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Rural Fire Trustees plan for new wildland truck

POLSON — The Polson Rural Fire District Trustees held their monthly meeting on April 14 at 7 p.m. The trustees discussed 323, a truck housed at Irvine Flats. It will cost an estimated $2,000 to fix the truck. Trustee Jack Clapp said there seem to be three choices with the truck: scrap it, repair it or explore something different.  Chair Alison Meslin asked how the board would pay for a new vehicle. There is $7,000 in the operating fund and $6,000 in the truck fund, Meslin said. Trustees asked PRFD Treasurer Bonnie Manicke if the rest of the money could be borrowed from Intercap. Intercap is a Montana Board of Investments program which loans money to all government ...


Vandals destroy political signs

CHARLO — Three political signs were torched and axed by an unknown party last Sunday evening, leaving political candidates and their neighbors outraged. The signs were on properties in the Charlo and Ninepipe areas. Paul Tryon, a Republican candidate, purchased two of the signs as part of his campai...


Arlee water/sewer district honored with public health award

ARLEE — Clean drinking water is something most Americans take for granted. But when you’ve spent 25 years working on providing your community with good water, as Arlee residents Gary and Connie Wining have, certainly some recognition is due. That’s why the Lake County Board of Health recent...


Firefighters hold candidate forum

POLSON — The Polson Volunteer Fire Department, which serves both city and rural districts, held a forum for candidates seeking two spots on the Polson Rural Fire District board of trustees. Beth Hoel and Alison Meslin are running for a three-year term while Paul Laisy and Stephen Stanley vie for a one-...


Sign language

No garden hats or floral dresses or watercress sandwiches were visible at the Tea Party on the evening of Tax Day, April 15, at Ducharme Park. Irv Milheim counted 61 people who showed up with their handmade signs and lawn chairs to protest taxes on a beautiful spring day. A few more Tea Party supporters m...


Polson welcomes exchange student's family

POLSON —  Pirjo and her husband Veli-Pekka Pihlainen both said their favorite thing about Polson was “the people, I think” with a smile. Visitors from Finland, the Pihlainens and their daughter Kaisu, 12, have been staying near Polson for about 10 days.  Why would Finnish fo...


Superintendent announces OPI plan

RONAN — In a Ronan-Pablo School Board meeting on Monday, superintendent Andy Holmlund announced that the Montana Office of Public Instruction plans to apply for Race to the Top funds.  Tennessee and Delaware have both applied and were awarded with funds that would enable the districts within th...


Missoula, Charlo school bands swap songs

CHARLO — The silky, smooth sound of live jazz filled Charlo School’s gymnasium last Wednesday as Jazz III showed the Charlo Middle School Band a thing or two about performing music. Jazz III is a lively jazz band filled with community members and musicians from the University of Montana. Charl...


Rural Fire Board candidates weigh in on issues

POLSON — The Polson Rural Fire District board of trustees has an election coming up on May 4. Beth Hoel and incumbent Alison Meslin are running for a three-year term. Incumbent Paul Laisy and Stephen “Steve” Stanley are candidates for a one-year term.  The candidates were asked for ...


County runs transportation levy

POLSON — A road grader costs an astounding $240,000, and Lake County’s newest grader is a 1996 model. And years of hard work on the county roads is beginning to catch up quickly on the county's road maintenance rigs. To try and deal with aging equipment and the rising cost of parts and supplie...


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