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Whitetail harvest up, mule deer, elk on par with last year

The big game hunting season closed on Sunday with elk and mule deer harvest on par with last season, and white-tailed deer harvest solidly higher at all three hunter check stations in west-central Montana. The Bonner Check Station is Montana Fish, Wildlife & Park’s bellwether for whitetail harvest in Region 2, where the season total…

DEQ approves wastewater discharge permit for large retail store

By Michael Howell The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has approved a wastewater discharge permit for a proposed large Retail Store to be located on Blood Lane and Highway 93 south of Hamilton. The permit application was received last June and the agency held a public meeting and a public hearing in Hamilton to take…

Senator visits Florence School

By Michael Howell By Michael Howell Montana Senator Jon Tester paid a visit last week to Jackie McCann’s first grade class at Florence-Carlton School. He stopped in to read a book to the students, including students from Rochelle Bloomquist’s fourth grade class. The book, “Postcards from Washington D.C.: Traveling with Anna,” is a series of…

County updated on effects of property value reappraisals

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners heard from state officials last week about what to expect from the recent reappraisal of property values for tax purposes. After experiencing decades of rising property values in the state and in Ravalli County, some property owners are expecting a little tax relief following the most recent reappraisal…

Stevensville Town Council opposes ‘big box’ development

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council approved a proclamation at its November 13 meeting in opposition to the construction of large-scale retail facilities in Ravalli County. Although the proclamation has no legally binding effect on development outside the town limits, council members felt it was important to make a public statement in opposition to…

Stevensville examines Stevensville executive compensation

By Michael Howell Stevensville’s Executive Compensation Committee met for the first time last week and began its examination of the mayor’s job duties and the appropriate compensation for the work. The committee is composed of six members including councilors Tim Hunter and Jim Crews, as well as Bob Summers, Raymond Smith, Bill Anderson and Eddie…

County applies for state airport grants

By Michael Howell One thing to emerge from the Environmental Assessment (EA) process that is currently being conducted in relation to proposed improvements at the Ravalli County Airport is the need to conduct an air quality analysis. According to airport engineer Rick Donaldson of Robert Peccia and Associates, the number of public comments concerning air…

Landmark Hamilton business changes hands

By Michael Howell The Signal Grill, on Main Street in downtown Hamilton, has a new owner, Terry Marasco. The Signal dates back to 1898 and is the oldest eating and drinking establishment continuously operating in Montana. The Signal Grill was originally known as the “Hamilton Restaurant” which had a “cathouse” upstairs, and a happenin’ card…

‘Big Box’ store meeting draws a crowd

By Michael Howell The community meeting room at Hamilton City Hall was packed last week with citizens concerned about the proposed development of a large retail store on Blood Lane and Highway 93 south of town. The proposed development came to light when the Department of Environmental Equality (DEQ) made public a wastewater discharge permit…

Parking a hot topic in Hamilton

By Michael Howell Parking in downtown Hamilton has suddenly become a hot topic of discussion since the City’s new traffic enforcement officer has been making the rounds. City Councilor Al Mitchell, who owns a business on Main Street, called the parking situation downtown “a point of contention. It’s ugly down there, and I am sitting…