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Citizen initiative amended to allow zoning for TEDD

By Michael Howell The County Commissioners approved a resolution last Friday that amends the voter approved Citizen Initiative passed in 2012 requiring that any County initiated Growth Policy, Zoning District or Regulation go on the ballot and be approved by a majority of the qualified voters before going into effect. The amended resolution now allows…

Salary cuts not on the table for Economic Development Authority

By Michael Howell In anticipation of a budget crunch related to the loss of a major tenant at the Ravalli Entrepreneurship Center, Ravalli County Economic Development Authority (RCEDA) Director Julie Foster and Economic Development Specialist John Schneeberger put together a plan to reduce expenses by cutting back on travel, janitorial services, special projects development, eliminating…

DEQ sued over Blood Lane ‘big box’ permit

Bitterrooters for Planning has been joined by the Bitterroot River Protection Association in a lawsuit against the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, alleging that DEQ failed to adequately analyze impacts of an unknown and unidentified facility proposed in Hamilton, and denied the public the right to offer meaningful comment on the project. The unidentified facility,…

Michael Hoyt: Media for the Mountains

By Russ Lawrence It appears, from the outside, like a well-coordinated, vertically-integrated business, playing to its owner’s strengths, and rooted in his passions. That looks like a sure recipe for business success, and potential profit. In this case, however, the owner has only a passing interest in financial profit. Instead, Michael Hoyt thinks in terms…

County Government Study Commission wants to hear from public

By Michael Howell On June 3, 2014, the voters of Ravalli County approved the establishment and funding (not to exceed $36,500) of a Local Government Study Commission (LGSC) consisting of five members. On November 4, 2014, out of 19 candidates, the voters elected Alan Thompson, Scott Boulanger, George Corn, Sharon Schroeder, and Marilee Shockley to…

Safeway and Albertsons to remain open in Hamilton

By Russ Lawrence When Safeway and Albertsons announced their intention to merge last year, it left many in Hamilton wondering what effect that would have on the local grocery store landscape. That question was resolved last Friday, January 30, when the newly-merged entity, now owned by Albertson’s LLC and New Albertson’s, Inc., and controlled by…

Stevi approves location for skate park

By Michael Howell A proposal to build a skate park in Stevensville got a major boost at the Stevensville Town Council meeting on January 22, when the council voted unanimously to approve locating the proposed facility at Lewis and Clark Park. Raymond Smith, Chair of the town’s Park and Recreation Advisory Board and Co-Chair of…

Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital cuts the ribbon on new ICU

By Michael Howell Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital CEO John Bartos and Chief of Medical Staff Dr. Jennifer Feighner cut the ribbon last week at the grand opening of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital’s new state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit. It all began with a bake sale held by the nurses working in the old ICU. The other…

MPG Ranch – a long term experiment in restoration

By Michael Howell For over a hundred years, a large ranch at the north end of the valley was in the hands of the Schroeder family and run as a cattle and sheep operation. The Schroeder family homesteaded the area in 1881 when Montana was a territory of the U.S. and much of the Bitterroot…

Stevi playground project gets huge boost from businesses

The Living Centre and Discovery Care Centre are now the official “dream builders” for the development of Lewis and Clark Park in Stevensville. Bill Watkins, owner of both facilities, has offered to match all funds raised, up to $100,000, in the current fund drive for Bear Mountain Playground. The Living Centre and Discovery Care Centre,…