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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Closure looms for Bitterroot railroad spur

  By Michael Howell The end of an era may be immanent. In this case it’s the era of railroad service to the Bitterroot Valley. Some would say that’s a drastic call. But the signs are looming. The tracks have in fact been closed down since June when owner Montana Rail Link (MRL) placed an…

Election results

  HAMILTON Three incumbent Hamilton City Councilors, who ran unopposed for another term, were all victorious in the November 8, 2011 municipal elections. Joe Petrusaitis garnered 247 votes to keep his seat in Ward 1. Al Mitchell kept his Ward 2 seat with a vote of 131. Jenny West stays on in Ward 3 with…

County to live stream meetings on internet

  The County Commissioners are on the verge of adopting a new policy governing video and audio taping of their meetings. According to the draft policy still under review, the written minutes will serve as the officially adopted record of county business, but meetings deemed to be of significant public interest will be live streamed…

Compelled to comment

  Dear Editor, Several Ravalli County issues addressed recently in local newspapers and letters to the editor beg for additional comment: 1) The struggling non-profit recycling program in Ravalli County needs the commissioners to “show them the money” they were promised. 2) Suzy Foss’s enthusiasm for coordination needs to be examined very closely. Her friend,…

Setting Kimball straight

  Dear Editor, This is an open letter to Glenn Kimball in response to the accusations you made about me in the newspapers. I’m going to cover the points you raised with factual information and dispel your false statements. First of all, I am not a member of any environmental-extremist movement seeking to discredit the…

Himes being vilified in press

  Dear Editor, I am disgusted and dismayed by the Ravalli Republic’s recent attempts to disparage the name and reputation of Harris Himes. I finally had enough when the fifth front page article in six weeks came out about him. The paper in my opinion is committing open detraction of Harris Himes. Detraction in a…

Opposed to trapping wolves

  Dear Editor, It is not surprising the Ravalli County Commissioners did not solicit input from Footloose Montana along with other groups they called upon in what they say is the creation of a large predator control position paper. Commissioner Suzy Foss added “working with other counties, states and regions will be inevitable.” To quote…

‘Moving’ sign defeats safety message

By Tim Miller, Florence First I must thank all of the Fire Department volunteers for giving your time and energy to attend training sessions, be on-call and respond promptly to fires and medical emergencies. You have my utmost respect and appreciation. Unfortunately, decisions by fire department heads can sometimes have unintended consequences. Recently I became…

Wednesday, November 16   BPL preschool story time Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton on Wednesday, November 16 to enjoy “Feelings” with storyteller Holli Hayes. Story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and is designed for children 3-5 years of age. All story times are free…

MONTANA TWENTY-FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, RAVALLI COUNTY In the Matter of the Name Change of Zach Keil, Zach Keil, Petitioner Cause No. DV-11-613/3 Dept. No. 1 NOTICE OF HEARING ON NAME CHANGE This is notice that Petitioner has asked the District Court for a change of name from Zachary Daniel Keil to Zachary Daniel Titeca….