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Daily Archives: 2:30 pm

Stevi weapons ordinance hearing draws a crowd

  By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council passed a new weapons ordinance on first reading a few weeks ago. A public hearing held last Thursday, April 25, however, drew a roomful of people, almost all of whom expressed concern that the new ordinance was too restrictive and urged the Council to reconsider it. At…

County settles with Morado Mountain Estates for $300k

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners decided unanimously at a meeting last week to pay out $300,000 to Morado Mountain Estates LLC as part of a settlement agreement over a lawsuit claiming that the county improperly denied the subdivision request made in 2007. The lawsuit was filed in 2008 by both the Big Sky…

Habitat for Humanity breaks ground for Stevi family’s home

  By Michael Howell Belia Velasco-Coombes and her children Tejal and Desan grabbed shovels and, with the help of Habitat for Humanity Director Mike Kibler and Stevensville Mayor Gene Mim Mack, broke ground on their new home site at 105 Mission Street in Stevensville. Habitat for Humanity of Ravalli County is a non-profit organization that…

Thank you, now let’s get to work

By U.S. Senator Max Baucus Serving you is the greatest privilege of my life. Over the past 40 years, I’ve had one goal: make life better for the people of this state. You don’t become longest serving Senator in Montana without a lot of help from a lot of people. I am grateful for the…

Main Street Association thanks Town of Stevensville

  On behalf of the board and membership of the Stevensville Main Street Association, I would like to extend to the Mayor and Town Council a hearty “Thank You!” for their leadership and participation in Stevensville’s streetscape improvement project. The streetscape improvements we undertook last summer have made our Main Street a safer and more…

Re: Legacy Ranch

  According to the April 24 edition of the Bitterroot Star, the Ravalli County Planning Board gave its approval for a 509-lot Legacy Ranch subdivision in Stevensville, Montana. All one can say is, “Shame on them.” What were they thinking? There is not one person impacted by this monstrosity who is for it. The public…

Shame on planning board

Shame on the Ravalli County Planning Board (RCPB) for its recommendation of a conditional approval for the Legacy Ranch Subdivision on 4/18/13. The board approved it in spite of several public meetings where more than 150 local residents spoke in opposition to the subdivision. The RCPB should change their name to the Ravalli County Real…

Freedom and the Legacy Ranch

The early colonists in this country fought hard against taxation without representation. They gave their lives to be free of Great Britain’s tyranny. It seems to me that the public in Ravalli County has fought to stop the Legacy Ranch from destroying the Stevensville and Refuge areas, asking for their “representatives” to listen, represent, and…

Brain-damaged approval?

  Regarding Legacy Ranch Subdivision, I would like to sincerely thank the two Planning Board members who wisely voted against approval. Robert Myers and especially Howard Eldredge showed great wisdom by voting against this abomination. How does pointing lights downward help with light pollution and impact on wildlife? Lights are lights and they have a…

Report from Helena – End of Session

  Did we spend too much, or, not enough? The answer of course is in one’s perspective. In the end it turned out that this session had three groups of legislators. Two groups are feeling that they didn’t get their way nearly enough on the spending bills, the liberals and the conservatives, because the outcome…