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Star wins public notice lawsuit against county commissioners

County violated the law in its $675,000 settlement decision By Michael Howell District Court Judge Jeffrey Langton ruled in favor of the Bitterroot Star last week in the newspaper’s lawsuit against the Ravalli County Commissioners over their decision to settle a lawsuit against Big Sky Development Inc. for $675,000. Langton found that the commissioners violated…

Hamilton raises utility rates

By Michael Howell The Hamilton City Council approved a 1.6% hike in water and sewer rates last week. The raise was based on the current Consumer Price Index (CPI) and is meant to help keep up with the cost of inflation in operating the sewer and water systems. The 1.6% increase will apply to the…

Stevi considers FFA ag site

By Michael Howell Two Stevensville High School students, Casey Cook and Austin Potton, have taken on the task of establishing a Stevensville FFA Ag Center to be built on the school district grounds as their senior projects. The idea is to build a facility that could house up to 50 animals on 4.48 acres of…

International land managers visit Bitterroot conservancy site

By Russ Lawrence Land managers from 16 countries made a stop in the Bitterroot Valley on Wednesday, July 15, to learn how voluntary conservation easements are enhancing a community’s values. The visitors were participants in a Forest Service program, the International Seminar on Protected Area Management (ISPAM). The seminar is designed to stimulate deliberations and…

Bitterroot original – Big Sky Mudflaps celebrate 40 years

By Russ Lawrence The Big Sky Mudflaps, one of Montana’s best-known musical ensembles, will celebrate their fortieth anniversary of music-making with a pair of concerts in their erstwhile hometown, on Friday, July 24, and Sunday, August 16 [see below]. The band coalesced in Hamilton in 1975, and whimsically chose the name that Paul Stanton suggested,…

County pursues TEDD in airport area

By Michael Howell Ravalli County is doggedly pursuing the establishment of a Targeted Economic Development District (TEDD) in and around the Ravalli County Airport. A draft resolution has been prepared declaring the airport property and contiguous property owned by Harold Mildenberger and another couple parcels owned by the Bitterroot Stock Farm “an infrastructure deficient area…and…

Open house planned for Westside Collaborative Project

The Bitterroot National Forest is inviting the public to an open house tonight to discuss and solicit input on the Westside Collaborative Vegetation Management Project located in the Bitterroot Mountains southwest of Hamilton. The project proposes thinning approximately 2,500 acres of overstocked National Forest System lands between Lost Horse Creek and Roaring Lion Creek. Objectives…

County adopts preliminary budget

By Michael Howell The County Commissioners have adopted a preliminary budget for Fiscal Year 2016 with general fund expenditures projected at $4,878.686; a total aggregate levy of $15,391,671; and a road levy of $3,051,859 (see accompanying chart). The entire budget can be viewed on the county’s web page at www.ravalli.us. This year’s general fund budget…

Money pours in, helpers still needed, for playground build

By Michael Howell The thermometer tracking the fundraising efforts for the construction of Bear Mountain Playground at Lewis and Clark Park in Stevensville has been steadily climbing. According to organizer Renee Endicott, with a few verbal commitments added in, the fundraising efforts are within $30,000 of the goal of $195,000 to cover the costs. Actual…

Additional correction

In the July 8 story on objections to the BNF Travel Plan, it was incorrectly reported that “They complained explicitly about the archery season and suggested that it be closed on the first of September instead of October 15.” As Co-chairman of Montana Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Greg Munther knows this statement to be in…