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County considers return of 911 dispatch center to Sheriff’s Office control

Ravalli County’s newest County Commissioner, Jeff Burrows, took the oath of office last Wednesday, August 1. Burrows, who was appointed by the other commissioners to fill the seat left vacant by departing commissioner Matt  Kanenwisher, is also the Republican candidate for the seat which will be up for election on the November ballot. Burrows faces two challengers in that race, Independent candidate Nancy Joy Valk and Democratic candidate John Ormiston. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell The County Commissioners discussed the potential reorganization of the 911 Emergency Dispatch Center last week. The dispatch center was removed from control of the Sheriff’s Office a few years ago and placed under the supervision of the Board of County Commissioners. Since then, however, over the last two years both the 911…

County budget at a glance

  According to preliminary budget figures for Ravalli County, revenues for Fiscal Year 2013 are expected to drop. Budgeted tax revenues have declined from $1,968,670 in FY 2012 to $1,866,882 for FY 2013. Non-tax revenues are seeing a reduction from $13,693,884 in FY 2012 to $13,644,917 for FY 2013, about a $49,000 reduction. The County…

Ormiston files for county commissioner

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  Retired Forest Service biologist John Ormiston declared his candidacy on Monday, August 6, as the Democratic candidate for the Ravalli County Board of County Commissioners. He is seeking the seat that was held by Matt Kanenwisher, who resigned in June. According to a press release issued by his campaign, Ormiston’s slogan, “A Reasonable Voice,…

Response to LaCroix

  This is written in response to “Extreme ties that bind.” Once again LaCroix is looking for vampires and boogiemen in mirrors ready to jump out that aren’t there. Jeff Burrows is a good man who believes in the Constitution and doing what is right for our county. I belong to what you refer to…

A voice of reason

  Having gathered the required signatures to file for office, I am now an official candidate for County Commissioner, District 4. I am very grateful to all my supporters that have assisted me on the first leg of my journey to becoming your county representative. The words of one supporter in particular are rolling through…

Raising minimum wage good for Main Street business

  The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce supported the last increase in the federal minimum wage on July 2009 and we believe another raise is overdue. The business owners I talk with every day say that, far from hurting their businesses, raising the minimum wage in fact helps small businesses and the broader economy. The…

Linking past to present

In 1942, the quick and effective response of the U.S. military seemed almost miraculous in light of the beating it had taken at Pearl Harbor. Defeating Japan depended on an abundant supply of oil for the U.S. ships and gasoline for its planes. Ramping up for war in the vast expanse of the Pacific required…

Hoary Alyssum scourge is here

By Jane Lambert, Stevensville   This letter is several weeks late, as the Hoary Alyssum is now in full flower, full of seeds, and should have been pulled or sprayed long before this. Everyone who drives from Stevensville to Highway 93, drives by a burgeoning crop of Hoary Alyssum, which is flourishing along the walk/bike…

  Wednesday, August 8   BPL preschool story time Preschoolers are invited to meet in the children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library on Wednesday, August 8 to enjoy “Cowboy Roundup!” with storyteller Dominic Farrenkopf. Story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and is designed for children 3-5 years of age. All story times are free…

  Clubs and Groups   Hamilton Senior Center activities Monday – 11:45 lunch, bingo on 1st & 3rd weeks, pinochle on 2nd week, 7 p.m. Tuesday – cloggers at 3 p.m., line dancing 6-7:30 p.m., country dance lessons 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday – 11:45 lunch, bridge at 1 p.m., cloggers at 5 p.m., country dance lessons…