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Daily Archives: 8:12 pm

Human rights complaints released

  By Michael Howell Deputy County Attorney Geoffrey Mahar’s human rights complaints against County Attorney William “Bill” Fulbright and Ravalli County were released to the public by the Human Rights Bureau last Thursday, December 15. Several entities sought the release of the complaints but were refused based upon an objection by Mahar that it would…

County ordinances under review

  By Michael Howell ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE The county’s Animal Control Ordinance is headed for major revisions following the elimination of the Animal Control Officer from the county budget, the resignation of the Animal Control Board and the subsequent collapse of the county’s dog licensing program. The ordinance came into question when the Commissioners’ Administrative…

County requests speed study on Eastside Highway

  By Michael Howell After listening to complaints from several people who live and work along the Eastside Highway near Stevensville, the County Commissioners agreed to send a letter to the Montana Department of Transportation requesting a speed study along a section of the road south of Stevensville. The meeting was held at the request…

Commissioners decline to regulate rifle hunting

  By Michael Howell County Commissioners declined a request, made by Hans McPherson last week, to prohibit rifle hunting below the Big Ditch. McPherson, who farms in the area, told the commissioners that rifle hunting in what is essentially an area of “urban farming” and high residential development was a danger and should not be…

Garbage dump on county land to be cleaned up

  By Michael Howell The County Commissioners decided last week to install a gate and place a “No Dumping” sign to restrict access to a small piece of county property off of Snyder Lane southeast of Stevensville that has been used as a dump for a number of years. The Commissioners heard complaints about the…

Economic strategy committee appointments made

  The County Commissioners have appointed five members of the public to serve on the newly created Strategic Economic Development Committee. The committee is charged with gathering information on the current economic infrastructure of the valley, identifying and assessing the major economic players, and finally designing a strategy for economic development in the county. Newly…

Postal Service to delay closures

  Montana’s senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus has announced the U.S. Postal Service will delay closures of U.S. Postal Service area mail processing facilities or post offices for five months. In a letter last week, Baucus pressed for a plan that would allow Congress to provide appropriate measures to address the Postal Service’s fiscal problems…