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Commissioners okay $100 yearly lease for MVA

POLSON — Hu Beaver, Mission Valley Aquatics board president, presented the MVA case for a zero lease on five acres of city land on Kerr Dam Road at the Dec. 20 Polson City Commission meeting. MVA is considering the land for its pool project.  “Mission Valley Aquatics wants to know if the city would be of the kind nature to give us a zero lease if we were to purchase the building (old Tamsco building on Kerr Dam Road),” Beaver asked. City manager Todd Crossett said there has been a “lot of pretty spirited debate” on where the MVA should build the pool.  The commissioners voted to lease the five-acre property to MVA for $100 per year if they bu...


Mission students roll out holiday donations

ST. IGNATIUS — Never has so much toilet paper been seen at the Mission School. And no, students weren’t vandalizing the halls. St. Ignatius middle-schoolers collected 2,528 rolls of toilet paper last week to donate to local food banks, Orange Acres in Arlee and homeless shelters in Missoula.&n...


Commissioners approve C.O.P.S. grant, library interlocal

POLSON —  At the Dec. 6 Polson City Commission meeting, one of the first agenda items was a COPS grant received by the Polson Police Department. The grant would provide a salary for a 13th officer for three years. Then the city would need to pay the officer’s salary for the fourth year. ...


Brueggeman resigns to focus on career

Polson’s John Brueggeman resigned from his Senate District 6 seat Monday, saying that after nearly 10 years in the state legislature, he now must focus on his career. Brueggeman works as a professional services manager for 3M’s west coast region. A Republican first elected to the State House a...


Stop signs on Main Street are hot topic

POLSON — Four-way stop signs at Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Avenues on Main Street are a new phenomenon. Some Polsonites love them, and some hate them.  City Manager Todd Crossett said he’d had more positive than negative comments on the stop signs. The city will continue to collect op...


Commissioners discuss accident response ordinance

POLSON — Polson City Commissioners discussed the first reading of Ordinance 660 that would authorize the Polson Volunteer Fire Department to bill people’s insurance for incident response for car accidents. The ordinance has tiered prices, from providing hazardous materials assessment and scene...


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....


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...


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