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Commissioners object to FS Meadow Vapor project

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners agreed last week to send a letter expressing their objections to some road decommissioning proposals included in the Bitterroot National Forest’s Meadow Vapor Project. The project area covers approximately 8,400 acres surrounding the communities of Springer Memorial and Bonanza, east of Sula on the Darby/Sula Ranger District. Drainages…

County, road department union reach contract agreement

By Michael Howell After some long lasting negotiations, the Ravalli County Commissioners and representatives of the Laborer’s International Union Local #1686 which represents the county’s Road Department, have finally come to a tentative agreement for a two-year contract covering 2016 and 2017. The agreement calls for a 1% cost of living increase for 2016 retroactively…

Darby community tackles good problem

By Michael Howell Figuring out ways to spend millions of dollars in discretionary money is a problem most schools and communities would like to have. And that’s just what is happening in Darby. The Darby School District hosted its second annual Lorentzen Community Forum last week. It is an unusual event in which community members…

Flavorful to open second location

Flavorful, the popular Stevensville burrito restaurant, is expanding into Missoula. Starting on April 7, the Flavorful company is launching its second location, inside AT&T’s call center. AT&T is number 10 on the Fortune 500 company list, a leading global communications company and one of Missoula’s largest employers, with 500 employees. According to Augusto “Gus” Daza…

Victor Park getting restroom facility

By Michael Howell Last Wednesday, March 16, the Ravalli County Commissioners decided to chip in a couple thousand dollars towards the installation of a restroom facility in Victor Park. Following the recommendation of the Ravalli County Park Board, the commissioners approved the expenditure of $2,000 from the Park Board funds to add the finishing touches…

Town, FWP examine options for Stevensville Fishing Access Site

By Michael Howell Officials from Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Town of Stevensville, along with some members of the public, toured a few potential fishing access sites last week that could possibly be developed to replace the current fishing access site at the Stevensville bridge. Land owner Roy Capp, who owns the rocky river…

Advisory committee revises recommendation on river use

By Michael Howell The sixteen-member Bitterroot River Recreational Advisory committee met for the last time on Monday, March 6 to fine tune the recommended alternative they have fashioned for controlling recreational use on the West Fork and upper Bitteroot River. The preferred alternative being recommended by the group at this point does not involve issuing…

Settlement agreement reached on westside management project

Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King has announced that a settlement agreement has been reached on the Westside Collaborative Vegetation Management Project. The agreement allows the forest to move forward on plans to thin over 2,300 acres of overstocked National Forest System (NFS) lands southwest of Hamilton. “We are pleased to announce today’s settlement that…

Stevensville council to change meeting day

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council voted 3 to 1 to change the night on which the Council meets from Thursday to Monday evenings. The change was made at the request of Fire Chief Jeff Motley to enable him to host fire training meetings at the fire hall on Thursday evenings. He said due…

Our downtowns… vanishing into ‘the cloud’?

By Michael Howell Small town downtowns have become a thing of the past in many areas of the country where they succumbed to a pattern of traffic-oriented strip mall development along the roads going into and out of the communities. The highly successful 35-year old Main Street America program (http://www.mainstreet.org/) was developed to help these…