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Daily Archives: 2:23 pm

Commissioners change story on closed meeting

By Michael Howell Ravalli County Commissioner J.R Iman apologized to the Bitterroot Star last Thursday for telling the newspaper, on four separate occasions, that attorney Terance Perry, who represented Big Sky Development in its recently settled lawsuit against the county, participated in a closed door discussion of the settlement agreement with the commissioners. The Bitterroot…

USDA Rural Development delivers $2.75 million to Stevensville

  Anthony Preite, Montana Director of USDA Rural Development delivered a check for $2,755,000 to the Town of Stevensville for improvements to the town’s wastewater treatment system last week. “This is your federal tax dollars coming back,” said Preite. He said the total funds represent a combination of grant and loans at a grant/loan ratio…

Hearing on Stevensville Airport Affected Area regs rescheduled

  By Michael Howell A public hearing to gather public comment on proposed changes to the Stevensville Airport Affected Area (AAA) regulations was rescheduled when too many people showed up to be accommodated in the process at Stevensville Town Hall last Thursday night. The public hearing has been rescheduled to take place on June 25…

Klaphake appointed as Stevi Town Judge

  By Michael Howell Stevensville Town Council member Ron Klaphake’s appointment by Mayor Gene Mim Mack to replace outgoing Town Judge Marty Birkeneder was unanimously confirmed by the Town Council last week. Klaphake was one of seven applicants for the job and one of the six to be interviewed for the position. At last month’s…

County forest RAC announces projects

The Ravalli County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) has approved 12 projects for funding. All of the projects will benefit National Forest System lands and ecosystems in Ravalli County. The committee allocated a total of nearly $200,000 in project funding. The committee reviewed 17 proposals. The funding will support a wide diversity of projects in the…

Myrtle Nelson Miller and Lewis Franklin Miller

Lewis “Lew” Miller passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2000 in Missoula after 62 years of marriage. Myrtle “Myrt” Miller passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in Billings. Lew was born in Stevensville, MT on April 20, 1913 and Myrt was born in Stanley, ND on October 30, 1918. They were married in 1937…

Mildred ‘Mickey’ Frissell

  Mildred E. “Mickey” Frissell, age 74, of Stevensville, passed away on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. She was born April 8, 1940 in Hopkins, Minnesota. Mickey is now survived by her husband Sidney of Stevensville; son Christopher and daughter-in-law Dale Hannon of Polson, MT; daughter Heidi Zielinski and son…

Voters send resounding message

  The recent primary election results in Ravalli county sends a clear and strong message, which is simply, “Do The Right Thing.” There is plenty of hindsight speculation about crossover votes, who voted, who are democrats, who are republicans.  Was the election stolen?  Is it unfair to be an open primary?  That’s fun stuff for…

U.S. won’t benefit from Keystone pipeline

  Recently politicians and special interest groups have been running TV ads advocating construction of the Keystone pipeline. The usual claims are that we need it for energy independence and jobs. Neither claim is true. The Keystone pipeline is planned to move foreign oil to the U.S. Gulf Coast, where it will be refined and…

Mill Creek Canyon travesty

  My wife and I love living in the Bitterroot. Back in 1996 we were at the north end of a 3000 mile, self-contained mountain bike trip along the Continental Divide, and had seen oodles of beautiful country. But from the moment we dropped down from Gibbons Pass into Sula, laid our eyes upon the…