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New law for an old drug

Candidates for the state legislature are grappling with medical marijuana issues as more Montanans become patients and caregivers. When the 2011 legislature convenes in January, legislators will address areas from the patient approval process to caregiver regulations. In this article, local candidates discuss their thoughts on the issue as they prepare for the primary elections in June. House District 11 Incumbent Janna Taylor and Cheryl Wolfe are both candidates for House District 11.  Taylor said to be compassionate, the people of Montana passed an initiative “allowing the limited use of marijuana, under medical supervision, by patients with debilitating medical condit...

Library seeks mil levy approval

RONAN — The Ronan City Library Board Chairman Frank Delgado approached the city council on Monday seeking a letter of understanding for a mill levy request. The library board is hoping to have the 20 mills approved by the city council by June 14, and plans to give detailed information about the mill le...

Victim advocate honored

POLSON — During a visit to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock presented Jenifer Blumberg with a 2010 Crime Advocate of the Year award.  Blumberg is the CSKT grants manager for the Victims Assistance Program and executive director of DOVES. DOVES s...

Five county law officials run for sheriff

With the primary elections just around the corner, Lake County Sheriff candidates are working hard to get their messages to the public before the primary elections on June 8.  Arthur (Art) D. Walgren currently serves as the assistant chief of police in the Ronan Police Department. The 46-year-old R...

Women of Rollins hold candidate forum

ROLLINS — Twelve candidates came to talk about the issues at a forum sponsored by the Women of Rollins at the Rollins School on May 6 at 6:30 p.m.  Participants were: Garth Cox, Democrat, and incumbent Janna Taylor, Republican, running for House District 11; Paula Holle, Democrat candidate for ...

Medical marijuana zoning meeting draws small crowd

POLSON — The latest public meeting to solicit public comment on medical marijuana zoning regulations for Polson was held on May 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Even though medical marijuana is a hot topic in Polson, only about 16 community members attended the meeting held on the third floor of the Lake County C...

District employees support negotiators

POLSON — About 40 Polson School District #23 employees, both certified and classified staff, assembled in the Linderman School parking lot from 4 to 6 p.m. on May 7. Teachers and classified staff were there to support the Polson Classified Employees Association.  The PCEA is negotiating with th...

Farmer’s Market opens for the season

POLSON — About 20 vendors made the opening day of the Polson Farmer’s Market a success on May 6. The Farmers Market set up in its new location on 3rd Ave. West between 1st Street W. and Main Street. Goods from artisan breads to purses to jewelry to soap to quilts to plants to pens were for sal...

Military book to mark Memorial Day

DIXON — Eight years ago, Beverly Hamel received a phone call that started her on a journey through Lake County’s past.  An employee at the Missoula Public Library was on the other end of the line, and asked Hamel to take on a project along with some other volunteers. Hamel’s task wa...

Ranch Education Days draw new crop of fourth-graders

IRVINE FLATS —  “Does branding hurt?”  “What kind of cow are those red ones?”  “What’s the hawk’s name?”  “Why is that baby cow getting a shot?” These questions are just a sampling of the hundreds of questions s...

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