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Doyle edges Kendley for win in sheriff's race

The voters have spoken, and what was likely the most hotly contested race for sheriff in Lake County's history is over. According to unofficial results, Republican Joy Doyle defeated Independent Steve Kendley by fewer than 300 votes in the first Lake County Sheriff's race with three candidates since 1994. Doyle won with 38 percent of the vote; Kendley had 35 percent; and Democrat Dan Yonkin followed with 26 percent. Doyle, who takes office Jan. 1, said while he would've liked more of a margin between Kendley and himself, he expected a close race. "I would just like to thank all the people that voted," Doyle said. "Thank you for supporting me, and tell them 'Thank you' for their pra...


Commission chooses Smith for Ward 1

POLSON —Todd Coutts, Lou Marchello and Don Smith submitted letters of interest in the Ward 1 City Commissioner vacancy. Polson City Commissioners voted at the meeting on Nov. 1 and unanimously for Don Smith. The unanimous vote followed two deadlocked votes.  Smith, 57, has lived in Polson all h...


Brown, Reichner contend for district 9

RONAN — Republican incumbent Scott Reichner is vying for the House District 9 seat against Democrat Neal Brown. Both candidates believe in stricter penalties for drunk driving offenses, but Brown and Reichner differ on specific issues including Montana’s energy solutions and workers’ com...


Mission Police down to skeleton crew

ST. IGNATIUS — The Mission Police Department remains shorthanded after officer Scott Sciaretta was put on administrative leave Oct. 5 pending an investigation by the state’s Department of Criminal Investigations.  “There is no complaint” about Sciaretta’s job performance...


Candidates discuss issues, priorities

POLSON — A candidate forum sponsored by the Polson Chamber of Commerce drew a crowd of about 80 people on Saturday night.  The event was held at Polson High School, and Polson Chamber members submitted questions for the candidates. Candidates attending were: Jay Doyle, R, and Dan Yonkin, D, ...


Council discusses low revenue, budget

RONAN — In a city council meeting on Oct. 12, the Ronan Parks and Recreation Director and Ronan Court Clerk Jennifer Rolfsness communicated the duties of the parks department to the Ronan City Council.  During the conversation, Rolfsness asked the council if they wanted the parks department to ...


Business people ask for help with Main Street SID

POLSON — Main Street business people Ed McCurdy, Gayle Siemers and Streetscape committee member Becky Dupuis were on the agenda at the Oct.18 Polson City Commissioner’s meeting. They had come to talk to the commissioners about additional funding for the Main Street Special Improvement District. ...


Senator hears concerns on Indian Country roads

POLSON — It’s no revelation to residents of the Flathead Reservation that the roads need improvement, and according to panelists at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Indian reservations across the country are facing similar or worse problems with their roads and bridges.  ...


Streetscape project continues on Main Street

POLSON — Excavators, dump trucks, Bobcats and workmen in bright orange vests are busy on Polson’s Streetscape project. The project broke ground on Main Street Aug.16 and extends from 7th Avenue to Highway 93 and has now progressed to week nine.  It was announced at the July 19 Polson City...


City considers new finance officer position

RONAN — Ronan is growing rapidly. Federally mandated improvements to the water and sewer systems have furthered present grants and loans. And with more financial responsibilities given to the city clerk, the Ronan City Council moved to advertise for a fiscal officer in a council meeting on Sept. 27.&nb...


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