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PUBLIC NOTICE The North Valley Public Library Board of Trustees seeks a trustee to fulfill the remainder of a term until May 2012. If interested, please contact Desiree Dramstad, Library Director, at 406-777-5061 or desireedramstad@northvalleylibrary.org. Letters of interest will be accepted until January 31, 2012. BS 1-25-12. PUBLIC NOTICE NEW MEETING TIMES FOR STEVENSVILLE TOWN…

Sales/Auctions THE BOAT SHOW! “Boat Buying Event of the Year” at Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds, Helena, MT. Jan. 27th, 28th & 29th. 443-6400 or 266-5700. www.mtboatshow.com Farm & Garden RED, YUKON GOLD, RUSSET AND RUSSIAN BANANA POTATOES, winter squash, pie pumpkins. Potting soil. Hay and straw. Grain fed beef ready now. MOELLER’S NURSERY, Eastside Hwy.,…

Hamilton school district receives planning grant

  Hamilton School District #3 has been awarded a planning grant of $25,000 by the Department of Commerce. This funding comes with a matching requirement of $6,250 to the school district. “This program is one of Governor Brian Schweitzer’s priority initiatives,” said Dore Schwinden, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce, in an award letter…

Hamilton addresses leaf situation

  At its January 17 meeting, the Hamilton City Council held a public hearing and approved on first reading a change in the Municipal Code to address leaves and other debris being swept into the city right of way. The amended ordinance would prohibit it. Public Works Director Keith Smith told the council that last…

Commissioners sack county road superintendent

  By Michael Howell Following a marathon meeting that lasted over eight hours on Friday, January 20, the Ravalli County Commissioners voted 3 to 2 to terminate the employment of County Road and Bridge Department Supervisor David Ohnstad. Ohnstad’s employment was terminated for violating county policy in his handling of the Upper Woodchuck Road paving…

Rye Creek Road project moves forward

  Rye Creek Road, south of Darby, which provides a primary access route to the vast public lands on the east side of the southern Bitterroot Valley and supports a diverse group of recreationists, hunters, firewood collectors and residents, along with forest and ranch traffic, is another big step closer to getting a major facelift….

Commissioners draft large predator policy

  By Michael Howell County Commission Chairman Matt Kanenwisher gave a power point presentation last week of a proposed draft of a county policy for managing large predators. “It shall be the policy of Ravalli County to coordinate with state and local agencies to establish policies and practices for management of large predators within the…

FWP Commission proposes hunting changes

  By Michael Howell At its Thursday, January 19 meeting, the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission adopted for public comment a few proposals that would affect lion hunting and wolf hunting in the Bitterroot Valley. FWP Regional Wildlife Manager Mike Thompson said that the agency was looking for ways to reduce predation pressure on the…

Lone Rock receives literacy grant

  By Michael Howell Lone Rock School District officials were notified last week that the distirict had been chosen as the recipient of a grant of $314,998 per year for the next three years as part of the Montana Striving Readers Project. It all began with a $180 million award by the federal government to…

Public not well served

  It’s time our County Attorney represents public interests! For instance, this last year, on the east side, north of Stevensville, we’ve seen standing water in new places, for a long time. Well, up along Upper Woodchuck Road, did it get wetter than usual, for longer?? And the “500 loads” of aggregate. Did that damage…