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August 14, 2019 in State News

FY 2019 Mineral Impact Fund Distribution

Montana statute provides that money deposited into the mineral impact account shall be distributed to local governments according to MCA 17-3-240 & 17-3-241. The distribution to eligible counties is based…
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August 7, 2019 in State News

INTERCAP Loan Program Update

The INTERCAP Loan Policy has been updated to align with House Bill 299 (Generally revising laws related to improvement district bonds) that became law during the 2019 Legislative Session.
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August 1, 2019 in Association News

MACo Welcomes Alissa Beattie

Alissa Beattie joined MACo's Health Care Trust as Special Projects Coordinator on July 15th.  She has 18 years of cumulative health care experience, working in provider offices, hospital administration, and…
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August 1, 2019 in Safety Corner

Rattlesnake Safety: Tips to Prevent Snake Bites

The chances of being bitten by a rattlesnake in Montana are less than being struck by lightning.  Nevertheless, people traveling in snake country should be aware of the potential danger.
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July 30, 2019 in Risk Sharing

It’s Volunteer Season! Make Sure Your Volunteers Are Reported

It is a busy time of year for counties and it is imperative that everyone is aware of the importance of properly reporting volunteers for workers’ compensation coverage. Volunteers must…
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July 26, 2019 in Grants

Reclamation & Development Grants Program: Planning Grants Available

The DNRC Reclamation and Development Grants Program (RDGP) is now accepting grant applications to fund planning and assessment for natural resource projects. Up to $50,000 is available per planning project…
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July 25, 2019 in Obituaries

C. David Gorton

Dave Gorton, 70, died July 23rd in Billings after a brief battle with cancer. Dave won election as the only Democrat on the Yellowstone County Commission in 1981, serving until…
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July 24, 2019 in NACo

NACo 2019 Annual Conference Transportation Committee Report

NACo is encouraging our divided government to unite and develop and pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill to address key priorities that include a fix to reoccurring shortages in the Highway…
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July 23, 2019 in NACo

NACo 2019 Annual Conference Community, Economic and Workforce Development Committee Report

The National Association of Counties (NACo) Community, Economic, and Workforce Development (CEWD) Committee met off site at the Boulder Highway Collaborative Campus for the first meeting. The Boulder Highway Campus…
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July 15, 2019 in NACo

NACo’s Western Region Elects Montana Commissioner to NACo Executive Committee

WASHINGTON – At the National Association of Counties (NACo) 84th Annual Conference and Exposition, Cascade County, Mont. Commissioner Joe Briggs was elected to serve on NACo’s Executive Committee as the…
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July 14, 2019 in NACo

NACo 2019 Annual Conference Telecommunications & Technology Committee Report

On Friday July 12, the T&T Steering Committee convened for official business during the NACO Annual Conference. Outside the temperature was in the 105-108 range but inside the facility we…
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July 12, 2019 in National News

Gianforte, Daines Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Fix PILT for Montana Counties

Congressman Greg Gianforte and Senator Steve Daines yesterday introduced the bipartisan Small County Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Parity Act.
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July 12, 2019 in County News

Western Region Day at the White House

This summer the White House is arranging a similar regional event for Montana, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Alaska, which is scheduled for September 10th.    The…
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July 11, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Lewis & Clark County Seeking Planner I

Lewis and Clark County, population 67,000, is currently recruiting for a Planner-I. Hosting the capital city, Lewis and Clark County is rich in historic heritage. Our growing community has a…
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July 3, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Cascade County Seeking Public Works Director

Cascade County is seeking a public works director. This position is under the general direction and with the concurrence of the Board of County Commissioners (County Commissioners), is responsible for…
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July 1, 2019 in Grants

$21.5 Million Available Through New Infrastructure Program

Communities and school districts impacted by natural resource development can now apply for a portion of $21.5 million in funds for needed infrastructure investments. The Delivering Local Assistance Program was…
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June 26, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

MACo HCT Seeking Member Services Coordinator

The Montana Association of Counties (MACo) is seeking a Member Services Coordinator for its Health Care Trust (HCT). The primary focus of this position is to provide member service functions…
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June 26, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Cascade County Seeking Planning Director

Cascade County is seeking a planning director. This position is under the general direction of the Board of County Commissioners is responsible for the administration and supervision of the Cascade…
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June 20, 2019 in National News

Department of Interior Disperses $514.7 Million in Funding for Local Communities

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced today that more than 1,900 local governments around the country will receive $514.7 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding…
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June 19, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Dawson County Seeking School Nurse (RN) – Dawson County Health Department

Dawson County is currently seeking a school nurse (RN) for the Dawson County Health Department.
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June 18, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Dawson County Seeking Control Room Operator – Dawson County Corrections Facility

Dawson County is currently seeking a control room operator for the Dawson County Correctional Facility.
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June 13, 2019 in Association News

FY 2020 Regular Gas Tax Allocations

The county and city 2020 fuel tax allocations have been compiled and provided by the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT).  The document provided shows each county’s and city’s gas tax…
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June 7, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Lewis & Clark County is Seeking Legal Secretary II

Lewis & Clark County is seeking a legal secretary. Under general supervision of the County Attorney, this position provides legal secretarial and clerical support services to assist county attorneys and…
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June 7, 2019 in Safety Corner

Lesson Learned: Ladder Safety Training is an Effective way to Prevent needless Accidents

Ladder safety training is an effective way to prevent needless accidents, yet many workers are not receiving the necessary training. If any employees use ladders, Counties should make training for…
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June 5, 2019 in Association News

MACo Welcomes Dan O’Malley to the Team

As of February 25th you may have noticed that MACo has a new employee, Dan O'Malley.  Even though this announcement is coming a few months late, we are very excited…
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June 5, 2019 in County News

Local Government Services May 2019 Newsletter

This is the second newsletter from the State Local Government Services (previous Local Government Services Bureau). This issue contains information on local government financial reporting including a legislative update on…
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June 4, 2019 in Employment Opportunities, State News

MT Department of Commerce Seeking Chief Legal Counsel

The Montana Department of Commerce in Helena, Montana, is seeking an individual for Chief Legal Counsel to apply leadership skills in a dynamic and rewarding job, while providing legal advice and direction to the Director…
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June 1, 2019 in Obituaries

Robert “Bob” Phillips

Robert Keith "Bob" Phillips, 92, passed away peacefully at home on May 19, 2019, from natural causes, having lived his first nine decades without darkening the doors of hospitals or…
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June 1, 2019 in County News, NACo

NACo High Performance Leadership Academy

County officials are encouraged to participate in the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy (HPLA). The curriculum is delivered by successful leaders from a number of different sectors including some of…
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June 1, 2019 in Association News

FY 2020 Entitlement Share Payments

Our Entitlement Share spreadsheet has been updated with the FY 2020 numbers.  It can be downloaded under the "Fiscal Information & Forms" section of our "Resources & Data" page on…
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May 30, 2019 in Obituaries

Joe A. DeLong

Lifetime Flathead Valley resident, Joe Arlee DeLong, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019.  He was 89 years old. Joe was born on July 13, 1929, to Milton A. and…
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May 30, 2019 in Association News

MACo Awards President’s Scholarships

James P. Hart, Montana Association of Counties President and Madison County Commissioner, announced the awards of the 2019 MACo President’s Scholarships. Ayden Anderson is the winner of the $1,000 Montana…
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May 28, 2019 in State News

New Montana State Meal Rates: Effective July 1

During the 2019 Legislative Session, HB 175, Provide for state employee pay plan, passed and is effective July 1st.  HB 175 changed the state meal reimbursement rates.
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May 24, 2019 in Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 17

The 66th Legislative Session officially came to a close on the afternoon of Thursday, April 25th, after 87 days, 3,324 bill draft requests, 1,309 introduced bills, and 270,131 Floor Votes.
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May 20, 2019 in County News

Growth Policies: The Most Misunderstood Land Use Planning Tool

The most misunderstood land use planning tool in Montana is the Growth Policy which is authorized by Title 76, Chapter 1, Part 6, MCA.  This article goes over the most…
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May 17, 2019 in NACo

2019 WIR Conference Recap

The 2019 NACo Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference was held May 15-17 in Spokane, Washington.  This Conference brings together county officials from across the nation to focus on pressing issues…
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May 16, 2019 in County News

Supplemental Payment: FFY 2018 Federal Forest Reserve Payments to Counties

The Montana Department of Administration distributed Supplemental Federal Forest Reserve funds to the counties totaling $878,966.60 on Monday May 13, 2019.  These additional payments represent the sequestration of 6.2% that…
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May 9, 2019 in Association News

MACo’s Annual Salary Survey Completed

MACo's FY 2019 Salary Survey results have been compiled and can now be downloaded.
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May 9, 2019 in Safety Corner

Safety Corner: Blenders Can Be Dangerous

Read about how blenders can be dangerous and checkout who's in the spotlight this month!
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May 8, 2019 in Grants

911 Grants Awarded

The Montana Department of Administration's Public Safety Communications Bureau has released this year's list of grant awards (award letters will be coming soon). The new annual 9-1-1 Grant Program is…
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April 29, 2019 in Grants

Stakeholder Announcement: USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Offset High Energy Costs in Rural Areas

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced that USDA is seeking applications for grants to offset high energy costs in rural areas.
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April 29, 2019 in Legislative Updates

Agricultural Covenant Exemption: 2019 Legislative Changes

The 2019 legislature passed HB 124 which allows County Commissioners to lift the agricultural covenant without subdivision review in limited situations as set forth in this article.
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April 26, 2019 in County News

FY 2020 & FY 2021 County Attorney Salary Projections (State Share)

The Montana Department of Justice has prepared a spreadsheet with the projected quarterly county attorney salary amounts for each county for the 2021 Biennium. Pursuant to the provisions of Section…
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April 24, 2019 in Local Government Services

FY 2020 Inflation Factor for Mill Levy Calculation

The inflation factor for FY 2020 is 1.02%.  Per 15-10-420, MCA, “a governmental entity that is authorized to impose mills may impose a mill levy sufficient to generate the amount of…
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April 22, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Richland County Seeking Deputy Sheriff

The Richland County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications for the position of one full time Deputy Sheriff. Applications and resumes will be accepted until position is filled. 
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April 20, 2019 in Association News

MACo Directory of County Elected Officials: Updates Available

We have compiled updates to the 2019 Montana Association of Counties Directory of County Officials.  You can download the updates by clicking the button below.
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April 19, 2019 in Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 16

Week 15 of the 66th Legislative Session has officially come to a close, and the Legislature has left the Capitol yesterday afternoon for a much-needed break. The Senate will reconvene…
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April 17, 2019 in Grants

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $1.5 Billion in BUILD Transportation Grants to Revitalize Infrastructure Nationwide

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding to 91 projects in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The grants are…
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April 16, 2019 in County News

FFY 2018 Federal Forest Reserve Payments Released

In accordance with the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Act, P.L. 115-141 reauthorized March 23, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service processed payments to states the week of April…
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April 13, 2019 in Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 15

Week 14 of the 66th Legislative Session has officially come to a close, with HB 773 (Modifying entitlement share payments) being defeated on the Senate Floor, 12-38, and then indefinitely…
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April 10, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Lewis & Clark County Seeking Road/Bridge Operations Supervisor

Lewis & Clark County is seeking a Road/Bridge Operations Supervisor. Under general direction of Public Works Director, this position manages the daily operations of the Road, Bridge and Shop sections…
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April 6, 2019 in Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 14

Week 13 of the 66th Legislative Session has officially come to a close, with the House and Senate working a little later than usual Friday evening to try and get…
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April 6, 2019 in Legislative Updates

Unscheduled Legislative Subcommittee Discusses Entitlement Share Legislation

Last night, Friday, April 5th, after the adjournment of both the House and the Senate, the Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice (Part D) convened at…
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April 5, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Dawson County Seeking Correctional Officers

Dawson County is currently seeking correctional officers for the Dawson County Correctional Facility.
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April 4, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Cascade County Seeking Planning Division Administrator

Cascade County is seeking a Planning Division Administrator for its Public Works Department. This position leads, manages, supervises and coordinates routine and complex administrative, technical and professional work in planning…
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April 4, 2019 in County News

Return of Sequestered FY 2018 Federal Mineral Royalty Monies

Mineral Leasing Act (MLA, 30 U.S.C. 191) payments were sequestered under the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (BBEDCA) by the federal government for our state FY…
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April 1, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Lewis & Clark County Seeking Grants Administrator

Lewis & Clark County is seeking a Grants Administrator. Under general direction of the Community Development and Planning Director, this position develops and coordinates grant-funded programs and projects for the…
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April 1, 2019 in NACo

NACo 2019 Legislative Conference Telecommunications & Technology Committee Report

On March 2, the Telecommunications & Technology Steering Committee convened for official business during the Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. At the meeting, members were joined by several Capitol Hill…
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March 30, 2019 in Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 13

Week twelve of the 66th Legislative Session has almost come to a close, with the House of Representatives working until late Friday evening to try and get the last few…
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March 30, 2019 in NACo

NACo 2019 Legislative Conference Human Services & Education Committee Report

The Human Services & Education Committee met on March 2 during the NACo Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. The committee focused on immigration reform, Early Childhood Development, the Dream Act, Energy…
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March 27, 2019 in Legislative Updates

Gazette Opinion: Helena Rumor May Cost Local Taxpayers

False claims appear to be a reason why the biennial state budget passed by the House last week that shifts $759,000 in Office of Public Defender costs to Montana cities…
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March 25, 2019 in Legislative Updates

Gazette opinion: Update Montana law for timely election results

Election results could be available earlier if a bill regarding the early preparation of absentee ballots passes the Montana Legislature. Present Montana law says counting cannot commence until Election Day…
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March 23, 2019 in Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 12

Week eleven of the 66th Legislative Session has almost come to a close, with the Legislature holding just a few more Saturday hearings tomorrow (March 23rd) at 12:30 p.m. Tomorrow…
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March 15, 2019 in Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 11

Week ten of the 66th Legislative Session has almost come to a close, with the Legislature holding its first Saturday hearings tomorrow (March 16th) at 9 a.m. Next week brings…
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March 9, 2019 in Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 10

Week nine of the 66th Legislative Session and transmittal break have passed.  The budget (HB 2) is officially heating up, with the Appropriations Committee hearing from the approps subcommittees this…
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March 5, 2019 in Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 9

Week eight of the 66th Legislative Session and "transmittal" has come and gone; that means we have completed 45 days and have 45 left to go!  This particular transmittal requires…
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March 1, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Cascade County Seeking Health Officer

The Health Officer is responsible for overall leadership, community engagement, and executive responsibilities as the Health Officer of the City-County Health Department (CCHD); assessing and monitoring health factors in Cascade…
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March 1, 2019 in Association News, Safety Corner

2019 Risk Management Safety Awards

The MACo Risk Management Awards Luncheon was held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at the Midwinter Conference in Helena.  MACo recognizes counties exhibiting a continued commitment to job site safety…
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February 28, 2019 in Safety Corner

Lesson Learned: Exploding Batteries

On 2/13/19 A lead-acid battery exploded in a member county road shop.  Battery acid splashed on to the employee.  Luckily, the employee was not injured because he was wearing Personal…
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February 28, 2019 in NACo

NACo 2019 Legislative Conference Transportation Committee Report

The National Association of Counties recently met in Washington D.C. for the annual Legislative Conference. The Transportation Committee met on Saturday, March 2nd, to discuss priorities including policy statements, airport…
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February 26, 2019 in Association News

Rickey Mart Memorial Agent Appreciation Award Presented to Brad Salonen

The Sixth Annual Rickey Mart Memorial Agent Appreciation Award was presented to Brad Salonen, of Paynewest Insurance, at the recent MACo Midwinter Conference.  Brad is the agent for Flathead, Lake…
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February 25, 2019 in Risk Sharing

Social Engineering & Mitigating Risks

A series of articles on social engineering and mitigating the associated risks.
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February 23, 2019 in Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 8

Week seven of the 66th Legislative Session was a wild ride, and the week of transmittal is just about to begin, which means we’re almost to the halfway point, with…
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February 22, 2019 in Obituaries

Lee LaBreche

On Friday, February 22, Lee LaBreche passed away suddenly at his home, taken away far too soon. Lee was born in Great Falls, Montana on June 9, 1963 and was…
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February 22, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Lewis & Clark County Seeking Project Accountant

Lewis and Clark County, population 67,000, is currently seeking an Accounting Manager.  Under general supervision of the Accounting Manager, this position performs accounting and financial duties for the County Treasurer’s…
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February 16, 2019 in Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 7

We've completed a very busy sixth week of the 66th Legislative Session, and week seven is just a day and a half away, which means transmittal is looming in just…
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February 9, 2019 in Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 6

We've completed the fifth week of the 66th Legislative Session; week six here we come! To help keep you apprised of what’s happening on the hill, we will be releasing…
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February 7, 2019 in Obituaries

Charles Evans Egan

COLUMBUS — Charles (Chuck) Evans Egan passed away from natural causes on Feb. 7, 2019. He was the second son born to Harold and Cora (Loyning) Egan on March 19,…
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February 2, 2019 in Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 5

We've completed the fourth week of the 66th Legislative Session; week five here we come! To help keep you apprised of what’s happening on the hill, we will be releasing…
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January 30, 2019 in Safety Corner

Safety Corner: Basic Ladder Safety

Ladders are tools. Many of the basic safety rules that apply to most tools also apply to the safe use of a ladder. Read more about these rules here.
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January 25, 2019 in Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 4

We've completed the third week of the 66th Legislative Session; week four here we come! To help keep you apprised of what’s happening on the hill, we will be releasing…
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January 22, 2019 in Obituaries

Brendan Joseph Murphy

Read All News July 22, 1937 - January 21, 2019 Brendan Joseph Murphy, 81, of Winnett, passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, after a courageous battle with an extended illness.…
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January 22, 2019 in Local Government Services

Local Government Services January 2019 Newsletter

This is the first newsletter from the State Local Government Services (previous Local Government Services Bureau). This newsletter contains information on new management who will be working with counties after…
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January 19, 2019 in Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 3

We've completed the second week of the 66th Legislative Session and week three is just around the corner . . .To help keep you apprised of what’s happening on the…
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January 18, 2019 in Grants

The Montana State Library is Now Accepting FY 2020 Montana Land Information Act Grant Applications

The MLIA Grant Application for State Fiscal Year 2020 is now available.
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January 17, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Lewis & Clark County Seeking Deputy County Attorney

Lewis and Clark County, population 67,000, is currently seeking a Deputy County Attorney.  Under the general direction of the County Attorney, this position prosecutes criminal and civil offenses, represents county…
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January 13, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Lewis & Clark County Seeking Special Districts Program Coordinator

Lewis and Clark County, population 67,000, is currently seeking a Special Districts Program Coordinator. Under general supervision of the Public Works Director, coordinates and manages the creation of and amendments…
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January 12, 2019 in Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 2

The first week of the 66th Legislative Session has concluded, and we're headed into week 2! To help keep you apprised of what’s happening on the hill, we will be…
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January 9, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Sanders County Seeking Deputy County Attorney

Sanders County is currently seeking a Deputy County Attorney.  This position performs legal duties for the County Attorney of a criminal nature and civil nature.
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January 5, 2019 in Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 1

With the holiday season freshly behind us, it' now time to jump into the legislative season (session)!   The 66th Legislative Session kicks off Monday, January 7th at noon, with the House…
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December 29, 2018 in Association News

MACo Launches New Website

The Montana Association of Counties has built a new website, which we think is more user-friendly, responsive across all devices and browsers, and just plain good-looking as well.
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December 29, 2018 in Association News

Robert’s Rules of Order: Ten Myths about Parliamentary Procedure

Thousands of meetings occur every day, many claiming to follow Robert’s Rules of Order when transacting business. How is it we know so little about this book that’s so essential…
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December 29, 2018 in Association News

2019 MACo Committee Members Appointed

Annually, the MACo President appoints committee members based on interest of the membership.  President Jim Hart, Madison County Commissioner, along with the assistance of the MACo Executive Committee and others,…
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December 27, 2018 in Association News

Pre-order your Directory of County Officials

The 2019 Montana Association of Counties Directory of County Officials is available for pre-order at a cost of just $15.00.  There are significant changes and updates in this edition. 
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December 24, 2018 in Obituaries

Theodore Hirsch

Read All News December 17, 1921 - December 24, 2018 On Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018, Theodore Herbert “Ted” Hirsch joined his beloved wife, Ruthie, in heaven. Christmas Eve was…
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December 21, 2018 in Safety Corner

Safety Corner: New Year’s Tips

Over 42,480 American workers missed at least one day of work due to ice, sleet, or snow-related injuries in a single year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Safety directors…
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December 18, 2018 in Obituaries

Jane Marie Stene

Read All News February 7, 1954 - December 18, 2018 The plans to retire on January 1st and spend the next years enjoying watching the grandkids grow had to be…
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December 17, 2018 in Employment Opportunities

Custer County Seeking Fiscal Officer

Custer County is currently recruiting for the position of Fiscal Officer.  This position performs duties in the preparation and maintenance of accounting records; coordination and preparation of the annual budget;…
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December 14, 2018 in Grants

Reclamation and Development Grants Program Planning Grants – Call for Applications

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Reclamation and Development Grants Program (RDGP) is accepting grant applications to fund planning and assessment for natural resource projects.
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December 11, 2018 in Employment Opportunities

Valley County Seeking Undersheriff

Valley County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for the position of Undersheriff. Lateral transfers for officers having achieved the Montana Intermediate or Advanced Certification. Five or more years of…
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