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Articles with the Tag: Flathead Indian Irrigation Project

Irrigation election postponed for further assessment

LAKE COUNTY – Owners of irrigated land within the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project will have to wait to cast their ballots for the annual election for two board positions along with a decision to allow two of the three districts to work together. The ballot issues were originally scheduled to go o...

Briefs for Sept. 19, 2018

Help offered to paint over graffiti  POLSON — Several local retailers have teamed up with the Code Compliance Division to help families in Polson that have been hit by graffiti vandalism over the past few months. Montana Ace Hardware and Western Building Center have graciously agreed to provi...

Irrigation fees set to increase next year

LAKE COUNTY – The cost of farming within the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project could increase in the coming year if irrigation taxes go up as planned. The Bureau of Indian Affairs manages the project for the United States government and has increased the operation and maintenance fees to $33.50 per...

FJBC ready to make insurance claim for missing funds FJBC ready to make insurance claim for missing funds

The Flathead Joint Board of Control’s forensic audit revealed that $221,000 was taken from the irrigation agency without board approval.   During the regular board meeting on Tuesday, FJBC attorney Bruce Fredrickson announced that the audit was finished. He said accountant Jane Schweitzer with ...

FJBC hires new secretary, missing monies investigation continues FJBC hires new secretary, missing monies investigation continues

By Karen Peterson              Valley Journal ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control hired Chantelle Begay as their new secretary, and she was busy passing out papers, recording notes and talking to the public during the regular meeting on Tuesday. B...

FJBC votes on irrigation fees, districts discuss legal issues FJBC votes on irrigation fees, districts discuss legal issues

ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control approved an increase to the operation and maintenance fees irrigators will pay for water in the 2018 season during the July 11 meeting. Flathead Indian Irrigation Project Manager Pete Plant presented a proposed $7.50 increase for fees earlier this y...

Irrigation board changes building locks Irrigation board changes building locks

ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control continues to work on issues stemming from an internal investigation into missing monies. The board hired an accounting firm in April to look through the books concerning operations, procedures, and accounting for the last three years, from 2014 to 2...

Canal cleaning, appeal discussed at meeting

ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control heard from the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project manager, talked about a legal appeal, decided to carry insurance on a new employee; and one seat was left empty on the board. The Wednesday, March 15, meeting started out with a report from FIIP Mana...

Irrigation board votes to appeal judge’s energy decision Irrigation board votes to appeal judge’s energy decision

ST. IGNATIUS — The Flathead Joint Board of Control is seeking an appeal on a judge’s energy decision. Judge H. Peter Young stated in his decision that the FJBC failed to prove that the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have an obligation to continue to provide low-cost power for the irri...

Judge rules on irrigation power rates Judge rules on irrigation power rates

The Federal Energy Regulation System issued an initial decision on Dec. 29, 2016 concerning a licensing agreement for the Seliš Ksanka Qĺispe dam. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have operated the SKQ Dam since 2015. FERC regulates the transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oi...


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