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Lake County Density Map discussed, public hearing set for March 13 Lake County Density Map discussed, public hearing set for March 13

POLSON — It may not have been a sweet deal, but the Lake County Planning Board and 15 community members met the evening of Feb. 14 during a snowstorm.  The Planning Board — which is in the process of writing a new growth policy to update one approved in 2003 — took public comment on the county commissioners’ plan to make the density map and regulations advisory rather than regulatory. Following that, the board held a lengthy discussion and then voted 5-3 to proceed with wording that gives them three options for the density map: repeal it, amend it and keep it as regulatory or amend it and make it advisory as part of the growth policy. In approving that measur...


Missoula Democrat touts ties to farmers, ranchers Missoula Democrat touts ties to farmers, ranchers

POLSON — Grant Kier came to town last week and touted his collaboration skills. Kier, 42, is one of five Democrats running for their party’s nomination on June 5 to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte in November.  Kier, who grew up in Boulder, Colorado, has worked as executi...


Retired Billings judge targets Tester in Polson event  Retired Billings judge targets Tester in Polson event 

POLSON — One of five Republicans running for their party’s nomination to the U.S. Senate came to town last week and spent much of the evening throwing jabs at U.S. Sen. Jon Tester. Russ Fagg, a 57-year-old retired district court judge from Billings and a former state legislator and prosecutor,...


Group of irrigators win lawsuit to dissolve FJBC Group of irrigators win lawsuit to dissolve FJBC

POLSON – After about four years of working together, voting on issues, and managing funds concerning water distribution for irrigation, it was recently discovered that the Flathead Joint Board of Control isn’t a valid governmental entity. Lake County District Court Judge James Manley ordered t...


Lake County swears in new treasurer Lake  County swears in new  treasurer

POLSON — Lake County has another treasurer. Robin Vert-Rubel was sworn-in on Thursday, Feb. 1, replacing Tammy Gerrity, who stepped down for personal reasons.  Gerrity was appointed on Aug. 1 last year to replace Patti Duford-Kugler, who resigned after 12 years in the position. Gerrity remai...


Planning board to hold growth policy session

News from the Lake County Planning Board POLSON — Thank you to everyone who reviewed the second draft rewrite of the Lake County Growth Policy and have otherwise participated to date. The second draft was reviewed by the Lake County Planning Board and Polson City-County Planning Board at public he...


CSKT land use planner shares concerns over density map repeal CSKT land use planner shares concerns over density map repeal

PABLO — The Flathead Indian Reservation’s planning director is concerned about the Lake County commissioners’ plan to make the density map advisory rather than regulatory.  Commissioners have said they plan to repeal the map and make it advisory as part of an updated growth policy.&...


Lake County bans e-cigarettes in public buildings

POLSON — Lake County is the sixth county in the state to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places. It is now unlawful to smoke e-cigarettes in a place of work or an enclosed public space or within 25 feet of such a building.  Lake County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolu...


Density map purpose detailed

(Editor’s note:  The following excerpt comes from the Lake County Density Map and Regulations document that was adopted Oct. 1, 2005 under the section: Purpose.) The purpose of the Lake County Density Map and Regulations is to lessen congestion in the streets; to secure from fire, panic, and ot...


County commissioners opt to make density map advisory, not regulatory

POLSON — Lake County is undergoing the process of repealing its density map and then approving it for use as an advisory document, county commissioners said last week. County Planning Director Jacob Feistner said the goal is to repeal the 2005 document — which is a standalone document used for...


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