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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 opening statement, McDonald accused Rehberg of falsely advertising himself as a rancher and said Rehberg hasn’t accomplished anything noteworthy for Montana during his time in Washington, D.C. “He’s not a rancher; he’s a land developer,” McDonald said, claiming that Rehberg split up his family’s ranch and sold it to create subdivisions, a charge Reh...

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...

Two vie for Senate District 5 seat

Democrat Edd Blackler and Republican incumbent Verdell Jackson are candidates for Senate District 5. Both candidates were asked what they felt were the top three issues that should be addressed by the 2011 Montana State Legislature. Since families are the foundation of the United State, Jackson said the t...

House District 11 candidates talk issues

Four office-seekers are vying for the opportunity to represent House District 11. The three Republican candidates are J. Garth Cox, Josh D. King and incumbent Janna Taylor. Cheryl Wolfe is the Green Party candidate. Cox, King, Taylor and Wolfe all were asked the top three issues they felt should be addres...

New problems plague Spring Creek Lift Station

RONAN — After approving the draw down for the Spring Creek Project at a council meeting on Monday, the Ronan City Council was informed of new issues that had recently developed with the Spring Creek Lift Station. The impermeable liner that was installed to act as a reinforcement in the station, came...

County commissioner candidates weigh-in on issues

Four Republicans candidates are running for Lake County Commissioner for District #2. Since there are no other opponents, the primary election on June 8 will decide their race. The candidates are Roy Anderson , Ann Smith Brower , Ron Merwin and Paul Tryon .  The candidates were asked for thei...

House District 12 race draws 2 Republicans, 1 Democrat

In the June 8 primary, candidates Dan Salomon and John Swenso n face off for the Republicans, while incumbent John Fleming remains the sole Democrat running for the Montana House of Representatives District 12.  Salomon is 53 years old and resides west of Pablo. He has been married for 30 years ...


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