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Monthly Archives: January 2012

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…

Commissioners reach all-time low

  The Ravalli County Board of Commissioners reached an all time low last Friday when they fired Road and Bridge Department supervisor Ohnstad. Apparently he is being made the scapegoat to cover their gift of over $40,000 in road work to their developer friends the Sardots for their ”road to nowhere”. Actually, the commissioners have…

What woke up Commissioner Stoltz?

  In the past nine months I have attended at least 17 meetings of the Ravalli County Commissioners. These meetings have covered all sorts of topics – the Flatiron subdivision, the Ravalli County airport, the layoff of county employees, the elimination of the Juvenile Detention Center, cuts to the Health Department, wolves, etc. At these…

$133.00 lesson

  My wife and I decided we needed a new 30″ gas cooktop for our kitchen. Since it originally came from Sears, we went to our “local” Sears store looking for a replacement. Based on the information we received at the store, we could tell it would fit in the existing cutout in the counter…

Re: Abolishing the Death Penalty

  Recently a number of residents in the valley met together to discuss abolition of the death penalty in Montana. When the Montana Legislature meets again, there will be another effort to change our State’s laws to a less expensive and more compassionate policy. One of the many facts that we learned was that there…

Where’s the real concern for all life?

  Regarding Ravalli County’s wolf policy, a recent Missoulian quoted Commissioner Chilcott, “This policy should be recognized as advocacy for humans, for ungulate populations and for livestock.” Is he serious? The wolf policy, as reported in the paper, is inhumane, illegal and unnecessary. If the County Commissioners actually had concern for humans, ungulate populations and…

Thoughtless acts

  Dear Editor, I hope the person or persons who vandalized the Creamery Park just after Christmas will read this letter. They disturbed the peaceful beauty of the Christmas lights, they shattered them all over, damaged tables, and vandalized the snowmen. The Civic Club has paid to have lights replaced before and now will have…