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 Meet irrigator candidates

RONAN — The public may meet the candidates running for the 2016 Irrigation District elections on Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Ronan Community Center. Candidates running in the Flathead Mission and Jocko Valley Districts will be invited to explain their positions on the critical issues facing the irrigation project.


Refugees topic of next Pachyderm meeting

POLSON — On Friday, April 22, Representative Al Olszewski, who is on the Interim Children, Family and Human Services Committee will discuss what he knows about Democrat Governor Bullock’s planned resettlement of Syrian Refugees in western Montana. Recently in the Netherlands a Syrian refugee bride aged 14 was almost nine months pregnant when she entered the country. Some brides are as young as 11. Are Montana pedophilia and rape laws applicable in these instances? The brides were legally married in the country from which they originated.

All meetings are at the Polson Rural Fire Hall with social gathering starting at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting commencing from noon to 1 p.m.

For more information contact Norm Johnson, 406-883-0398.


Cowboy Ball set for April 15

POLSON — The Polson Fairgrounds, Inc. 26th annual Cowboy Ball will be Friday, April 15 under the heated “big tent” at the Fairgrounds. 

No-host cocktails and silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a prime rib dinner buffet at 6:30 p.m., a live auction at 7:30 p.m., and dancing to ShoDown after the auction. The $40 tickets will be available to purchase in Polson at Wild Horse framing, Gull Printing, Crow’s Nest gallery or from PFI board members. 

The fundraising banquet and auction is the main source of funding for the Polson Fairgrounds facility, which does not receive any annual county tax dollars. 

The facility is used year-round for high school cross-country meets, fourth-grade Ag Days, fundraising benefits, barrel races, team roping and everyday use by equestrians.

It’s also used for major rodeos, including the Mission Mountain NRA Rodeo and INFR Flathead River Rodeo, both of which received Rodeo of the Year Awards in 2015.

Recent improvements have been made to the concession stand and the livestock pens, and improvement will continue to be made as funding allows.

In 2015, Rodeo of the Year Awards were received for the Mision Moutnain NRA Rodeo and INFR Flathead River Rodeo.

To become a sponsor, to donate, or for more information, call David or Una Rose Graham at 883-1100, Brian Jones at 261-8731, or Sharon Procopio at 261-2861.


Free tax assistance available

LAKE COUNTY — The AARP Tax-Aide Program provides free help in preparing and electronically filing Federal and State income tax returns for low-to-moderate income taxpayers. This service is free to taxpayers of any age.

All volunteer preparers are trained and certified through the IRS and must sign a confidentiality agreement. While there is no specific income limit, the program does have limits on the types of returns that the volunteers prepare. Returns will be prepared up until April 15 and by appointment only at the following locations and times:

—Polson Senior Center every Thursday, call 406-883-4735

—Ronan Senior Center every Friday, call 406-676-2371

—St. Ignatius Senior Center every first and third Tuesday, call 406-745-4462

When you come to the site please bring the following documentation:

— A copy of the prior year’s tax return

— A picture ID and Social Security cards for all persons listed on the return

— All tax-related documents 

— Account information for direct deposit

—For those over 62 eligible for the Montana Homeowner/Renter Credit, a copy of your 2015 Property Tax Bill or rent paid in 2015.

—Proof of health insurance coverage

For more information concerning free tax assistance, go online to

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