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Articles with the Tag: Flathead Joint Board of Control

Irrigation project short on water, implements shut off Irrigation project short on water, implements shut off

ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Indian Irrigation Project began implementing water shut offs last week and conditions are only expected to get worse in the coming months, according to a report issued by Bureau of Indian Affairs Project Manager Pete Plant.  “FIIP expects the lack of precipitat...

Irrigation commissioners concerned about water delivery Irrigation commissioners concerned about water delivery

ST. IGNATIUS – Irrigation commissioners said last week that a lack of drought management plan and adequate staffing at the Bureau of Indian Affairs is exacerbating water delivery to Flathead Indian Irrigation Project irrigators.  According to commissioners, individual ditchriders appear to be c...

Joint board will ask for delay in compact implementation Joint board will ask for delay in compact implementation

POLSON — In a conference hearing on Tuesday, attorneys for the Flathead Joint Board of Control told Lake County District Court Judge James Manley that the board intends to file for an injunction to halt ongoing implementation of parts of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Water Compact passed earlier...

Tribal, state authorities continue work on compact implementation

 HELENA – The fired up rhetoric that reached a din during the Montana Legislature has died down somewhat since the passage of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Compact, but state and tribal workers who did the behind-the-scenes grunt work for the document are now facing another monumental task:...

Tribal suit asking for definition of irrigation water ownership dismissed Tribal suit asking for definition of irrigation water ownership dismissed

A federal district judge has dismissed a case filed by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in 2014, saying that the recent passage of a water agreement by the state government likely makes issues raised in the court moot.  The Tribes filed suit in March 2014 against 14 defendants that include...

Irrigation commissioners say they want to focus on local control of project Irrigation commissioners say they want to focus on local control of project

ST. IGNATIUS – After hearing complaints from Flathead Indian Irrigation Project irrigators about delivery problems and concerns about possible future increases in operations and maintenance assessment, Flathead Joint Board of Control irrigation commissioners said May 13 that one of their main objective...

Irrigation commissioners say they want to focus on local control of project Irrigation commissioners say they want to focus on local control of project

ST. IGNATIUS – After hearing complaints from Flathead Indian Irrigation Project irrigators about delivery problems and concerns about possible future increases in operations and maintenance assessment, Flathead Joint Board of Control irrigation commissioners said May 13 that one of their main objective...

Bylaws of Flathead Joint Board of Control under review Bylaws of Flathead Joint Board of Control under review

ST. IGNATIUS – More than a year after reforming under new bylaws, the Flathead Joint Board of Control has appointed a new committee to explore whether revisions are necessary, particularly in regards to how the three individual member irrigation districts might join or withdraw from the board.  ...

Irrigator meeting sparsely attended, communication disconnect blamed

ST. IGNATIUS – There were only a handful of irrigators on hand for the Bureau of Indian Affairs bi-annual meeting for the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project and it appears a communication disconnect between the BIA and Flathead Joint Board of Control might be to blame.  The May 5 meeting was an...

School, library, irrigation elections held May 5 School, library, irrigation elections held May 5

      POLSON — Both the Polson High School and the Polson Elementary School building reserve levies passed when voters mailed in their ballots for the May 5 election.      All race results are unofficial until the Lake County Commissioners canvass the ...


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