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New Lake County attorney sworn in New Lake County attorney sworn in

POLSON — Molly Owen, Lake County’s new District Court judge, swore in new Lake County Attorney James Lapotka Thursday afternoon before a crowd of well-wishers. Lapotka ran unopposed for the post in the recent primary election, and replaces Steve Eschenbacher, who retired six months shy of the end...

Lake County Solid Waste to implement tag program

News from Lake County Solid Waste Management LAKE COUNTY — Lake County Solid Waste Management operates the Transfer Station and Class 3 Landfill on North Reservoir Road and the C&D Landfill on Kerr Dam Road, both in Polson. The district also operates six rural container sites, and a recycling ...

New hire and retirements

POLSON — James Lapotka has been sworn in as the top prosecutor of Lake County. Former Lake County Attorney Steve Eschenbacher’s last day was June 30. Lapotka was sworn-in as the new Lake County Attorney that afternoon by District Judge Molly Owen.  Also retiring this week was Barbara Mars...

Container site reopens

News from Lake County Solid Waste ARLEE — The container site on North Valley Creek reopened on Tuesday, June 28. Lake County Solid Waste is staffing the site, opening and closing the containers to match the new hours. The site will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m...

Mission Valley Animal Shelter in great need of help Mission Valley Animal Shelter in great need of help

POLSON — The Mission Valley Animal Shelter is reaching a critical point, according to board member Sharon Hawke and shelter manager Raeva Corkill. As the only shelter for animals in Lake County, the organization is on an unsustainable path.  A nonprofit organized in 1989 and opened as a tempora...

Tribes, county reach historic agreement

News from CSKT Public Affairs & Communications POLSON — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council and the Lake County Commission announced a historic agreement to reduce the financial impact on local taxpayers and improve the delivery of services in Lake County and on the Flathead Re...

New district court judge selected New district court judge selected

LAKE COUNTY — When Molly Owen takes her oath of office June 20, her appointment as judge for the 20th Judicial District represents a generational shift. At 35, she’ll be one of the youngest judges ever appointed to the bench in Montana – a career move she describes as humbling, challenging,...

County election approaches

LAKE COUNTY — The Lake County Election Office is gearing up for in-person voting Tuesday, June 7, when polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the primary election. Absentee ballots must arrive in the election office or polling place by 8 p.m. Tuesday.  Election administrator Toni Kramer says p...

Lake County to vote on marijuana tax

LAKE COUNTY — Recreational marijuana has been legal in Montana since January 1, and medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 2004, but neither are taxed locally in Lake County. That could change on election day.  Voters will decide whether to impose a 3% local tax on the sale of recr...

Judge Manley retires from drug court Judge Manley retires from drug court

LAKE COUNTY — Judge Jim Manley’s next to last drug court was both raucous and poignant, a celebration and a farewell. It was also a testimonial to how the justice system, working in concert with a supportive community, can transform lives. Supreme Court Justice Ingrid Gustafson – a forme...


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