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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 hearings in January. At this time, the growth policy rewrite is scheduled for an additional work session with the Lake County Planning Board in February. Please read the following legal notices or review current Lake County legal notices here, which describe the status of the rewrite project, including how it relates to a recent proposal by the Lake County Commissioners to repeal the Densi...


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...


Gianforte touts tax bill in visit to Polson Gianforte touts tax bill in visit to Polson

POLSON — Montana’s congressman came to town last week to meet locals and discuss goings-on in the nation’s capital during the past seven months since he was sworn in.  Rep. Greg Gianforte spoke at Lake City Bakery & Eatery for an hour Wednesday morning, Jan. 24, and touted the i...


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 Electi...


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...


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