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Daily Archives: 10:19 pm

New alternative chosen for county airport improvements

  Commissioners prefer airport runway extension By Michael Howell Last Friday, October 19, the Ravalli County Commissioners chose a new option for the future development of the county airport that will involve extending the runway to 5,200 feet in length. Possible extension of the runway has been controversial since the issue was initially broached in…

Ravalli County Fair rodeo wins big

Great crowds and great cowboys make a great rodeo. The Ravalli County Fair and Rodeo was recognized by the Northern Rodeo Association for having the best rodeo of 2012 last week. Jean Schurman photo.

  By Jean Schurman A determined effort to make the Ravalli County Fair’s rodeo the best in the state paid off last week when the Northern Rodeo Association awarded the rodeo the best in the association. With 33 rodeos each summer, the association has a wide selection to choose from. The selection is made by…

RC&D to celebrate national anniversary with benefit gala

  The National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (NARC&DC) began its kickoff of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of service to America with a proclamation by USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack. His proclamation commenced a year-long series of events highlighting the contributions of hundreds of volunteer-run RC&D Councils across the United States. The unique nature…

Habitat for Humanity to offer low-cost home repairs

  Habitat for Humanity of Ravalli County will begin doing home improvements in partnership with qualified, low-income homeowners. The new program called A Brush with Kindness is aimed at providing minor exterior home improvements such as painting, minor repairs, and clean-up to low-income homeowners in need. Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness has a…

Hunting season starts strong

  Region 2 Big Game Opener Check Station Chart   Montana’s big game rifle season opened Saturday, and although slightly fewer hunters headed to the field in west-central Montana than in recent years, those that went out met with success rates above last year and the five-year average. “In many west-central Montana hunting districts, a…

Open Letter to the Ravalli County Commissioners re: Signs

By Sarah Roubik, Corvallis; Andy Roubik, Covallis; Marina Weatherly, Stevensville; Amy Monteith, Corvallis   In regard to the October 15th sign ordinance meeting: Thank you for listening to your Ravalli County constituents and canceling the proposed sign ordinance.  The ordinance would have been disastrous and backwards for Ravalli County, which was made clear by the…

What’s it all about?

  Republicans and Democrats Are fighting toe to toe, Discussing things on video And contending, yes or no.   I’m not sure of what they really mean And it kinda gets my goat, But I’m a true American And, by gosh, I’ll cast my vote!   “Montana Frank” Wright Hamilton

Thanks for nothing!

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan ripped the solar panels off the White House, setting the stage for 26-plus years of Republicans obstructing progress on climate change. Today, the Bitterroot Valley set yet another record for consecutive days without rain. While no single event is a confirmation of climate change, when added to the huge number…

Support for Burrows

  The Ravalli County Park Board is technically bankrupt! The Park Board owes about $270,000 with $200,000 in the bank. With an income of about $3,000/year and expenses of approximately $30,000/year. How did they get here? In 2008 with the real estate boom well in progress, they decided to purchase a piece of property on…

What’s with this Ravalli County Natural Resources Policy?

  There is rising interest in the Ravalli County Commissioners’ Natural Resources Policy (NRP).  It’s been mentioned at candidate forums and has received some press coverage.  Its originators have even requested that all candidates running for county office “pledge” to support the “NRP” even though it is still in draft form and has yet to…