Valley Journal
Valley Journal

This Week’s e-Edition

Current Events

Latest Headlines

What's New?

Send us your news items.

NOTE: All submissions are subject to our Submission Guidelines.

Announcement Forms

Use these forms to send us announcements.

Birth Announcement
Obituary

Articles with the Tag: Lake County Commissioners

Lake County withdraws from Public Law 280 Lake County withdraws from Public Law 280

LAKE COUNTY — On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Lake County Commissioners voted to withdraw the county from Public Law 280.  PL280 is an agreement with the State of Montana passed in 1964 to conduct law enforcement and provide other services on the Flathead Reservation. According to Commissioner Bill Bar...

Lake County Dispatch receives upgrades Lake County Dispatch receives upgrades

POLSON — Mark Clary, the director for Lake County’s Office of Emergency Management, couldn’t be more pleased with the recent improvements made to the County’s emergency dispatch center. He says “miles of old wire” were removed from the ceiling. Now each of the four worksta...

Local officials sworn in Local officials sworn in

LAKE COUNTY — On Dec. 9, public officials were sworn into their positions at the Lake County Courthouse. The elected officials sworn in included Sheriff Don Bell, Justice of the Peace Rick Schoening, Superintendent of Schools Carolyn Hall, Treasurer Robin Vert-Rubel, Clerk and Recorder Katie Harding, A...

Lake County Commissioners to vote on PL280 withdrawal Lake County Commissioners to vote on PL280 withdrawal

LAKE COUNTY — On Jan. 3, the Lake County Commissioners will vote on whether or not to withdraw the county from Public Law 280.  In a Dec. 9 meeting, the commission passed their intent to potentially withdraw from PL280, an agreement with the State of Montana passed in 1964 to conduct law enforc...

Commissioners amend controversial resolution Commissioners amend controversial resolution

RONAN — Just a week after meeting with around 250 disgruntled irrigators Aug. 30 at the Ronan Community Center, Lake County Commissioners convened last Wednesday to reconsider a controversial resolution that would have removed the county from the chore of collecting irrigation fees.  The resolu...

Commissioners take action to cease fee collection

News from Lake County Commissioner Gale Decker LAKE COUNTY — Mission Valley irrigators will notice a significant change in their tax statements beginning in tax year 2023. Fees for operation and maintenance of the three irrigation districts will no longer be collected by the County Treasurer and d...

Zoning meeting highlights short term rental concerns Zoning meeting highlights short term rental concerns

POLSON — No one disputed the fact that short-term vacation rentals are proliferating in Lake County at last week’s hearing in the overflowing county commission chamber. But most people in the room and on Zoom were not putting out the welcome mat – especially in the area under consideration ...

Lawsuit filed by Lake County against the state

LAKE COUNTY — This week a lawsuit was officially filed against the State of Montana by attorney Lance Jasper with the law firm Reep, Bell, and Jasper on behalf of Lake County for unfulfilled obligations of Public Law 280.  Public Law 280 was passed by legislation in 1963, whereby the State of M...

Polson City Commission tables casino decision Polson City Commission tables casino decision

POLSON — The four action items on the Polson City Commission agenda at last week’s meeting – including the proposed annexation of tribal lands for a proposed casino – were all punted down the road, mostly for lack of sufficient information.  The most controversial topic was th...

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...


Sponsored by: