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Daily Archives: 4:47 pm

Commissioners set to slash road department

  By Michael Howell Unless something changes before the county budget for FY 2014 is adopted, the Ravalli County Commissioners are going to cut the Road Department to the bone. What could change things is if the federal government decides to re-authorize the Secure Rural Schools Act. The county depends upon SRS funding for much…

Bitterroot Resort proposal gets another initial screening

  By Michael Howell The development of a ski resort area on the flanks of Carlton Ridge near Lolo Peak is back on the table as the U.S. Forest Service recently accepted a new application with a revised plan for initial screening from ski area promoter Tom Maclay. This is Maclay’s third proposal for a…

Hamilton adopts tentative budget

  By Michael Howell The City of Hamilton is looking at a tentative budget for the coming fiscal year that includes spending $9.8 million with projected revenues set at $8.3 million. The one and a half million dollar shortfall will be made up from cash on hand. According to City Finance Officer Craig Shepherd, the…

Highway median plan modified after public input

  The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) conducted an informational meeting to discuss the proposal to cap the median islands on U.S. 93 between Lolo and Hamilton on Wednesday, June 26. MDT has completed the process regarding the current conditions and future maintenance of the median islands and intends to modify the proposed project and…

Stevi awards $2.3 million contract on Phase III of water project

  By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council awarded a $2.3 million contract for Phase III of the Town’s Water Project to L.S. Jensen Construction & Ready Mix out of Missoula at the regular council meeting on Thursday, July 11. The company was the only one to bid on the project. Donnie Ramer of Professional…

Appreciation for NVPL board chair

  I want to congratulate Dr. Joanne Charbonneau on her newly elected position as Chair of the Board of Trustees at North Valley Library. I work with Joanne as a volunteer every Wednesday at Pantry Partners Food Bank and know her commitment and enthusiasm for serving the community. She has a big heart, compassion and…

Head in the sand?

  If Mike Mercer is going to write a snarky letter (July 10th) accusing me of spreading disinformation about climate change and not doing “my homework” before speaking out, one might expect that he would hold himself to the same standard. He didn’t. Instead Mercer merely picked a climate consensus study from 2009 and pointed…

Thanks to Main Street Association

  We wanted to write and tell the Stevensville Main Street Association how much we enjoyed Heritage Days. We had planned to visit our friends in Hamilton and they sent us the insert about Western Heritage Days. The four of us thoroughly enjoyed everything. We could scarcely believe they served a free hamburger lunch! Also,…

Foregone conclusion

  The many, many Bitterroot residents who expressed their concerns over the impact the Legacy development will have on surrounding communities, the Teller Wildlife Refuge and the remaining heritage of the valley with which we are entrusted, need to cut the County Commissioners some ‘slack’. After all, they did expend over 27 exhausting hours mitigating…

You’re dismissed!

  Citizens of Ravalli County, you have been dismissed. Last week, despite overwhelming and substantive opposition from the public to the thirty-year construction zone in a formerly-rural corner of our valley adjacent to the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, the Ravalli County Commissioners unanimously approved Legacy Ranch Subdivision. That’s right. A handful of Ravalli County…