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Special irrigation election ballots being counted

LAKE COUNTY – The 2019 Irrigation District Election ballots have been sent in by voters, and the the Lake County Election Office released the unofficial results on Tuesday, July 26. The ballot measures were originally scheduled to go out with the May 7 Special District and School District Election mail-in ballots, but voting was delayed to ensure a fair election.  While processing the ballots, election officials noticed discrepancies concerning the number of acres owned by voters, which was a problem because irrigation election voters get one vote for each irrigated acre they own. Irrigation districts quickly went to work and reported the correct number of acres for each vo...


Commission hears court update

POLSON – Polson city judge Dennis DeVries and assistant city attorney Josh Morigeau presented information on the state of the city’s court system at the regular commission meeting. Interim city manager Wade Nash invited the justice system professionals to present at the meeting. He said the co...


Amendment ensures quality teachers

News from the Montana Office of Public Instruction  MONTANA — On July 3, the Montana Office of Public Instruction received notice that the U.S. Department of Education has approved Montana’s amendment to our state plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.  The amendment...


Ronan council advances rezoning request Ronan council advances rezoning request

RONAN – In spite of numerous objections raised by local residents, the Ronan City Council approved a controversial rezoning request on Monday, July 1. In a five to one vote, council members agreed to rezone vacant properties totaling nearly 20 acres to one single zoned parcel to accommodate the cons...


Wastewater treatment plant months behind schedule

POLSON – At last week’s city commission meeting Kevin Johnson of DOWL engineering reported that the wastewater treatment plant would not be completed for “at least two more months.” The project was initially scheduled to be finished in December of 2019. The wastewater treatment equ...


St. Ignatius man questions Governor on climate change

Avery Old Coyote delivered a hard-hitting question during a live Facebook town hall that Governor Steve Bullock held concerning the state of Montana’s approach to climate change. During the meeting, Bullock also announced the creation of an executive order focused on climate change.   “My...


Bullock encourages people to clean, drain, dry

News from the Governor's office  MISSOULA — On Wednesday, July 3, Governor Steve Bullock visited the Ravalli watercraft inspection station. He heard updates from the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes and state agencies on Montana’s aquatic invasive monitoring, early detection efforts ...


Outdoor burning closed July 1, fire danger level moderate

News from CSKT Division of Fire FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION – Fire officials with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Division of Fire have restricted debris burning (outdoor burning) starting on Monday, July 1. The fire danger level is at a moderate level at this time.  Con...


DOT holds public meeting on Hwy 93 design improvement near Pablo DOT holds public meeting on Hwy 93 design improvement near Pablo

PABLO – More than 40 Mission Valley roadway users took advantage of the opportunity to weigh in on the Montana Department of Transportation’s potential safety improvements to the intersection of U.S. Highway 93 and Old Highway 93.   The public meeting was held at the Confederated Salish a...


Polson Police Department praises community for generosity Polson Police Department praises community for generosity

POLSON – The city council meeting was filled with the remarkable generosity of the Polson community.  First, Polson Police Chief and Interim City Manager Wade Nash presented two Special Olympic teams with donation money raised from the Polson Police Tip-A-Cop event hosted at Pizza Hut.   K...


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