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Stevi change in water rights perplexing

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville has a water right change application pending with the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation involving an exchange of some surface water rights up the Burnt Fork to mitigate the impacts of new ground water rights at the new well-field located next to Twin Creeks Subdivision. At the…

Stamey disciplinary documents released

By Michael Howell The Montana Supreme Court issued a ruling last week confirming a July 18, 2014 District Court order which found that Valerie Addis (former Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey’s maiden name) did not have a right to privacy concerning six documents held in her personnel file at the Missoula County Public School District…

FWP releases wolf count, livestock depredations decline

Montana’s verified wolf population declined by 73, 12 percent, last year while livestock depredations by wolves continued to decline, dropping about 46 percent from 2013. The minimum number of wolves counted by FWP at the end of 2014 was 554 compared to a minimum of 627 wolves counted at the end of 2013, according to…

Cell tower proposed next to River Park

By Michael Howell The Hamilton School Board has submitted a request for a conditional use permit to allow the installation of a 65-foot-tall cell phone tower at Haynes Field next to the City’s River Park. It would be located on school property in the southeast corner of Haynes Field near the largest quonset building. The…

Stevi to host bicycle tourism forum

The Stevensville Bicycle Camp Committee (SBCC) will host a Bicycle Tourism Forum on Tuesday afternoon, April 14. The Town Council, local business owners, and interested supporters are all invited. Come and learn from experts how best to welcome touring world cyclists, who will soon be arriving from across Montana, the U.S., and the greater international…

Star’s own Jean Schurman named Volunteer of the Year

Longtime Bitterroot Star employee Jean Schurman has been selected as Volunteer of the Year by the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce. Jean’s face is ubiquitous around the valley as she performs her duties as sports editor and advertising consultant for the Star, but also in the many groups and committees she serves on in her…

County road department contract a done deal

By Michael Howell A negotiated contract between the Laborers’ International Union Local #1686 and the Ravalli County Road and Bridge Department was approved by the Ravalli County Commissioners last week. The negotiations were deadlocked for over a year and a half as former Commissioner Ron Stoltz bargained on behalf of the county. The newly adopted…

Non-profit ’roundup’ aims to improve local services

By Michael Howell Last week an astonishing number of people representing various non-profit groups and public agencies showed up for a meeting designed to enhance communication and awareness among themselves. Often the people who fall into one safety net have needs that outstrip a particular agency or group’s focus and specialty and they would be…

Hamilton school district asks for parking variance for college

By Michael Howell Hamilton School District Superintendent Tom Korst came to the last Committee of the Whole meeting to ask the Hamilton City Council to consider granting a variance to the city code requirements concerning the number of parking spaces required at the old Westview school building that the district has agreed to lease to…

Man drowns in Bitterroot River

According to a press release from the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office, on Wednesday, March 25, at approximately 12:35 p.m., the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office, Ravalli County Search and Rescue, Victor Volunteer Fire Department, and Stevensville Volunteer Fire Department, along with Emergency Medical Services from Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, responded to an emergency on the Bitterroot…