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Operation Lady Justice Task Force opens

News from the Office of Indian Affairs MONTANA — Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Tara Katuk Sweeney announced the opening of the third of seven offices established under the Operation Lady Justice Task Force to investigate cold cases involving missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives.  “President Donald Trump took action and is committed to addressing the missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Native crisis impacting communities across the nation, and this cold case office in Billings will be critical to those efforts,” said Sweeney. “As these offices are stood up, we will be better positioned to resolve these cold cases fo...

North Lake County Public Library open Monday-Friday, mask required

POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library now has three laptops and three T-Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots available for our patrons. The Summer Reading Program will end on Aug. 14. Finish up your reading logs on READSquared. The random drawing for prizes will take place on Aug. 17.  View the wonderful...

Over $7.5M coronavirus relief funds awarded

MONTANA — Montana Department of Agriculture announced that over $7.5 million in grant funding has been awarded through the Montana Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant programs. The grants are designed to aid small and medium-sized meat processors in responding to the COVID-19 crisis through the adapta...

MT leaders urge extended Census deadline

 MONTANA — Governor Steve Bullock and Lt. Governor Mike Cooney sent a letter urging the U.S. Census Bureau to continue 2020 Census operations through its extended deadline of Oct. 31 to get an accurate count for Montana while allowing for continued health and safety measures to slow the spread of ...

CSKT water compact bill clears first hurdle in U.S. Senate

FLATHEAD RESERVATION – A Montana water rights bill that would end a years-long debate was passed by a congressional committee on July 29, the next step in ensuring irrigators and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes can avoid lengthy and costly adjudication of irrigation rights.  Members...

Daines’ bipartisan Montana Water Rights Protection Act passes Senate committee

News from the Office of Senator Steve Daines  U.S. SENATE – On July 28, U.S. Senator Steve Daines secured passage of his bipartisan bill, the Montana Water Rights Protection Act, out of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, clearing the way for a Senate vote on the bill. “For decad...

CSKT Water Compact clears key committee hurdle

News from the Office of Senator Jon Tester  MONTANA – U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s historic Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Water Compact cleared a key hurdle on July 29 as it passed the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.  The bipartisan Montana Water Rights Protection...

Polson school's summer meal program temporarily suspended

News from the Polson School District  POLSON – The Polson School District summer meal program has been temporarily suspended – effective immediately – beginning on July 28.  A district food service worker tested positive for COVID-19. The district has notified the Lake Cou...

Local schools still pondering fall openings, new superintendents welcomed Local schools still pondering fall openings, new superintendents welcomed

LAKE COUNTY – As the academic school year creeps closer for students who are tentatively scheduled to return to area classrooms in late August, school district administrators throughout the county have been busily crafting reopening plans and preparing classrooms for a safe return. While a few schoo...

View from the Library

Our library trustees voted unanimously to approve a “Fine Free Policy” for the library, which went into effect on Aug. 3. Other library systems have proven that late fines are not effective in getting materials returned, and for us, fines are less than one percent of total annual revenue.  ...

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