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Impressive stats at Stevi HS

Reducing the drop-out rate at Stevensville Schools has been a top priority for high school principal, Brian Gum. According to the most recently released figures from the Montana Office of Public Instruction, Stevensville’s drop-out rate has decreased from 5.7% to 1.6% since 2010. Even more impressive is the graduation rate, which has increased from 77.8%…

Commissioners concerned over EPA rule change

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners have approved a written submission on behalf of the county on a proposed federal rule change under the Clean Water Act and a Resolution Opposing Expansion of Federal Control under the Clean Water Act. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) are considering…

Changes coming for Three Mile irrigation system

By Michael Howell The Bitter Root Irrigation District (BRID) has scheduled a public meeting on Tuesday, November 11, at 6:30 p.m., to discuss the future of the Three Mile Project Gravity Pipeline System. BRID was the sponsor for the NRCS loan that funded the construction of the gravity feed sprinkler system back in 1986. The…

Town Pump’s fundraising goal for food banks: $3 million

The Town Pump Charitable Foundation hopes to raise over $3 million in its 13th annual fundraising campaign for food banks across Montana, including Haven House in Hamilton, Pantry Partners in Stevensville and Darby Bread Box. A record 73 food banks are participating in the statewide “Be A Friend in Deed, Helping Those In Need” campaign…

County Commissioners establish Veterans Service Officer position

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Board of Commissioners has established a new position at the county, the County Veterans Service Officer. The move was made in response to a situation that developed at the local Veteran’s Affairs Center when the person handling VA cases for the Center was removed from his position. It turned…

City of Hamilton proclaims opposition to ‘big box’ stores

By Michael Howell The Hamilton City Council took a stand in support of their downtown businesses and against Big Box store development last week, approving a proclamation that opposes the construction of large-scale retail facilities in the Hamilton Trade Area. That trade area is defined in the City’s Hamilton Downtown Master Plan as including the…

Commissioners to comment on EPA rule change

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners are composing a written comment on a proposed rule change under the federal Clean Water Act. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are considering a rule change that, according to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, clarifies the act in ways “called for by the Supreme…

Stevi changes weekend curfew hours

By Michael Howell Juveniles in Stevensville will have to get off the streets a little earlier on the weekends now. The Town Council amended the current curfew ordinance that allows juveniles to be out on the streets and other public places to get them home a little sooner. The existing curfew hour on the weekends…

Judge orders closure of exempt well ‘loophole’ in water rights law

By Michael Howell On Friday, October 17, the Montana District Court for Lewis and Clark County ordered Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) to close a loophole in the state’s water right permit rules that developers and other large water users were using to avoid the permitting process when drilling thousands of water…

Hamilton woman circulating petition against ‘big box’ stores

By Michael Howell An application for a wastewater discharge permit for a large retail store to be located at Highway 93 and Blood Lane south of Hamilton has stirred a groundswell of protest over what many speculate will be a Walmart development. Hamilton resident Clover Quinn hopes to put a crimp in any such development…