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Montana’s unemployment rate at 3.8%

News from the Governor’s office  MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock announced that Montana’s unemployment rate ticked up to 3.8 percent for the month of January, up 0.1 percentage points from December, likely reflecting impacts from the federal government shutdown. The national unemployment rate also increased by a tenth of a percentage point up to 4 percent.   “It’s clear that the federal government shutdown negatively impacted our economic growth and the federal workers who had to go without their paychecks,” said Governor Bullock. “Despite this, we continue to add jobs to our economy, and we will continue to ensure businesses can ...

Local representatives share update as state legislature hits halfway point Local representatives share update as state legislature hits halfway point

RONAN – Considering what could happen when people with differing political views gather together, the legislative update held in town on Tuesday, March 5, was mostly civil. The event was hosted by Mission Valley Rises: Democracy Engaged (a community led group committed to protecting community rights...

CSKT requests hunting season comments

News from CSKT Natural Resource Department  The Flathead Indian Reservation Advisory Board is seeking comments on the draft 2019-2020 hunting seasons for shooting hours and limits for migratory waterfowl, pheasants and gray partridge for non-member hunters.   A copy of the draft regulations...

Senator asks Administration to prioritize funding for federal energy programs

News from Senator Jon Tester’s office  MONTANA – On the heels of one of the coldest Februarys in Montana history, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is fighting to help low-income families keep the heat on. Tester is calling on the Trump Administration to support the Low-Income Home Energy Assi...

Montana attorney general pushes for opioid prescription regulation Montana attorney general pushes for opioid prescription regulation

McKenna Fromm was a straight-A high school student, basketball player and member of student government in 2011.  By 2015, she was living in a spider-infested “drug den,” estranged from her family and deep in addiction.   Fromm said her life turned upside down after being diagnosed...

Planning stage for Polson city manager search begins

POLSON – The City of Polson may return to an option for selecting a city manager that the commission rejected in November.  Ruth Hodges, chair of the City Manager Search Committee, said the committee voted in favor of recommending the city hire an independent firm to conduct the hiring process....

GOP lawmakers detail ‘IDEA Act’ infrastructure plan with cap on state debt GOP lawmakers detail ‘IDEA Act’ infrastructure plan with cap on state debt

HELENA — A Republican plan to give Montana a more reliable process for funding state buildings, rural water systems, and other infrastructure projects took a step forward last week as a legislative committee reviewed a proposal designed to guide infrastructure policy in the future. House Bill 553, k...

Polson commission approves $40,000 settlement

POLSON – The Polson City Commission will pay B&I Holdings LLC $40,000 over litigation that Interim City Manager Wade Nash said had to do with “suspected trespassing on private property.” The document approved by the commission references disputes over rights to the use of a waterline ex...

Conservation Commission co-hosts AIS monitoring workshop

News from the Upper Columbia Conservation Commission  KALISPELL — The Upper Columbia Conservation Commission will co-host an aquatic invasive species monitoring workshop with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on Feb. 19 in Kalispell. The UC3 will hold its winter meeting the following day, Feb....

City of Polson reviews parking laws

POLSON – With snow season in full effect, the City of Polson would like to remind the citizens of Polson and all the visitors about parked vehicles. Please check to see that your vehicle(s) are out of the way and that there is adequate clearance needed for the snowplow trucks to operate. The Polson ...

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