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Election administrator clarifies irrigation forms Election administrator clarifies irrigation forms

LAKE COUNTY – The Flathead Joint Board of Control recently sent out three forms to irrigators in preparation for the May 2018 election that have been a bit confusing. Three forms were inside the envelope including a green instruction form, a designation form, and a signature form. Lake County Election Administrator Katie Harding clarified that the signature form does not need to be notarized. The person designated to vote needs to sign the signature form so that the election office has a record of each voter’s signature, which is needed because the election is done by mail. “It is meant to be a one-time form we will have on file to make sure we can complete our pr...

PHS teacher is Polson’s new mayor PHS teacher is Polson’s new mayor

By Caleb M. Soptelean Valley Journal POLSON — After teaching about government for 30 years at Polson High School and 37 years overall, Paul Briney is putting it into practice.  He recently replaced Heather Knutson as mayor after he was the only person to file for the seat last year. ...

Large drug bust in Polson area involves U.S. Postal Service contractors Large drug bust in Polson area involves U.S. Postal Service contractors

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two U.S. Postal Service contractors for felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. An LCSO deputy acted on information that Anthony Friscia, 62, and Mary Friscia, 47, were utilizing the U.S. Postal Service to traffic methamphetamine int...

New chair elected to CSKT tribal council

News from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes PABLO – Ron Trahan, who has served on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council for a total of 14 years, was elected chairman on Friday, Jan. 5. Trahan had served as chairman once before in 2014. The previous chairman was Vernon Fi...

Election filing season begins

POLSON — The election filing season for various local offices has begun.  Lake County elections official Katie Harding said that numerous seats are open on governing boards of 10 fire districts, the Flathead, Jocko and Mission irrigation districts, eight water and sewer districts and the Greate...

New Polson mayor takes seat

POLSON — Paul Briney was sworn in as Polson’s new mayor during a Jan. 3 city commission meeting. Briney, who replaced Heather Knutson, was the lone person to file for the seat last year. He and new Ward 3 commissioner Brodie Moll took their oaths of office at the meeting along with Bob Martin,...

Sheriff reports 60 people released from jail in three weeks Sheriff reports 60 people released from jail in three weeks

POLSON – Lake County Sheriff Don Bell wants the community to see just how many people are being released from jail each week that would have remained incarcerated if it weren’t for a lack of space. “We want to be transparent about the problem and show people how badly we need a new deten...

Nominations for awards sought

News from the Governor’s Office HELENA – The Governor’s Office of Community Service is accepting nominations for the eighth annual ServeMontana Awards. The ServeMontana Awards recognize and thank Montanans for their everyday contributions to their community and civic life through se...

Tester requests Capitol tree be used for Sperry Chalet rebuild

GREAT FALLS — U.S. Senator Jon Tester is asking the Architect of the Capitol to allow the Capitol Christmas Tree to be hauled back to Montana to help rebuild the historic Sperry Chalet, which was destroyed during the 2017 wildfire season.  Partnering with The Washington Companies, SmartLam, and...

Governor names 2017 Montana highlights

From the office of Governor Steve Bullock HELENA — As 2017 comes to an end, this year in review highlights bipartisan progress by Governor Bullock and his administration to keep Montana moving forward. While not without challenges, including the most expensive fire season on record and a special s...

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