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Pirates defeat Prospectors

Kyle Ball

The Victor Pirates notched a Western C victory on Saturday with a 34-32 win over the Philipsburg Prospectors. After a scoreless first quarter, Victor’s Corey Deering caught a 10-yard pass from Kurt Manely for six points. Tanner Sacks caught a Manely pass for the two-point conversion. Philipsburg came right back to score when Phil Shields…

Corvallis tops Frenchtown, Hamilton splits

Whitney Jessop makes a kill against the Frenchtown Broncs during Corvallis match against Frenchtown. Corvallis won the match in four games. Jean Schurman photo The Corvallis Blue Devils topped Frenchtown on the volleyball court on Thursday. Whitney Jessop led the team at the net with seven kills and three blocks. After winning the first two…

  Ravalli County budget crisis Dear Editor, Ravalli County needs five Commissioners like Michael Moore needs a  supreme pizza. Ravalli is the only one of the 56 Montana counties with a five-member Board of  Commissioners. Half dozen other counties with populations 2 to 3 times larger operate with three. Yellowstone has 140,000 citizens, compared to…

We need more jobs, not less

By Doris Adam, Hamilton “…it’s just a matter of math.”–That’s what County Commissioner Matt Kanenwisher calls the laying off of 20 hardworking, hardscrabble county workers, or 10% of our county workforce. Ten percent! Actually Matt, they’re not just “math.” They’re real people, our neighbors, who likely make much less than you as a commissioner. They…

Sara Craun, Bella Wandler and Payton Griffin wait for their ribbons in the Kiddie Lamb Class at the Ravalli County Fair. All of the participants received blue ribbons in the class which gives youngsters eight and under a chance to show an animal. Craun won the best dressed showman also. Jean Schurman photo.

County aims to downsize

  Twenty jobs on the chopping block By Michael Howell If the county commissioners stick to their proposed budget, close to twenty jobs will be eliminated in the coming fiscal year. According to Commission Chairman J.R. Iman, about 19.6 employee positions are being eliminated in the Fiscal Year 2012 budget. He said the job cuts…

Judges resist cuts in staff

  By Michael Howell Justice Court Judge Robin Clute told the County Commissioners that if they cut her staff by 33 and one third percent as they propose, “it is going to hamstring us.” Each of the County’s Justices of the Peace has three employees: a Court Administrator/Ticket Case Manager, Civil Clerk/Criminal Case Manager, and…

Mahar settles with county attorney

  By Michael Howell Deputy County Attorney Geoff Mahar has signed an employment agreement, separation agreement, and general release agreement with County Attorney Bill Fulbright and the County memorializing his employment relationship as an employee “of counsel” for the county through May 31, 2013. The settlement agreement was signed and filed with the Clerk and…

White Feather Ranch seeks funds from Open Lands Program

  By Michael Howell On Thursday, September 8, the Ravalli County Commissioners will consider a request for $145,725 to be awarded from the county’s Open Lands Bond Program as part of the cost for establishing a conservation easement on the White Feather Ranch east of Stevensville. Last week a few of the commissioners made a…

Recyclers looking to the future

  By Michael Howell Ravalli County Recycling is open once again at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds in Hamilton on Mondays. The recycling service, which was started at the fairgrounds by Retired Senior Volunteer Program members and then suspended during Fair time, is now collecting recyclables once again at the north gate on Old Corvallis Road….