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RSVP to showcase new location, new directions at open house

By Russ Lawrence The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) for Ravalli County has moved to new quarters on Hamilton’s Main Street, and they’ll be hosting an open house on Monday, August 24, to showcase their new location, and to introduce their new Director, Colleen Murphy Southwick. The occasion will also be a chance to…

Stevensville mayor resigns

Stevensville Mayor Gene Mim Mack has tendered his resignation from office effective October 1, 2015. Mim Mack said that setting an effective date of October 1, it would give the Town Council six weeks to administer a smooth transition, giving them ample time to advertise, interview and appoint the best candidate to fulfill the remainder…

Commissioners take steps to establish TED district

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners took a giant step forward last week in their attempts to establish a Targeted Economic Development District that would include the airport land owned by the county and land belonging to the Bitter Root Stock Farm and Harold Mildenberger. On Wednesday, August 5 they took the pre-requisite steps…

Subpoenas in closed primary case create stir

By Michael Howell Last Friday Bozeman attorney and candidate for a seat in the legislature Mathew Monforton who is spearheading the lawsuit trying to establish a Closed Republican Primary in the state told the Bitterroot Star that he had conducted about ten depositions in the case and that the discovery phase was about to wrap…

Judge overturns approval of Legacy Ranch subdivision

By Michael Howell District Judge James Haynes issued an Opinion and Order last Friday reversing and voiding the August 14, 2013 decision by Ravalli County Commissioners in which they approved the preliminary plat for Legacy Ranch subdivision, the largest subdivision ever approved in the county. Haynes found in favor of Bitterrooters for Planning (BfP), a…

Cidery has roots in valley history

By Russ Lawrence Pamela Kaye has, in her own words, “a history of taking old buildings and making them into something.” A case in point is Hamilton’s brand-new cider-sippin’ site, Backroad Cidery, located at 98 Marcus Street. Kaye has poured her heart – and a significant investment – into Hamilton’s former railroad depot, to create…

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Playhouse has initiated a Capital Fund Campaign to raise over $125,000 for building improvements. The improvements to the 80-year-old building include structural upgrades, asbestos removal, and both heating and electrical improvements. According to Stevensville Playhouse Board President Susan McCauley, the building improvements are part of the theater’s efforts to respond…

Forest Service collaborates on urban interface project

By Michael Howell In an effort to involve the public and the County Commissioners at the earliest stage possible in the development of a project proposal called the Westside Collaborative Vegetative Management Project, the Forest Service has held an open house meeting and discussed it at a meeting with the County Commissioners for input. In…

Forest Service conducting forest-wide roads analysis

By Michael Howell The Bitterroot National Forest is conducting a forest wide analysis of its road infrastructure. The aim, according to Regional Transportation Group Leader Fred Bower, is to meet the requirements of a Forest Service Road Rule adopted in 2001 which mandated that each forest look at its road infrastructure and identify those roads…

UM researchers awarded $500k to study brain injuries

Two University of Montana researchers were among six final winners nationally to receive $500,000 from the Head Health Challenge I, an up-to-$10 million program sponsored by General Electric Co. and the National Football League. UM Research Assistant Professors Tom Rau of Hamilton and Sarj Patel of Missoula, whose work aims to speed diagnosis and improve…