- Associated Press - Friday, March 10, 2017

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - An anonymous donor has given $1 million to Flathead County to fund a new jail.

County Administrator Mike Pence said Wednesday that the donation will be added to the $6 million the county has already saved for the new facility. Pence says the donor said that additional funds may be provided in the future, but requested anonymity.

Flathead County’s current jail is 30 years old and was designed to hold about 60 inmates. The facility often holds more than 100 people on a nightly basis.

In 2016, the county began a $1.3 million expansion to the current facility. Sheriff Chuck Curry says a new jail will still be needed in coming years.


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