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County adopts FY 2012 budget

  By Michael Howell On Thursday, September 15, the Ravalli County Commissioners unanimously adopted a $34.87 million budget for FY 2012 that includes a reduction in force (RIF) of at least 17 employees and elimination of even more in terms of positions. Nine employees will be laid off with the closure of the Juvenile Detention…

Citizens rally against job cuts

By Michael Howell Last Tuesday close to fifty people gathered on the County Administration Building lawn in Hamilton to hold a Save-Our-Workers Rally. The rally was scheduled to protest the job cuts included in the FY 2012 County Budget. Close to 17 employees will lose their employment under the new budget. Penny Gaddy-Rhodes, who helped…

Commissioners approve airport grant application

By Michael Howell The County Commissioners approved a grant application to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for $40,000 to produce an amended version of the Environmental Analysis (EA) for Airport runway improvements. A previous EA which was approved by the county and the FAA in 2010 was rejected by the current commissioners last spring in…

Justices take staff cuts to court

Preliminary injunction granted By Michael Howell Ravalli County Justices of the Peace Jim Bailey and Robin Clute have taken their case to District Court for the necessity of retaining two clerk positions that have been cut from the County’s budget. Both Bailey and Clute made their positions plain to the County Commissioners at a meeting…

Public health nurse position cut

  By Michael Howell Public Health Nurse Judy Griffin made a last minute appeal to the County Commissioners on Wednesday, September 14, to try and salvage the Registered Nurse (RN) position that would be eliminated from her office under the proposed FY 2012 county budget. Griffin told the Commissioners that her office could not function…

Plea made for Animal Control officer position

  By Michael Howell At a meeting to consider adoption of the FY 2012 Budget, Peg Platt of the Animal Control Board made a plea to the County Commissioners to maintain the position of Animal Control Officer. The Commissioners’ budget would eliminate that position as well as the position of Animal Control Administrator. Platt told…

County rescinds BREDD decision

  By Michael Howell The County Commissioners made an about face last week concerning their decision the previous week to withdraw from the Bitter Root Economic Development District (BREDD), the federally designated economic development district for western Montana covering Mineral, Missoula and Ravalli counties. On Tuesday, September 13, the commissioners decided to rescind that decision…

Stevi Council to appoint new mayor

  By Michael Howell In the wake of Stevensville Mayor Lew Barnett’s recent resignation, the Stevensville Town Council began defining the process by which a new mayor would be appointed. At the September 12 council meeting a process was defined and a schedule of procedure established. It involved narrowing the field of six applicants down…