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Missoula County Weekly June 3-10: Ballots due by 8 p.m. Tuesday; Library launches Summer Learning Program

Post Date:06/03/2024 4:00 PM

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Primary ballots are due by 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 4

Ballots for the primary election are due by 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 4. The following drop off locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day:

  1. Drive-thru drop off on Russell St. Between Fairgrounds and YMCA
  2. Drive-thru drop off at McCormick Park
  3. Any polling place
  4. Elections Center drop box**

**Due to limited parking and traffic, we recommend dropping off your ballot at the other locations if possible.

Twenty polling places will be open across Missoula County on Election Day. While approximately 85% of Missoula County voters choose to receive their ballots in the mail for every election, Montana law requires polling places to be open on Election Day for any regularly scheduled federal, state or county election. Due to the redistricting cycle following the 2020 Census, voters in Evaro, a section of Lolo and certain parts of the City of Missoula may see changes to where they can vote on Election Day. Visit the myvoterpagemt.com and click on "Polling Places" to see your polling place.

Residents who vote by mail can confirm the Elections Office has received and accepted their ballot by visiting myvoterpagemt.com. A list of frequently asked questions about this primary election is available online.

Adventure awaits: Missoula Public Library launches annual Summer Learning Program

The Missoula Public Library launched its annual Summer Learning Program, themed "Adventure Begins at Your Library,” this month. Throughout the summer, MPL invites children, teens and adults alike to go on a quest for knowledge, creativity and fun. The Summer Learning Program and reading challenge helps reader stay engaged by offering hands-on activities, engaging presentations and entertaining programs for everyone.

To participate, patrons can pick up a printed reading log for young readers on Level Two or Library Bingo cards for teens and adults on Level Three of the library. Reading logs completed by Saturday, Aug. 31, will be eligible to win fabulous prizes. Summer Learning Program events cover everything from the Mission2Mars program to Apsen Decker’s “Voices of the Valley: Salish Language, Art, and History.”

The popular Read to Ride drawing also will return this year’s Western Montana Fair at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. In addition to choosing a free book, kids who complete half or more of their reading logs by Friday, July 26, can enter a drawing for free rides at the Fair. Kids have a chance to win one of 50 ride booklets containing six ride vouchers or one of 10 “Golden Ticket” ride wristband coupons for unlimited rides for the whole week of the Fair. Winners are eligible for one of these prizes only and will be notified on Wednesday, July 29. Read more

Elections Office provides voter education opportunities, tours

The Missoula County Elections Office encourages voters to educate themselves on the processes the County follows to conduct accurate, accessible and secure elections and invites members of the public and media to tour these processes after Election Day.

The following tours will take place in the Elections Center, located at 140 N. Russell St. in Missoula:

  • 2:45 p.m. Monday, June 10: Provisional ballot count. Attendees will observe staff counting any accepted provisional ballots for the election.
  • 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 12: Post-election audit. Attendees will observe the process used to confirm that equipment worked correctly during the election. This is an audit of any ballot counting machines used during the election. It is completed by comparing a hand-count of ballots to the results from the equipment.
  • 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 18: Election canvass. State law requires the Elections Office and three county elected officials to verify the election with a canvass. The canvass ensures the number of ballots voted are the number of ballots counted and that no ballots are missing or counted more than once. Media and public are invited to observe the canvass with the Missoula County commissioners and elections staff.

If unable to attend an in-person tour, voters can learn how the Elections Office ensures all ballots are counted by watching the informational videos posted online. A list of frequently asked questions about this primary election is also available online.

Have opinions on how the County should be doing things? Lend us your expertise by serving on an advisory board or committee!

These boards and committees provide information and guidance to the Missoula Board of County Commissioners and other organizations on important issues from aquatic invasive species to zoning and much more. The commissioners appoint board members following review of applications.

The following boards have vacancies that are open until filled:

  • Aquatic Invasive Species District
  • Big Flat Irrigation District
  • Clinton Community Council
  • Clinton Rural Fire District
  • East Frenchtown Water District
  • East Missoula Rural Fire District
  • East Missoula Sewer District
  • Impact Fee Advisory
  • Lolo Mosquito Control Board
  • Missoula Consolidated Planning Board
  • Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Seeley Lake Community Council
  • Seeley Lake Sewer District
  • Tax Appeal Board
  • Weed Control Board
  • West Valley Community Council
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment

Visit missoula.co/apply to learn more about each board and submit your application!

Mythbuster: "Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament's nonprofit is helping pay for a skatepark out in Clinton."

TRUE. Working through his nonprofit, Montana Pool Service, Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam contributed $100,000 and raised community excitement and support for the Clinton Skatepark, located at the Clinton Community Park. The skatepark is open now!

The Clinton Skatepark's funding and construction is a result of a collaboration between the Montana Pool Service, the Montana Skatepark Association, Clinton Community Park Working Group, Missoula County, Evergreen Skateparks, Friends of Missoula Parks and many other donors and supporters. Through these partnerships, the large majority of this skatepark was funded through sources other than property taxes.

Within walking distance of the Clinton School and easily accessible to surrounding neighborhoods, this project is the first step in returning the Clinton Community Park to a vibrant gathering space.

Engage with us on Missoula County Voice!  

Don’t miss these opportunities to get involved with county government:    

Job openings  

Looking for a job with great benefits? Join our team at Missoula County! Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance; paid parental leave and vacation, sick and holiday leave; free and confidential counseling services through an Employee Assistance Program; and enrollment in the Public Employees’ Retirement System. The following departments are hiring:       

  • Animal Control
  • Detention Facility
  • Ecology & Extension
  • Fairgrounds
  • Facilities
  • Financial Services
  • Grants
  • Missoula Public Library
  • Missoula Public Health
  • Partnership Health Center
  • Public Works

See the full list of job openings at Missoula County and apply today!  

Missoula County in the News:

Selected Upcoming Events:

Find more events this week on the County’s Event Calendar!            

What are the commissioners up to? 

Recently, the Missoula County commissioners…

  • Joined the City of Missoula and partnering agencies to cut the ribbon at Marshall Mountain Park.
  • Celebrated the grand opening of the skatepark at Clinton Community Park.
  • Approved an amendment to an existing Building Resilient Infrastructure in Communities federal grant. Missoula County will use money from the newly created Montana State Resiliency Fund to offset the 25% match requirement of the federal grant. Missoula County will receive about $300,000 towards the project of burying overhead powerlines near Rock Creek, which is underway.
  • Approved a $12,000 professional agreement with West Slope Forest Management to perform thinning of hazardous fuels on a parcel of land northeast of the parking lot at Marshall Mountain Park. This is part of a $20,000 grant awarded to the Office of Emergency Management to manage wildfire fuels in this area, which includes a future prescribed burn with the US Forest Service.

Keep up with the commissioners yourself by attending a public meeting. Commissioners’ meetings and selected board meetings for the upcoming week are listed below, with links to agendas and Microsoft Teams links: 

Tuesday, June 4

Wednesday, June 5

  • No meetings scheduled

 Thursday, June 6

 Monday, June 10

Please note that agendas for department and administrative meetings are published two business days before the meeting, and public meeting agendas are published the Friday before the meeting. Administrative and public meeting video recordings are available on the Missoula County YouTube page, and MCAT plays the public meetings live on Spectrum Channel 190.

Email bcc@missoulacounty.us or call 406-258-4877 if you have any questions or comments on an upcoming meeting.