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Ronan Police Department replaces old patrol units Ronan Police Department replaces old patrol units

RONAN – Santa Claus came a little early this year for the Ronan Police Department thanks to the addition of three brand new patrol vehicles. The 2019 Dodge Chargers, which have been on the streets since the first of the month, replaced the department’s well used 2002 Chevy Tahoe, 2006 Ford Crown Victoria and 2008 Ford Crown Victoria patrol units according to Ronan City Chief of Police Ken Weaver. As far as funding for the vehicles, Weaver explained that the new patrol units acquired from Ronan Motors and additional safety equipment were purchased with the approval of the Ronan City Council through a loan program from the State of Montana Board of Investments.  &ldq...

Commission takes action on animal welfare

POLSON – An approved ordinance will better protect pets in city limits. City code compliance officer Matt Ellermann introduced the ordinance. He said he gets between two and eight complaints of animal abuse or neglect every month. In recent months, the number of reports has increased.  Before t...

Tribal reps withdraw from task force over attorney general's support for Keystone pipeline

MISSOULA  — Two representatives from the Fort Peck and Fort Belknap Indian reservations pulled out of Attorney General Tim Fox’s new Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force on Monday after Fox filed to intervene in a lawsuit against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in support of the Trump adm...

Tester secures millions for Indian Country

News from U.S. Senator Jon Tester BIG SANDY — U.S. Senator Jon Tester is announcing nearly $8 million in Department of Justice grant funding for Montana Tribes, as part of his ongoing effort to provide resources to Indian Country to bolster tribal courts, support victims, and combat violence again...

Governor Bullock launches task force

News from the office of Governor Steve Bullock HELENA — Governor Steve Bullock today signed an executive order establishing the Eastern Montana Elder Justice Council, which aims to address the exploitation, abuse, and neglect of Montana’s aging population. “Today we’re sending a...

Governor recognizes Native American women’s equal pay day

News from the Office of the Governor  MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock joined the nation in recognizing Native Women’s Equal Pay Day on Sept. 23 as a day to symbolize how far into the year an American Indian woman must work to earn what a man earned in the previous year. “Ameri...

Preparations for 2020 census begin

LAKE COUNTY – Once every ten years, the federal government attempts to count every single resident of the United States, and if people aren’t counted, the state won’t get the federal funding it deserves.  The 2020 census won’t begin until next spring, but the National Partners...

Montana’s minimum wage will increase to $8.65 an hour on Jan. 1, 2020  

News from the office of Governor Steve Bullock MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock announced Montanans minimum wage will see a rate increase to $8.65 per hour beginning Jan. 1, 2020. “This increase ensures Montanans earning the minimum wage don’t fall further behind, but we still have ...

Prepare food safely to avoid illness Prepare food safely to avoid illness

News from the Department of Public health and Human Services HELENA — State and local public health officials are reminding Montanans about ways to stay healthy when preparing and consuming food. So far in 2019, there have been 25 gastrointestinal illness outbreaks reported in Montana in numero...

Polson voters to decide on school infrastructure bond

POLSON – Voters living in the Polson School District will have two school improvement bond initiatives to consider in a mail-in election scheduled for Dec. 3. Starting on Nov. 13 election ballots will be mailed to registered school district voters. The elementary school bond would be for $30,431,000...

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