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Stevensville Town Council opposes ‘big box’ development

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council approved a proclamation at its November 13 meeting in opposition to the construction of large-scale retail facilities in Ravalli County. Although the proclamation has no legally binding effect on development outside the town limits, council members felt it was important to make a public statement in opposition to…

Stevensville examines Stevensville executive compensation

By Michael Howell Stevensville’s Executive Compensation Committee met for the first time last week and began its examination of the mayor’s job duties and the appropriate compensation for the work. The committee is composed of six members including councilors Tim Hunter and Jim Crews, as well as Bob Summers, Raymond Smith, Bill Anderson and Eddie…

County applies for state airport grants

By Michael Howell One thing to emerge from the Environmental Assessment (EA) process that is currently being conducted in relation to proposed improvements at the Ravalli County Airport is the need to conduct an air quality analysis. According to airport engineer Rick Donaldson of Robert Peccia and Associates, the number of public comments concerning air…

Landmark Hamilton business changes hands

By Michael Howell The Signal Grill, on Main Street in downtown Hamilton, has a new owner, Terry Marasco. The Signal dates back to 1898 and is the oldest eating and drinking establishment continuously operating in Montana. The Signal Grill was originally known as the “Hamilton Restaurant” which had a “cathouse” upstairs, and a happenin’ card…

‘Big Box’ store meeting draws a crowd

By Michael Howell The community meeting room at Hamilton City Hall was packed last week with citizens concerned about the proposed development of a large retail store on Blood Lane and Highway 93 south of town. The proposed development came to light when the Department of Environmental Equality (DEQ) made public a wastewater discharge permit…

Parking a hot topic in Hamilton

By Michael Howell Parking in downtown Hamilton has suddenly become a hot topic of discussion since the City’s new traffic enforcement officer has been making the rounds. City Councilor Al Mitchell, who owns a business on Main Street, called the parking situation downtown “a point of contention. It’s ugly down there, and I am sitting…

Impressive stats at Stevi HS

Reducing the drop-out rate at Stevensville Schools has been a top priority for high school principal, Brian Gum. According to the most recently released figures from the Montana Office of Public Instruction, Stevensville’s drop-out rate has decreased from 5.7% to 1.6% since 2010. Even more impressive is the graduation rate, which has increased from 77.8%…

Commissioners concerned over EPA rule change

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners have approved a written submission on behalf of the county on a proposed federal rule change under the Clean Water Act and a Resolution Opposing Expansion of Federal Control under the Clean Water Act. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) are considering…

Changes coming for Three Mile irrigation system

By Michael Howell The Bitter Root Irrigation District (BRID) has scheduled a public meeting on Tuesday, November 11, at 6:30 p.m., to discuss the future of the Three Mile Project Gravity Pipeline System. BRID was the sponsor for the NRCS loan that funded the construction of the gravity feed sprinkler system back in 1986. The…

Town Pump’s fundraising goal for food banks: $3 million

The Town Pump Charitable Foundation hopes to raise over $3 million in its 13th annual fundraising campaign for food banks across Montana, including Haven House in Hamilton, Pantry Partners in Stevensville and Darby Bread Box. A record 73 food banks are participating in the statewide “Be A Friend in Deed, Helping Those In Need” campaign…