into a boat launch has been discussed for the last 10 years, but it was discussed again at the Lake County Park board meeting on May 4 in the Lake County Commissioners office. After other business, Tom McDonald, division manager for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation as well as a park board member, brought up Quagga and Zebra mussels and ways to prevent the spread of these invasive species. McDonald said there is “a dramatic need for a wash station and a place to quarantine boats. The regatta grounds has potential to be part of that.” Clint Folden, Conf...

Commissioners vote against Meridian purchase

POLSON — The Meridian building, also known as the old Tamsco building, showed up on the Polson City commissioners' agenda again for at least the second time. Polson City manager Todd Crossett said Mike Maddy approached him with an offer to sell the Meridian building to the city of Polson for $590,00...

Ronan hosts cleanup day

RONAN – The Ronan Chamber of Commerce and the City of Ronan are hosting a clean-up day Saturday, April 16. There will be three dumpsters available for community members to use. The locations are: the True Value parking lot, the city park (across from the fire hall), and the Ronan City Shop at the end o...

Polson city employees plan haul away day

POLSON — As lawns and fields are greening up, and crocuses and grape hyacinths peek out of the soil, locals are itching to clean out flowerbeds, roto-till their gardens and rake dried grass out of their lawns.  The City of Polson has a plan to help with all the yard waste, leaves, downed branch...

Report critical of lawmakers

The Policy Institute, a liberal think tank in Helena, released a report entitled “Profiles in Hypocrisy” on March 11. The report listed 33 currently serving legislators who received conservation, disaster and commodity subsidies during the 14-year period from 1995 to 2009.  The point of t...

Mission hires police chief

ST. IGNATIUS — A new face took over the reins of the Mission Police Department Monday, Mayor Charley Gariepy said. John Parker, of Dillingham, Alaska, was recently hired as full-time police chief. The department now has two full-time officers. Acting police chief Tony Buff and officer Scott Sciarett...

Growing local food, clean up topics at commission meeting

POLSON — Polson Commissioners got the scoop on activities planned for the community at their April 4 meeting. Kelly Ware, Jason Moore and Bud Papin presented information promoting local food production and their plan for public gardens and gardening classes in Polson. They did not want any action f...

Commissioners get the lowdown on downtown

POLSON — The Polson Community Development Agency’s fundraising sub-committee received $12,000 from its first mailing, according to Joslyn Shackelford, Alpine Landscape and Design. Shackelford, a volunteer on the committee, gave Polson City commissioners a PowerPoint update on progress on Main Str...

Ronan Parks department low on funding

RONAN –  Ronan City Council spoke with the city’s parks and recreation coordinator Jennifer Rolfsness Monday, March 14 to discuss funding issues for 2011. According to Rolfsness, the parks and recreation department is feeling the economic crunch after overspending in 2010. Rolfsness is cu...

Commissioners poo poo permanent porta-potties for putters

POLSON — City commissioners were asked to approve portable toilet facilities for long-term use at the Polson golf course at their meeting on March 7. As soon as the golf course opens a porta-potty will be situated at the 15th hole and another by the John Dowdall Theatre.  A building housing toi...

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