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City, County receive recycling grants

POLSON — It’s going to be easier to recycle in Polson soon. Polson Parks Director Karen Sargeant and Lake County Solid Waste District Program Manager Mark Nelson held a joint press conference to announce recycling grants.  The city of Polson received about $24,000 from the Recycling Infrastructure Grant from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, part of the stimulus package Sargeant said. The money will be spent on 60 and 95-gallon bins, 15 gallon tubs and wire baskets for cardboard as well as a trailer to transport the larger bins to the Transfer Station. The equipment should be here in three or four weeks, Sargeant said. Nelson said the Lake County Transf...


New law for an old drug

Candidates for the state legislature are grappling with medical marijuana issues as more Montanans become patients and caregivers. When the 2011 legislature convenes in January, legislators will address areas from the patient approval process to caregiver regulations. In this article, local candidates discus...


Five county law officials run for sheriff

With the primary elections just around the corner, Lake County Sheriff candidates are working hard to get their messages to the public before the primary elections on June 8.  Arthur (Art) D. Walgren currently serves as the assistant chief of police in the Ronan Police Department. The 46-year-old R...


Medical marijuana zoning meeting draws small crowd

POLSON — The latest public meeting to solicit public comment on medical marijuana zoning regulations for Polson was held on May 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Even though medical marijuana is a hot topic in Polson, only about 16 community members attended the meeting held on the third floor of the Lake County C...


Teachers get wild at Bison Range workshop

You learn something new every day, a fact that was certainly true at a discovery workshop for teachers held Friday at the National Bison Range. About 20 Western Montana educators who work with children ages 3-7 attended the Growing Up WILD workshop, where they were introduced to a variety of activities that ...


Commission tables Kapp’s property trade proposal

POLSON — Gary Kapp came to the Polson City Commission meeting on Monday night to propose a trade. Kapp offered a piece of his property east of La Vista Drive and a sewer easement to the city in exchange for waiving the $5,700 impact fees on his property. The commissioners and Kapp discussed concerns...


Jette Meadows upgrades water system

POLSON — A new 200,000-gallon water tank nestles in the pines of Jette Meadows, a tangible symbol of five years of hard work for the Jette Meadows Lake County Water and Sewer District.  The overhaul of the water system began with a well going dry about three years ago, but prior to that periodi...


Community discusses medical marijuana issues

POLSON — About 14 community members attended the first medical marijuana meeting scheduled at the Polson Court House on April 27. Joyce Weaver, City of Polson Building and Planning Department Head chaired the meeting.  Weaver assembled a volunteer committee to meet and solicit public input on m...


City council approves contract with hospital

RONAN — At a Ronan City Council meeting on Monday, the city council moved to approve a contract with St. Luke Community Hospital that would charge the Ronan Police Department $300 per sexual assault exam. “This is a bargain when you look at what everyone else is being charged,” Assistant...


Commissioners approve city engineer contract

POLSON — At the Polson City Commission meeting on April 19, Polson City Manager Todd Crossett’s comments were moved to the beginning of the agenda. Crossett had quite a few people and projects to bring the commission up to speed on, too.  Starting the list, Crossett said he wanted to pers...


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