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Polson police department hiring procedures explained

Here we are only a couple of days before the official first day of spring. How sweet it is. March roared in like a lion, now let’s hope the rest of the axiom plays out. Many times I am asked by interested parties the process we use to hire a police officer. There are several methods, so today we will venture into one method in which we select an officer who will be a credit to the department and as important in our community. The first of several methods is a decision-making process by staff. We ask only for applicants who have completed the Police Officers Standards and Training Basic Course. By doing this if we find what we feel is a suitable applicant we then do not have to s...


‘Real Good’ babysitter fondly remembered

I can still see her little red car pulling into our long driveway, see the worn cardboard box covered in stickers she always brought with her and hear the reassuring sound of her grandmotherly voice in greeting. Some people, no matter how long ago you knew them, leave a lasting impression on your heart. G...


SB 58 would enhance DNA preservation

The Montana House of Representatives has before it a bill that, if enacted, will measurably improve our justice system.  Senate Bill 58, co-sponsored by Sen. Lynda Moss (D-Billings) and Sen. Jim Shockley (R-Victor), will have county law enforcement preserve DNA samples on evidence found in certain serio...


Senate passes referendum for annual legislatures

We narrowly avoided invasion… the dreaded quagga mussel would have staked a claim in Flathead Lake had the FWP not intercepted it at Dayton last week. Folks are thanking us for funding Invasive Aquatic Species prevention. This week’s news proves it’s needed. Verdell Jackson’s bill bu...


House to review budget

Last Friday, Saturday and Monday we heard HB 2, the budget, on the floor of the House. It was difficult and often contentious. At times it sure seemed like theater, as speeches were read on the floor. The Appropriations Committee heard testimony from hundreds and hundreds of people, most wanting the progr...


Sunshine Week reminds public of right to know

It isn’t often that Montanans can say, “Thank you, Florida.” This time of year, however, the Big Sky owes the Sunshine State a tip of the cap. Not because we envy the warmth of its spring (although it certainly is enviable in Montana in mid-March) or its renowned entertainment attraction...


Republican agenda prioritizes job creation

My first Town Hall – Thank you all for filling Polson Library’s meeting room last Monday for the Q and A session with us, your legislators. It was great to get reacquainted and hear your many concerns. Conversation ranged widely – from the problems with the current Big Sky Rx program all th...


Community discussion was fruitful

It was great to be home last weekend during our mid-session break. I saw lots of my constituents at the question-and-answer session in Polson last Monday. Great points were brought out about workman's comp reform, tort reform on some lawsuits and defensive medicine reform. There was talk of how we’...


$32 million removed from higher education

It was great to be home last weekend and sleep in my own bed. I’d like to thank everyone that showed up at the town hall meeting we had on Monday. The questions were very good. If you have more, email or call me. We are right back at it. Still debating the revenue estimate with the governor. Who kno...


Job creation focus of legislature

Jobs for Montanans – This was a good week for job prospects in Montana. It’s income taxes from private sector earnings that pays salaries for government employees. Funding for state agencies, our highway department, those who serve the Department of Health and Human Services, our prison staff, ou...


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