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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Bitterroot Valley Eagle Project drawing a crowd

By Michael Howell  The Bitterroot Valley Eagle Project is drawing a lot of interest from the local raptors. They are attracted by the dead carcasses that have been placed at various stations around the valley and don’t seem to mind all the cameras. But it’s the overwhelming interest in the eagles being shown by the…

Mill levy for Veterans Service Center to go on the ballot

By Michael Howell At a meeting on January 25, the Ravalli County Commissioners approved placing a 2-mill levy for the Valley Veterans Service Center (VVSC) on the June ballot. Back in 2010, 67% of Ravalli County voters approved a 1 mill levy for the VVSC. That levy amounted to a tax of $2.70 on a…

County to add sanitarian

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners approved a request from Environmental Health Department Director John Palacio to advertise for two new Sanitarians. This will result in a total of four full time Sanitarians in the office which also supports an Administrative Assistant position. One of the new hires would be a replacement for the…

Habitat for Humanity – Another house becomes a home

By Michael Howell Last Friday, Habitat for Humanity of Ravalli County hosted an open house celebration at the recently constructed home of the Ballas family in Stevensville. Christopher and Sharayah Ballas and their children, 5-year-old Kara and 2-year-old Alanna, are as excited as can be about the purchase of their new home. According to Christopher,…

Continuing the fight for Montana

By U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Montana   At the start of the New Year many Montanans make New Year’s resolutions. Maybe it’s to spend time with family, put more money into savings, or enjoy our world-class public lands a little more. As your Senator, my resolution is to continue to bring your input back from…

Multiple use

  ‘Multiple use’ as pertaining to public lands is a term used incorrectly by almost everyone, including people representing conservation organizations. Multiple use by statute, is stated as “a sustained yield of outdoor recreation, range, timber, watershed, wildlife and fish,” with no use being above another. You don’t “release” land such as a wilderness study…

Our 2018 wildfire season 

  What’s this? January and rain, rain, rain. Dogs and cats mousing bare spots in the field. Few mice in the house, until trapped. Kind of normal for late February into March. So off I go to National Weather Service, scroll down to Climatic Outlook, under Forecasts, where there are simple maps suggesting above average…

Trump hurting, not helping, solar industry

  I own a small business that sells solar power and pumping systems. With great dismay I note that President Trump has put a 30% tariff on imported solar modules. This is the result of two ‘American’ companies (one headquartered in Germany and one in China) claiming that cheaper imports have hurt their bottom line….

Tester in trouble

  I, for one, care deeply about what I see Tester NOT doing for me as my Senator. He was one of 18 Democrat Senators who voted against re-opening the government – all in an effort to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants and the only Red-State Democrat who voted to keep the government shut down….

Montana’s Report Card

  Montana’s public education ranks 38th among the states with an overall grade of C-. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) tracks what state policies have succeeded or failed and annually issues a State Educational Report Card, including the following: • State Academic Standards (how students that meet state standards also meet National Assessment of…