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Planning Board recommends approval of Legacy Ranch subdivision

  By Michael Howell At a meeting held on April 17 and continued on the 18th, the Ravalli County Planning Board decided, on a 5-2 vote, to recommend to the Board of County Commissioners approval of the Legacy Ranch Subdivision, a 647-unit development proposed along the Eastside Highway north of Stevensville. Having received public input…

Daly Hospital ranked in top 100 in nation

  By Michael Howell Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital was recently ranked in the top 100 critical access hospitals in the nation. Small and rural hospitals play a critical role in providing efficient and effective health care that is on par with other larger suburban and urban counterparts, according to iVantage Health Analytics, the company that…

Emergency dispatchers honored

  By Michael Howell Last week was National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. It is a time set aside to celebrate the service of our nation’s Public Safety Telecommunicators, known in ordinary parlance as Emergency Dispatchers. Dispatchers are sometimes referred to as “the first first-responders” because they are usually the first to be contacted in any…

County objects to federal acquisition of tribal land

  By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners decided last week to register their objection to the proposed acquisition of 58 acres of land by the federal government, called the Medicine Tree Property, located south of Darby. The land is currently owned by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) who purchased it in 1998….

Obituary – Cora M. Cochran

  Stevensville – Cora M. (Allen) Cochran at the age of 98 went to join the Lord on Saturday, April 20, 2013. She was born April 2, 1915 in Salysville, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Arby and Betty (Salyers) Allen. Cora’s mother passed when she was an infant and she was raised in Grand…

Obituary – Jerome H. Johnson

  Victor – Jerome H. “Jerry” Johnson, 73 years of age, of Victor, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. We tried to keep him but he could not stay. Jerome was born January 19, 1940 to Howard and Anne (Stark) Johnson in Minneapolis, MN. He attended school in Minneapolis…

Obituary – Raffik Kalamian Walsh

  Raffik Kalamian Walsh, 13, died April 17 at his home in Hamilton in the arms of his parents, Miriam (Mimi) Kalamian and Peter Walsh. He was born in Armavir, Armenia and moved to Montana when he was two years old. He is also survived by his grandmother, Mary Kalamian, of Waterford, CT as well…

Unfair utility practices

  On Saturday, April 14th, the power up Skalkaho and Grantsdale was out for about half an hour. I’m with Ravalli Electric Co-op who gets their power from NorthWestern Energy. NorthWestern went down, so the coop went down, so 3000 customers had no power for half an hour. When my power came on there was…

Legacy Ranch a looming disaster

  The Legacy Ranch subdivision, which has no public support, is an environmental and legal disaster waiting to happen. Behind it is some fishy politics that compel us to follow the money. The environmental catastrophe posed by plunking down an entire town adjacent to Ravalli County’s twin jewels – the Bitterroot River and the Lee…

Open space idea unrealistic

  Recently I have noticed heavy coverage in local news about the Flatiron residential planning and most recently the Legacy Ranch residential development. In 1979 when my wife and I built our retirement home on Blodgett Creek, as immigrants from California we obtained Montana tags for our vehicles as soon as possible. Driving with California…