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| March 2, 2023 12:00 AM

Legislators offer update

Local Lake County legislators will discuss the current session with constituents at 6:30 p.m. March 6 at the Ronan Community Center.

The Northwest Counties Farm Bureau in conjunction with the Lake County Commissioners and the Lake County Democratic and Republican Central Committees are hosting the session.

“Visit with your legislators, get your questions answered and be part of our democratic process,” say organizers.

Filing deadline nears for school trustee elections

Several Lake County school districts have openings for trustees. The filing deadline is 4 p.m. March 23, and applications may be picked up at district offices.

Openings and candidate filings include:

Arlee: Two positions are open for three-year terms; incumbent Jason Stockdale has filed.

Charlo: No one has filed yet for three three-year seats currently held by LaDonna Fryberger, Daniel Cahoon and Graydon Cross.

Polson: Incumbents Chanel Lake and Joanna Browning have filed for two openings.

Ronan: Three openings are available for three-year terms, and incumbent Bob Cornwell has filed. According to district clerk TJ Marmon, incumbent Rich Janssen does not plan to run again and incumbent Jesse Lytton plans to file but had not done so as of Feb. 27.

St. Ignatius: Incumbents Peter Matt and Mary Leishman have filed for two three-year terms.

Valley View: Two candidates have filed to represent the rural elementary district: Amanda Jackson (two-year term) and Kyla Jaeger (three-year term).

Swan Lake/Salmon Prairie: Kvande Anderson has filed for a three-year term.

Ballots will be mailed April 12-17 and must be returned to the Lake County Election Office by Tuesday, May 2.

Work resumes on Hwy. 93 Ronan-North project

The Montana Department of Transportation announced that Riverside Contracting will be working on the U.S. Highway 93 Ronan-North project this week, as weather permits. Operations will be limited and focused on preparations for full construction this spring.

Crews will be working on the side of the highway around Baptiste Road and north of the U.S. 93 and Round Butte Road/Terrace Lake Road intersection, across from Dairy Queen.

All work will occur off the roadway, so there will be little to no traffic disruptions. When traveling through the project site, drivers are cautioned to be mindful of their speed and watch for workers and equipment.

Online vehicle registration now available

Weary of waiting in line to register vehicles? A Department of Justice portal now allows Montana residents to register their vehicles online via MVD Your Way.

Those who have changed their address or name, want a permanent registration, qualify for an exemption that’s not reflected on their current renewal notice, want to request a new license plate or need to adjust their vehicle’s Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), still need to visit the county treasurer’s office.

The rest of us, however, can now complete the process online at

Montana driver licenses may also be renewed online for those ages 21 to 63, who hold an existing license and apply within six months prior to the expiration date or within a year after that date. Learn more at

The Department of Justice website offers a wealth of online information and forms; head to for details.

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