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Court voids discharge permit for proposed ‘big box’ store

By Michael Howell On Monday, May 16, Helena District Court Judge Mike Menahan ruled in favor of the non-profit organizations Bitterrooters for Planning (BfP) and Bitterroot River Protection Association (BRPA) in their case against Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) over the groundwater discharge permit that was issued on November 17, 2014 to local realtor…

Elusive former county treasurer finally served

By Michael Howell Former Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey, aka/Valerie Addis, aka/Valerie Scott, has finally been served papers in the civil suit filed against her by the Ravalli County Commissioners. Stamey fled the county after being suspended from office and charged by the county commissioners with 58 instances of failing to perform her official duties…

Crews sworn in as Stevensville mayor

Newly appointed Mayor Jim Crews was sworn in last week and is ready to pound the gavel at the next Stevensville Town Council meeting. The Council meets regularly on the second and fourth Thursday of every month at Town Hall at 7 p.m.

It’s official! Former council member and acting mayor Jim Crews was officially sworn in as mayor last week at Town Hall. Crews replaces former mayor Paul Ludington who resigned following a dispute with the council as it repeatedly rejected his attempts to appoint a judge to replace former municipal judge Ron Klaphake. The council eventually…

Local EMS service receives state award

Mark Butler, William Torres, Roy Perry and Gina Tan, members of Marcus Daly Hospital Ambulance Service, with the plaque they received EMS Service of the Year.

  Emergency Medical Service personnel from Hamilton were among those honored by the Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS) during an awards ceremony at the Capitol in Helena last week. Representatives from Marcus Daly Hospital Ambulance, Blaine County Ambulance II, American Medical Response Billings, Lewis and Clark County 911 Dispatch Center, St. Patrick…

Bitterroot Forest releases Travel Plan Decision and Final EIS

By Michael Howell   Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King on Wednesday, May 11, announced the release of the Travel Management Plan Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD). It is the culmination of a Forest-wide planning process that delineates how motorized use will be managed on the 1.6 million acre…

Forest officials listen to objectors to Westside project

By Michael Howell Officials of the Forest Service met with objectors to the Westside Collaborative Vegetation Management Project last week to hear from them personally about their most serious concerns. The project is located on the Bitterroot National Forest in the Darby Ranger District between Lost Horse and Roaring Lion Creeks and private land and…

Stevensville council appoints interim mayor, new judge

By Michael Howell At the Thursday, May 12 meeting of the Stevensville Town Council, Council President Jim Crews, who has been serving as acting mayor since the resignation of former Mayor Paul Ludington, was officially appointed as interim mayor to serve until the next general election. There were two candidates for the mayor’s position, Crews…

Sheriff’s Office hosts Crisis Intervention Training

Sgt. Jim Anderson, Statewide Coordinator for the Montana Crisis Intervention Training from the Gallatin Academy, Ravalli County Deputy Dan Mendonca CIT Coordinator for Ravalli County and his teammate River Front Counselor Kimber Smith address a roomful of law enforcement and other agency services including the Hamilton Police Department, the Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service, Valley Veterans, Ravalli Services, Western Montana Mental Health Clinic, and Heart Ministries.

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Montana Academy, with Riverfront Mental Health Center and West House in Corvallis, May 16th through May 20th. The purpose of CIT Montana is to train first responders, law enforcement officers, detention staff, and dispatchers in engaging, assessing, and assisting individuals…