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Bass Creek Recreation Area closed to trapping

Bass Creek Recreation Area, northwest of Stevensville, has been designated a “trap free” area. Participants in the designation process that were on hand for the posting of the sign last Friday include (left to right) Montana FWP Region 2 Wildlife Manager Mike Thompson, Recreation Resource Assistant for the USFS Gary Richtmyer, MTA member Bob Sheppard, FWP Information and Education Program Manager Vivaca Crowser, MTA member Guy Kempthorne, MTA District 2 Director Toby Walrath, MTA member Dennis Schutz, Terri Norcross and her dog Keb, and Stevensville District Ranger Dan Ritter.

  By Michael Howell A conversation instigated by a woman who loves to walk her dog in the woods has, after months of consideration by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials, U.S. Forest Service officials and members of the Montana Trappers Association, culminated in the closing of the 1,600-acre Bass Creek Recreation Area to trapping….

Commissioners adopt new public participation resolution

  By Michael Howell The County Commissioners rescinded the county’s Public Participation Resolution and adopted a new one last week. The previous resolution was adopted in January 2004. A meeting was held in October and two in November at which the Commissioners discussed potential changes. The new Resolution Providing for Public Participation, Meeting and Open…

Water Right Compact meeting draws a crowd

Chris Tweeten, Chairman of the Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission, explained the process and the potential impacts of the proposed agreement with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to a packed room at the County Administration Building in Hamilton last Thursday, November 29.

  By Michael Howell The Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission has reached agreement between the federal and state governments and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes over water right claims associated with the Hellgate Treaty of 1855. The Compact Commission is holding meetings across Western Montana and held one in Hamilton last Thursday to…

Message: Graduation really does matter

The eight empty chairs at the center of last week’s “I Pledge to Graduate” assembly at Stevensville School symbolizes the Stevensville students who dropped out this year. The average drop-out rate in the state is 7%. Stevensville has reduced its drop-out rate from 5.7% to 2.3% over the last two years and hopes to do even better.

By Michael Howell In an effort to cut down on the number of students dropping out of the public school system, State Superintendent of Public Schools Denise Juneau put together the first ever Superintendent’s Student Advisory Board in her effort to include student ideas and voices in state level policies. What Juneau heard from the…

Open Letter to County Commissioners

We greatly appreciate the fact that the Board of County Commissioners took the time and made the effort, while codifying its Public Participation Resolution, to address Judge Langton’s order in a recent lawsuit in which the Board was ordered to “create, adopt and publish guidelines for determining whether an issue is ‘of significant interest to…

Next round

  My very recent “Opinion” letter exchange with Jerry Haslip in the Star begs an important distinction. I am not writing about Socialism vs. Capitalism or Republican vs. Democrat. I am very concerned about the drift the nation is taking due to the preoccupation of the Republican leadership bumbling around trying to find new leadership…

Warning about trapping dangers

  Trappng is in full swing in Montana. Be aware – traps can be anywhere on Montana’s public lands. Recreational trapping season runs from September, 2012, through May, 2013, in Montana. Tens of thousands of steel-jawed and snare traps are hidden on public lands. This season will be more dangerous than ever due to a…

Truth about federal spending

  Under Obama, federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since Dwight Eisenhower brought the Korean War to an end in the 1950s. Even hapless Herbert Hoover managed to increase spending more than Obama has. Over Obama’s four budget years, federal spending is on track to rise from $3.52 trillion to $3.58 trillion, an…

MONTANA TWENTY-FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, RAVALLI COUNTY In the Matter of the Name Change of Tamara Theresa Bilinovich, Tamara Theresa Bilinovich, Petitioner Cause No. DV-12-518/3 Dept. No. 1 NOTICE OF HEARING ON NAME CHANGE This is notice that Petitioner has asked the District Court for a change of name from Tamara Theresa Bilinovich to Tamara…

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