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Ravalli Electric Cooperative to build new headquarters

  The Ravalli Electric Co-op, located in Corvallis, is feeling growing pains and, hemmed in as its headquarters is by surrounding school property, there was not much choice but to look elsewhere for room to expand and modernize their operation, according to company officials. “Since 1980 our membership has doubled and continues to grow. We…

County to consider buying local

By Michael Howell After hearing from a few Hamilton downtown business owners who had taken the time and gone to the expense to look into one small part of the county’s purchasing practices, the Ravalli County Commissioners appear ready to consider a change in policy that could benefit local businesses and the community and in…

Hamilton bond passes

By Michael Howell The citizens of Hamilton have approved a $1.35 million bond for the purchase of 5.9 acres of land along 10th Street that contains Claudia Driscoll Park and the old National Guard Armory Building. According to Special Projects Director Dennis Stranger, $1.2 million goes to the purchase of the land and Armory building,…

Stevensville town council notes

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville’s Finance Officer Roxanne Wagner gave the Town Council an update on the annual financial report. She said that the FY 2014-15 audit report could not be completed due to a cash reconciliation issue. “We need to figure out the cash and do a prior period adjustment for 2014,…

USDA requires Stevensville to increase school lunch price

The Stevensville School District will be increasing meal prices for all regular priced meals by .25 cents for the 2017-18 school year. The increase is required by the USDA to align with pricing guideline requirements for schools participating in the federal free and reduced meal program. Federal regulations require that the average meal price for…

Treasurer’s office being remodeled

By Michael Howell If you have ever waited your turn in the long, narrow, dark, basement-floor hallway leading to the Treasurer’s Office in the Ravalli County Administration building, you’ll be glad to hear that things are changing…dramatically. Walls are coming out, the floor is being leveled, windows and cabinets are going in, and work stations…

Another Habitat for Humanity home going up in Stevi

By Michael Howell Ground was broken last Sunday in the Twin Creeks subdivision for a Habitat for Humanity home to be built in the Twin Creeks subdivision in Stevensville. It is the second Habitat for Humanity home to be built in the subdivision, the fourth to be built in Stevensville and the tenth to be…

Commissioners object to FS Meadow Vapor project

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners agreed last week to send a letter expressing their objections to some road decommissioning proposals included in the Bitterroot National Forest’s Meadow Vapor Project. The project area covers approximately 8,400 acres surrounding the communities of Springer Memorial and Bonanza, east of Sula on the Darby/Sula Ranger District. Drainages…

County, road department union reach contract agreement

By Michael Howell After some long lasting negotiations, the Ravalli County Commissioners and representatives of the Laborer’s International Union Local #1686 which represents the county’s Road Department, have finally come to a tentative agreement for a two-year contract covering 2016 and 2017. The agreement calls for a 1% cost of living increase for 2016 retroactively…

Darby community tackles good problem

By Michael Howell Figuring out ways to spend millions of dollars in discretionary money is a problem most schools and communities would like to have. And that’s just what is happening in Darby. The Darby School District hosted its second annual Lorentzen Community Forum last week. It is an unusual event in which community members…