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Commission chooses city recruitment firm

POLSON – After more than a year without a permanent city manager, the commission decided to work with Mercer Group recruiting firm to find a new city manager. The City Manager Search Committee of Polson recommended the group. The group estimated the cost for the search as $16,500, plus expenses less than $8,000. The search committee recommended the group after reviewing proposals from several hiring firms.  All four members of the commission present voted to approve contracting with the firm. Commissioner Jan Howlett thanked the search committee for their work to find a company. “I have total faith. You guys were so very complete [in your decision],” Howle...

Unofficial results for 2019 Municipal General Election

News from Lake County Election Office LAKE COUNTY – In the city of Polson, for City Commissioner of ward three, a four-year term, Carolyn Pardini received 210 votes and Zoerene Gembala received 72. In the city of Ronan, for City Council member of  ward three, a four-year term, Julie Moore ...

Governor Bullock honors Elouise Cobell

News from the Office of the Governor   MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today released the following statement recognizing Nov. 5 as Elouise Cobell Day. “Today, we honor and celebrate the legacy of Elouise Cobell, a fearless Montanan who refused to allow the federal government&r...

More lung injury cases identified in Montana

News from DPHHS MONTANA – Department of Public Health and Human Services officials have identified two additional cases of illness related to the national outbreak of e-cigarette use or vaping. Montana now has seven identified cases, including one death. DPHHS officials said both new cases invo...

Keep recycling, but do it right Keep recycling, but do it right

News from Mark E. Nelson, Lake County Solid Waste manager LAKE COUNTY – Recycling is far from broken. Lake County saves $49.03 on every ton kept out of the Missoula landfill.  Our current problems with recycling began when other communities threw everything together and shipped it to China...

Lake County marriages and divorces for October 2019

Marriages: Cori Renee Armaly and Strain Sumner Riley Tamara Jo Fisher and William Rhea Alley Jr. Dylan B. O’Bleness and Josephine M. Jensen Thomas Blade Elliott and Katie Joe Sprague Roger Richard Learn and Jessica Lynn Lozeau Adrianna Marie Coe and Michael Hannifin Natalie Anne ...

Commission allocates funds to repair street

POLSON – Commissioners voted to allocate funds for a sidewalk improvements project on 17th Street during the last meeting, involving the installation of a 10-foot section and repaving another area. Funds for the project were raised through an increased tax on gasoline and diesel. In order for the pr...

Governor, Montana Police Protective Association reacts to loss of deputy Governor, Montana  Police Protective Association reacts  to loss of deputy

News from the State of Montana’s Police Association and Governor's office Governor Steve Bullock ordered all flags flown in the State of Montana to be displayed at half-staff on Friday, Oct. 25 to honor Gallatin County Sheriff Deputy Jake Allmendinger, who lost his life in the line of duty on Oct....

Locals host event for governor candidate Locals host event for governor candidate

News from Whitney William s POLSON – Joe McDonald and Co Carew will host a wine and cheese event for people to meet governor candidate Whitney Williams on Friday, Nov. 1, at 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the Bickford Building, 220 Main St. Williams is a sixth-generation Montanan and businesswoman. As CEO o...

Bill bans members of Congress from becoming lobbyists

News from U.S. Senators WASHINGTON, D.C. – Aiming to shut the revolving door of lobbyist influence in Washington, U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) reintroduced legislation banning members of Congress from becoming lobbyists.  “Tr...

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