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Hamilton’s urban forest management plan nears completion

By Michael Howell The City of Hamilton’s Urban Forest Management Plan is nearing completion. ISA-certified Master Arborist Sylvia McNeill has been conducting a survey of the city’s trees and circulating a survey to get public input on the plan. She expects to have a complete management plan ready to submit to City officials by the…

County miffed over lack of standing to object to BNF travel plan

By Michael Howell Last Tuesday, the Ravalli County Commissioners met to consider filing an objection to the recently released Record of Decision (ROD) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Bitterroot National Forest Travel Plan. Instead, they voted simply to send a letter to BNF Supervisor Julie King reminding her that the County’s Natural…

County applies for USDA grant

By Michael Howell Last week the County Commissioners agreed to be the sponsoring agent in a grant application to USDA to help fund a feasibility study that would examine the potential for constructing and operating a food processing center at the Ravalli County Entrepreneurship building where the Ravalli County Economic Development Authority is located on…

Stevensville addresses health care cost increase

By Michael Howell Despite some misunderstanding prompted by a letter to the editor in the local newspaper, the Stevensville Town Council did not consider passing a permissive levy to pay for increased costs in employee health insurance. The issue was not on the agenda and the council did not address the issue at the meeting….

MAPS Media Institute offers first summer program

By Michael Howell After proving to be a highly successful after school program for students over the last eleven years operating from September to May, MAPS Media Institute is now expanding its operations through the summer. MAPS founder and Director Peter Rosten said the change was made primarily due to student demand. “They were asking,…

Veterans get deserved recognition

By Michael Howell World War II veterans Lt. Colonel Charles Zadra, of Missoula, Colonel Edward Sperry, of Stevensville, Corporal Richard Nelson, of Stevensville, and Lt. J. G. Raymond Gonzalez, of Stevensville each received several medals related to their military service at a ceremony held in Lewis and Clark Park last Saturday. Medals were awarded posthumously…

State Supreme Court upholds sanctions against local attorney

By Michael Howell The Montana Supreme Court last week upheld a decision by District Court Judge Jeffrey Langton to level sanctions against attorney Robert C. Myers for submitting unsupported legal and factual allegations and filings made for an improper use. Myers was ordered to pay $10,000 as a sanction for the violation. The original case…

Something stinks in north Hamilton area

By Michael Howell Something smells so bad, on occasion, in the north Hamilton area around Tammany Square and the surrounding area, that property owners and businesses located there have brought the matter up to the Hamilton City Council. In a letter signed by several of them they state that the odor smells like sewer fumes…

Supreme Court upholds decision against Robaks

By Michael Howell The Montana Supreme Court earlier this month upheld a decision by Ravalli County District Court Judge Jim Haynes in a September 15, 2014 order in which he dismissed a complaint filed by Tom and Charlotte Robak against Ravalli County and also affirmed the District Court’s ruling of July 17, 2014 in which…

Venerable landscaping business changes hands

By Russ Lawrence The business was named Montana’s “Small Business of the Year” in 2000, but the founders were a product of the 60’s, beneficiaries of a spirit that said, “we can do our own thing.” That’s according to Gus Johnson, who is now a former co-owner of the venerable Earth & Wood, a Bitterroot…