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Monthly Archives: July 2013

‘What’s in the checkbook?’ Town of Stevensville’s financial report

By Gene Mim Mack, Mayor of Stevensville   You may have seen the notice from the State of Montana (posted in a recent issue of the Bitterroot Star) which referenced the due date for the Town of Stevensville’s audit. This notice is required to be posted by State law and it only tells part of…

More Burnt Fork land ‘preserved in perpetuity’

  By Michael Howell   Last Thursday, July 25, the Ravalli County Commissioners approved a $150,000 contribution from the Open Lands Bond Program to help fund the placement of a conservation easement on a 244-acre hay farm up the Burnt Fork east of Stevensville. The easement assures that the land will remain in agriculture providing…

Voters to decide fate of Florence Sewer District

  By Michael Howell   The Florence County Water and Sewer District has no facilities, provides no services, holds no existing contracts, has no existing debt, and, if the voters approve, may soon cease to exist. That’s the plan, according to Matt Brainard, president of the District’s board. The County Commissioners have agreed to place…

Stevensville issues water system revenue bond

By Michael Howell   The Stevensville Town Council agreed unanimously at its Thursday, July 25 meeting to issue a Water System Revenue Bond in the amount of $2.173 million. The bond is payable over 39 years at 2.75% interest. The entire cost of the Water System Improvement Project is a little under $4.7 million. The…

MONTANA TWENTY-FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, RAVALLI COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF THOMAS J. MATTISON, Deceased.     Case No.: DP-13-50 Department No. 1 NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the above-named estate.  All persons having claims against the decedent are required to present…

Wednesday, July 31 Book discussion What can the past teach us for the present and the future? Come examine and discuss “Small Town Renaissance: The Story of the Montana Study” on Wednesday, July 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Darby Community Public Library meeting room. Register for the book discussion and reserve a…

‘Ordway’s Cove’ – Did Lewis & Clark camp here?

By Michael Howell   If you are attempting to walk in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery as they traveled west through what is now Montana and Idaho, when you come to the confluence of Moose Creek and the North Fork of the Salmon River you have a choice to…

Union snubbed in county Road Department lay-offs

  By Michael Howell At a budget meeting on Tuesday, July 9, the Ravalli County Commissioners decided to eliminate five driver/operator positions and two secretarial positions in the Road Department. They plan on creating a new job description for an administrative assistant position for which the current two office staff members who are being laid…

Hamilton to make offer on site for new Justice Center

    By Michael Howell The City of Hamilton is looking to purchase some property at the corner of Foxfield and Skeels as the future site of a planned Justice Center that would house the Police Department, the City Court and the City Attorney’s office. The Council was split over the issue and Mayor Jerry…

Wildfire update

Afternoon winds, hot temperatures, and single-digit humidity pushed the lightning-caused Gold Pan Fire burning in the remote Frank Church wilderness in Idaho to 200 acres on Sunday. The fire is located 35 air miles southwest of Darby, west of the Selway River and Magruder Ranger Station near Kim Creek Saddle. It’s burning on the West…