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Darby Town employees file human rights complaint

By Michael Howell In a letter dated February 10, attorney Ellie Hill Smith informed the Town of Darby that she has been retained by former Town Clerk and Treasurer Nancy McKinney, Town Marshall Larry Rose and Deputy Marshall John Ringer “regarding the unlawful employment discrimination and subsequent retaliation, specifically by your current Mayor JC McDowell.”…

Freezing, thawing, flooding – a winter to remember

By Michael Howell The extended periods of extreme cold temperatures and heavy snow followed by thawing conditions have created a plethora of problems throughout the valley. Starting a couple of weeks ago, several homes in Stevensville were left without water when the feeder lines extending from the main water line to the homes froze up….

Salvaging the remains of the Roaring Lion Fire

By Michael Howell The Bitterroot National Forest is moving forward with a hazard tree removal and fire salvage project within the Roaring Lion drainage southwest of Hamilton. About 8,700 acres on both Forest Service and private land burned in the Roaring Lion Fire this past summer. The Forest Service had already approved a 2,300-acre Westside…

Scientists investigate alternative to antibiotic treatment

By Michael Howell Scientists at Rocky Mountain Laboratory (RML) in Hamilton, a division of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), working with colleagues from New Jersey Medical School-Rutgers University, are making headway in their investigation of an anti-body based treatment for at least one kind of bacterial infection that has developed a…

Sheriff issues emergency proclamation over flooding

Ravalli County Commissioners issued an emergency proclamation Friday morning due to continuing flooding issues in Ravalli County.  The most significant areas at this time are east of Corvallis on Willow Creek Road and on the west side near Dutch Hill and Middle Bear Creek Roads.  Motorists should avoid those areas and choose alternate routes until…

Public lands rally held at state capitol

Last week, Governor Steve Bullock joined over 1,000 Montanans in sending a message to the Legislature and Washington D.C. that public lands belong to everyone, Montanans and Americans alike. The crowd included Montana sportsmen and women, conservationists, and outdoor recreation and tourism business owners. “It’s time we send a message that proposals to transfer our…

Potential county Transportation Alternative projects considered

By Michael Howell On February 2, the Ravalli County Commissioners approved sending at least one grant application in for funding from the state’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). The county has been receiving a set amount of funding annually in past years under the Community Transportation Enhancement Program (CTEP). Under the CTEP funding each county received…

County approves CDBG planning grant contract with reservations

By Michael Howell After balking over questions of liability, the Ravalli County Commissioners unanimously approved a grant contract for an engineering estimate of the cost of extending water and sewer services to the Targeted Economic Development District that includes the Ravalli County Airport. Commissioner Ray Hawk said, initially, that he would not be voting to…

Spooner hired as Public Health Director

With only two applicants under consideration for the vacant position of Public Health Nurse Director, the Ravalli County Commissioners decided last week to award the contract to current Public Health Nurse Angie Spooner. Commissioner Jeff Burrows said that, in his opinion, both applicants rated fairly well in terms of the basic qualifications, however, Spooner stood…

Meadow Vapor project analysis, draft decision released

Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King has completed the environmental analysis for the Meadow Vapor fuels reduction and watershed improvement project. The analysis and draft Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact (DN/FONSI) are available for public review and objection. The project proposes thinning approximately 3,200 acres of overstocked National Forest lands east of…