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Articles with the Tag: Flathead Indian Irrigation Project

Commissioners amend controversial resolution Commissioners amend controversial resolution

RONAN — Just a week after meeting with around 250 disgruntled irrigators Aug. 30 at the Ronan Community Center, Lake County Commissioners convened last Wednesday to reconsider a controversial resolution that would have removed the county from the chore of collecting irrigation fees.  The resolu...

Commissioners take action to cease fee collection

News from Lake County Commissioner Gale Decker LAKE COUNTY — Mission Valley irrigators will notice a significant change in their tax statements beginning in tax year 2023. Fees for operation and maintenance of the three irrigation districts will no longer be collected by the County Treasurer and d...

Crow Dam spillway project wraps up Crow Dam spillway project wraps up

Weather cooperating, on April 1 detour signs come down, the road traversing Crow Dam southwest of Ronan opens after a two-year closure, and Crow Reservoir will gradually begin to fill again after 16 years of limited storage.  Farmers in the area will no doubt be relieved. Downstream, the reservoir wa...

Initial findings of Ninepipe corridor feasibility study shared Initial findings of Ninepipe corridor feasibility study shared

LAKE COUNTY — Improvements to a crucial stretch of U.S. Highway 93 near the Ninepipe Reservoir are being revisited as engineers compare past and current studies on the heavily traveled roadway. An informational meeting was held on Feb. 7 by the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and consulti...

Officials meet for infrastructure discussion

POLSON — On Wednesday, Nov. 17, officials from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Lake County and the Montana Department of Transportation sat down at the Polson Red Lion Inn to discuss infrastructure concerns regarding Lake County roads. Also joining the conversation were Montana Lt. Gove...

CSKT Water Compact finalized by Secretary of Interior CSKT Water Compact finalized by Secretary of Interior

Friday marked the end of a long and intricate journey to resolve water rights between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the state of Montana and the federal government.   That voyage came to an end when Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland signed the Confederated Salish and Kootenai-Montana C...

Legislators meet with county commissioners regarding traffic, districting, other issues Legislators meet with county commissioners regarding traffic, districting, other issues

LAKE COUNTY – Four Lake County legislators met with county commissioners last Tuesday to discuss a laundry list of concerns, ranging from an over-crowded jail and traffic congestion to redistricting and frustration with the local office of the Department of Revenue.  State Senators Greg Hertz, ...

Lake County halts irrigation repairs, considers traffic problems

LAKE COUNTY – The Lake County Commissioners have put the brakes on further repairs or replacement of structures, including bridges and culverts, that it deems the responsibility of the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project.  In a letter dated June 8, the commissioners asked Montana Attorney Genera...

Fire danger increases to extreme

News from CSKT FLATHEAD RESERVATION ­— Hot, dry conditions and lack of precipitation forecasted have prompted wildland fire officials with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Division of Fire to raise the fire danger within the reservation to extreme, effective immediately.   E...

Trump signs water rights bill into law, not everyone celebrates

After the Montana Water Rights Protection Act went to President Donald Trump’s desk on Sunday, Dec. 27, and was signed into law many celebrated, including state and tribal leaders, but not everyone joined the festivities.   Mission Irrigation District Commissioner Tim Orr was one of those not c...


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