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Daily Archives: 11:28 pm

Proposed county sign ordinance flops

Opponents of the proposed new county sign ordinance displayed a makeshift sign in front of the County Administration building lawn (above) on Monday demonstrating the actual size of the signs that would be allowed along the county’s secondary road system if the ordinance was approved. Even larger signs would have been allowed along Highway 93. A demonstration showing the size of the proposed signs was also held on the Eastside Hwy (left) between Hamilton and Corvallis. At a county commissioners’ meeting on Monday, the motion to pass the ordinance on second reading died for lack of a second.

By Michael Howell The new sign ordinance proposed by the County Commissioners and approved unanimously on first reading two weeks ago went down like a mega-billboard in a hurricane last Monday in the face of overwhelming public opposition. The new ordinance would have increased the allowable size of signage along Highway 93 to 672 square…

Secure Rural Schools funding approved for one more year

  By Michael Howell About 76% of Ravalli County’s land base is comprised of national forest lands. Since 1908, the Forest Service has shared with states 25 percent of gross receipts from national forests to benefit public schools and public roads in the counties in which the forests are situated. The receipts are derived from…

Some Stevi speed limits lowered to 20 mph

  By Michael Howell Following a public hearing last Thursday, October 11, the Stevensville Town Council passed an amended ordinance lowering the speed limits on Chilcott, Smith, Barbara, Valley View, Turner and Heritage Streets from 25 mph to 20 mph. All streets in the town have a 25 mph speed limit unless otherwise posted. Lowering…

Making the Bitterroot a SAFE place

2012 Courage Award recipient Earlene Ward, through tears and laughter, told her own story of the devastating toll that emotional and verbal abuse can take on a person’s sense of self-worth.

By Michael Howell October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is a time to acknowledge the grim reality that instances of domestic violence and abuse continue to occur in our community. But it is also a time to recognize the individuals, organizations and government agencies that work together on a daily basis to help the…

Re: County ‘Natural Resource Policy

By Dave Smith, candidate for Ravalli County Commissioner, District 2 There seems to be a lot of misconception about the draft Natural Resource Policy currently under review by the County Commission. I have been asked as a candidate for the Commission what my opinion is of this process, and I’d like to state my views…

Forest Service must coordinate with local government

  Coordination is a mandate set forth by Congress to insure that local interests and concerns are taken into account before federal actions are implemented. Coordination is a powerful tool that can be used to protect private property rights, productive uses of land, and local economies from burdensome federal regulations. Coordination works because most federal…

Thank You, Mr. Eric Anderson

Upon Dave Ohnstad’s departure as Supervisor of the Ravalli Road and Bridge Department, the position was split into two positions by the Ravalli County Board of Commissioners (BOC). One position created was for an Administrator, the other was for an Operations Manager. The Administrator position was filled by Eric Anderson. The Operations Manager position remained…

Teaching tolerance always a good idea

The Southern Poverty Law Center founded in 1971 is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry. Some of the issues of social injustice on which they focus include children at risk and teaching tolerance. I believe one of the greatest needs in our world at the moment is tolerance. Tolerance for…

Jennifer B. Lint Boatwright Law Office, P.C. 1091 S. First Street Hamilton, MT  59840 (406) 375-1385 Attorney for Personal Representative MONTANA TWENTY-FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, RAVALLI COUNTY IN RE THE ESTATE OF PAUL KEVIN KRAATZ, Deceased. Case No.: DP-12-70 Department No. 2 NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed…

Sales/Auctions Fall Bazaar & Luncheon, Saturday, October 20, 9am – 2pm, United Methodist Women, Stevensville United Methodist Church, 216 College Street in Stevensville, 777-5443. Breakfast of homemade cinnamon rolls & coffee; Lunch of homemade soups, pie, rolls, drinks; Crafts: seasonal handmade perfect for gifts. Treasures & collectibles, baked goods, books & media, Silent Auction. EPISCOPAL…