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Ronan couple resents lift station’s lingering issues

RONAN — Rick and Vicki Wheeler attended Monday night’s Ronan City Council Meeting with the Spring Creek Lift Station — and its malfunctions — on their mind.  The couple’s property on 5th Ave. SW abuts the Spring Creek Lift Station. The pair claims that since the new lift station has been completed, water has been running off the lift station, filling their back yard and creating a small pond when it rains.  They claim the new lift station was built higher than the previous lift station, and extends into their property three feet more than the one foot that the city paid them for.  They also say that their backyard smells like sewer an...


St. Ignatius city council discusses water, medical marijuana

ST. IGNATIUS — After a boil water order for St. Ignatius was downgraded to a health advisory, a few residents voiced concerns at the Aug. 3 city council meeting that they weren’t notified soon enough of the E. coli contamination in town water. Hope Ranel, a caregiver at Mill Pond Home assisted...


Streetscape receives funds from PRA board

POLSON — The Polson City Commissioners received some good news at their Monday, Aug. 2 meeting when the Polson Redevelopment Agency Board voted to recommend its 2009 Tax Increment Funds be allocated to the Streetscape project.  The amount was expected to be $10,000 but turned out there was $90,...


Landowners forced to plow through aging irrigation network

ST. IGNATIUS — On April 9, the Bureau of Indian Affairs officially turned over control of the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project to a cooperative management entity composed of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Flathead Joint Board of Control. In the four months since, FIIP project man...


St. Ignatius boil water order downgraded

ST. IGNATIUS — A boil-water order issued by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for the town of St. Ignatius was repealed Tuesday after several water samples taken Monday from previously contaminated wells came back clean. The town remains under a health advisory until further notice from t...


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...


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...


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