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Hamilton study commission considers governance options

By Michael Howell In the 2014 primary election, the voters for the City of Hamilton voted in favor of establishing a local study commission. Melvin Monson, Lynette Helgeland, and Robert Smaus were elected to serve on the commission in the 2014 general election. Dennis Stranger, City Planner/Special Projects Director, was appointed as the ex-officio and…

Hamilton mayor proclaims ‘Independents’ Week

By Michael Howell Hamilton Mayor Jerry Steele issued a proclamation last week declaring the week of July 1st through the 7th “Independents Week,” a week dedicated to celebrating all the locally owned businesses that are integral to the unique flavor of the city making it “the place we want to live and work.” The proclamation…

MAPS students win top awards

By Michael Howell Two young students at MAPS Media Institute in Hamilton have the unusual distinction of tying for first place with themselves in the 2015 Northwest Regional High School Student Awards for Excellence from the National Academy of Television Arts and Science. The awards were presented in Seattle on June 6. The students, Caleb…

Judge hears arguments in Legacy Ranch case

By Russ Lawrence District Court Judge James A. Haynes challenged attorneys on both sides of the Legacy Ranch subdivision issue in a hearing last Thursday, June 11, but Alan McCormick, representing Ravalli County, took much of the heat. “Judge Haynes is always well-prepared, and always asks great questions,” said McCormick after the hearing. Legacy Ranch…

Legacy Ranch lawsuit hearing scheduled

Bitterrooters for Planning will present its legal argument in district court this week challenging Ravalli County’s decision to approve the largest residential subdivision in the county’s history. Bitterrooters for Planning has sued Ravalli County Commissioners over the county’s approval of the Legacy Ranch subdivision, a 639-home development adjacent to the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge…

Bozeman businessman touts telecommuting as key to economic development in Montana

By Michael Howell Bozeman businessman Greg Gianforte was in Hamilton last week as part of a statewide tour promoting his economic development efforts aimed at bringing young college graduates who have found high paying jobs elsewhere in the country and the world back to Montana. The plan is not to create a high paying job…

Hamilton’s urban forest management plan nears completion

By Michael Howell The City of Hamilton’s Urban Forest Management Plan is nearing completion. ISA-certified Master Arborist Sylvia McNeill has been conducting a survey of the city’s trees and circulating a survey to get public input on the plan. She expects to have a complete management plan ready to submit to City officials by the…

County miffed over lack of standing to object to BNF travel plan

By Michael Howell Last Tuesday, the Ravalli County Commissioners met to consider filing an objection to the recently released Record of Decision (ROD) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Bitterroot National Forest Travel Plan. Instead, they voted simply to send a letter to BNF Supervisor Julie King reminding her that the County’s Natural…

County applies for USDA grant

By Michael Howell Last week the County Commissioners agreed to be the sponsoring agent in a grant application to USDA to help fund a feasibility study that would examine the potential for constructing and operating a food processing center at the Ravalli County Entrepreneurship building where the Ravalli County Economic Development Authority is located on…

Stevensville addresses health care cost increase

By Michael Howell Despite some misunderstanding prompted by a letter to the editor in the local newspaper, the Stevensville Town Council did not consider passing a permissive levy to pay for increased costs in employee health insurance. The issue was not on the agenda and the council did not address the issue at the meeting….