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Fire fund nearly doubled heading into wildfire season Fire fund nearly doubled heading into wildfire season

News from the Governor’s Office  MONTANA – Gov. Steve Bullock announced that Montana’s fire fund will be nearly doubled to $66.5 million, up from $36 million, heading into the wildfire season. “Montanans can rest assured that due to strong fiscal management by the state our budget is well positioned heading into the wildfire season,” said Bullock. “Not only will we protect firefighters and our communities when fire strikes, we will also protect taxpayer dollars and continue to invest in the priorities Montanans expect with a robust and balanced budget.”  With prudent management through a fiscally challenging biennium, state agen...

Fire danger 'very high'

News from CSKT Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Division of Fire officials have determined fire danger within the Flathead Indian Reservation to be Very High.   Recent days have been extremely hot and dry with little to no moisture, causing vegetation and grasses to cure. This fine...

Hunter education class announced

News from CSKT  Class for the Polson, Ronan, Pablo summer Hunter Education course will start Tuesday, Aug. 20, in room 118 of the Beaverhead math and science building on the Salish Kootenai College campus in Pablo. The course is free of charge. All classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. ...

Get muddy for a good cause

POLSON – The Polson Mud Run returns to the fairgrounds in Polson on Saturday, July 20. The sixth annual event is hosted by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County as a fundraiser. All the muddy fun kicks off early with the first wave of runners starting at 9:30 a.m. The ...

Locals show their stuff at Mission Mountain Rodeo Locals show their stuff at Mission Mountain Rodeo

By Rob Zolman              Valley Journal POLSON – The Mission Mountain Rodeo wrapped up 79 years of high-energy action Saturday evening, drawing in cowboy and cowgirl competitors from as far away as Canada, Idaho and Wyoming. The National Rodeo Association sanc...

Flathead Lakers to hear report, present award

News from the Flathead Lakers YELLOW BAY — Flathead Lakers members and friends will gather to celebrate and learn about Flathead Lake and its watershed at the Flathead Lakers annual meeting on Thursday, July 11, at the Flathead Lake Biological Station. The public is welcome.  Robin Steinkr...

Ronan Airport among 13 across Montana to receive upgrade

Washington, D.C. — As part of his ongoing effort to #ConnectMT, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced more than $8 million in federal funding to upgrade 13 airports across the state. Ronan Airport received $257,145 to rehabilitate the runway, the taxiway, and the apron. “When you live in a p...

Coast Guard Auxiliary uses education, inspections to keep Montana waters safe Coast Guard Auxiliary uses education, inspections to keep Montana waters safe

MELITA ISLAND – With the nearest ocean nearly 600 miles away, many Montanans are surprised to learn that the U.S. Coast Guard patrols the waters here in Montana. “We are trying to create an awareness that the U.S. Coast Guard actually exists in Montana,” said U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary P...

Wildfire outlook: low snowpack, higher temperatures predicted Wildfire outlook: low snowpack, higher temperatures predicted

LAKE COUNTY — It’s starting to feel like summer in Montana – the weather is warm and skies have been smoky.  This spring, some early season smoke in the area came from local prescribed burns intended to reduce flammable materials in forests. Fire Prevention Specialist C.T. Camel sai...

Nominate best blooming yards

POLSON — The Beautification Committee of Envision Polson! invites you to nominate what you consider to be the “bloomin’ best” yards and gardens in our community. Nominate yourself or your neighbor in the business or residence category. Nomination forms are available at Southshore G...

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