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Driver licensing office could leave Stevensville

By Michael Howell According to Western Regional Manager Terry Davis, the state Division of Motor Vehicles is considering relocating it driver licensing office in Ravalli County. The DMV licensing office is currently located at 102 Main Street in Stevensville. “The current space is too small,” said Davis. “It’s too crowded and they are just out…

Stevi town council appoints Dewey, Floyd to fill vacancies

At its December 15 meeting, the Stevensville Town Council approved the appointment of Brandon Dewey to serve as Interim Finance Officer until a new finance officer can be appointed. Dewey will be compensated for the interim position at the former Finance Officer’s probationary wage of $21 per hour until an official replacement can be selected….

Montana to march in solidarity with national women’s march

A grassroots movement is taking place across the State of Montana brought about by the recent political election cycle. Organizers statewide are forming local groups to unite and march in Helena, on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. A national march in Washington DC, the Women’s March on Washington, is slated…

County looking for natural resource collaborators

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners are looking to form a collaborative group, representative of most of the valley’s different interests, who can work together on issues, primarily concerning natural resources, to provide meaningful comment to controlling agencies, whether state or federal, which are implementing water or land use projects in the county. The…

County says no to race track at fairgrounds

By Michael Howell Three Ravalli County Commissioners put the nails in the coffin last week on a proposal to install a motor sports race track at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds. The idea has been contentious since it was first proposed and drew some stiff resistance from people living in the area. No one from the…

FWP hosts Stevi River Park tour

Park Board holds more discussions on proposed land swap By Michael Howell Officials from Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks hosted a tour last Saturday of the fishing access area at the Stevensville bridge and of Stevensville River Park. Adjoining land owner Roy Capp and FWP have presented a proposal for a land swap…

Hamilton boasts ‘Little Free Library’

By Daphne Jackson The Bitterroot Public Library is going outside the library to reach the Hamilton community in new ways. As part of its centennial celebration, the library recently started a Little Free Library at the entrance to River Park. Library Director Mark Wetherington said some of the staff suggested the Bitterroot Library could start…

Tour of Stevi river park area scheduled

A tour has been scheduled at Stevensville River Park and the fishing access site at the Stevensville river bridge for the public to view the areas being considered in a proposed land swap between local ranch owner Roy Capp and the Town of Stevensville. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is hosting the tour of the…

Potential purchase of parkland and Armory building headed for public vote

By Michael Howell The City of Hamilton is considering purchasing the land that includes Claudia Driscoll Park and the old National Guard Armory building and associated parking lot on the west side of town. An application for a $2 million InterCap Loan has already been made, but acceptance of the application does not obligate the…

DEQ drops appeal of Grantsdale Addition wastewater discharge permit invalidation

By Michael Howell The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has dropped its appeal of a District Court decision issued on June 28, 2016 in which Lewis and Clark County District Court Judge Kathy Seeley sided in favor of Bitterrooters for Planning, the Bitterroot River Protection Association and the Montana Environmental Education Center and invalidated the…