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Building a new way to live

For Daniel and Katherine Ray, cob building is more than a style of construction, it is a lifestyle. It’s about keeping life simple and less costly. It’s about a mortgage-free house. It’s about freedom.

By Michael Howell The house that Daniel and Katherine Ray built is a philosophical statement as much as it is an abode. It bespeaks a devotion to the basic and simple things in life, to the organic, to an eco-friendly lifestyle, and to the ultimate in thriftiness. The couple was able to build their livable,…

Commissioners place museum levy on the ballot

By Michael Howell The Ravalli county Commissioners voted unanimously on Monday, February 8, to place a one mill levy on the June Primary ballot to fund the Bitterroot Valley Historical Society’s (BVHS) operation of the Ravalli County Museum. The one mill levy is estimated to raise about $74,000 annually. A homeowner with a home valued…

Annual Cowboy Ball this Saturday

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The 5th Annual Cowboy Ball, sponsored by the Rockin’ RC Rodeo Committee and the Ravalli County Fair, will be held this Saturday night, February 13, at the 1st Interstate Building at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds. Each year a different project is selected and the proceeds from the ball go to that project. The theme for…

Ravalli Recycling to stop accepting plastic

By Michael Howell Ravalli County Recycling, Inc. has decided to indefinitely suspend collection of plastics, starting March 1. RCR Board Chair Pam Small said that it was not an easy decision to make and a lot of thought and research was done before taking this step. She said the decision was based on information obtained…

Ravalli Electric to expand valley solar project

Members who missed out on the first 88 panels in Ravalli Electric Co-op’s first-ever community solar project can now take advantage of a second phase. Initially having planned for a 25kw system with room to grow, it was unclear whether the program would have enough demand to expand beyond that. “We were really unsure of…

City, county agree on skatepark at fairgrounds

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners signed onto a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Hamilton and Circle 13 Skatepark Project, Inc. last week that could lead to the donation of about half an acre of ground in the southeast corner of the Ravalli County Fairgrounds to the city for use as a…

Commissioners to look into status of gated road

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners were urged last week to take action, one way or another, in order to settle the dispute over the locked gate that blocks public access about eight and a half miles up Hughes Creek Road. The gate has been there for over forty years and, as one commissioner…

IronHaus, Inc. awarded job creation grant

Governor Steve Bullock announced last Friday that Hamilton-based IronHaus, Inc., which manufactures high-end handcrafted iron fireplace doors and systems, is one of eight businesses in Montana awarded grant funds for job creation. The company has been awarded $37,500 from the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund to implement a plan is designed to create five…