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Klaphake appointed as Stevi Town Judge

  By Michael Howell Stevensville Town Council member Ron Klaphake’s appointment by Mayor Gene Mim Mack to replace outgoing Town Judge Marty Birkeneder was unanimously confirmed by the Town Council last week. Klaphake was one of seven applicants for the job and one of the six to be interviewed for the position. At last month’s…

County forest RAC announces projects

The Ravalli County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) has approved 12 projects for funding. All of the projects will benefit National Forest System lands and ecosystems in Ravalli County. The committee allocated a total of nearly $200,000 in project funding. The committee reviewed 17 proposals. The funding will support a wide diversity of projects in the…

Star sues county over $675k settlement

By Michael Howell The Bitterroot Star filed suit in District Court last Friday asking the Court to set aside the decision made by the County Commissioners on May 12, to settle a lawsuit filed against them by Big Sky Development after meeting in a closed session with the developer’s attorney. The newspaper claims that by…

Hamilton man arrested for threatening to shoot students

  By Michael Howell Adam Michael Chambers, an 18 year old student at Hamilton High School, was arrested last week for allegedly threatening to take his father’s automatic rifle to the high school graduation ceremony and shoot students. According to Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman, a 911 call was made alleging that Chambers had made…

Reward increased for tips on wolf poached in Burnt Fork

  Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials continue to seek tips on the wolf that was shot and killed in the Burnt Fork area of the Bitterroot Valley. The two year old male wolf was collared in Oregon in 2013 and had made its way through Idaho and the Big Hole Valley prior…

Audubon sponsors sage surveys in the Bitterroot

By Michael Howell The Bitterroot Audubon Society and the Five Valley Audubon Society joined up to sponsor a citizen scientist survey of sage lands in the Bitterroot Valley at the end of May. The aim was to train a cadre of citizen scientists to identify various birds commonly associated with sagebrush habitat and then send…

Commissioners approve levy to pay for lawsuit settlement

  By Michael Howell Last week the Ravalli County Commissioners decided to pass a levy to pay for the settlement of a lawsuit with Big Sky Development, LLC for $675,000. According to Commission Chairman Greg Chilcott, the decision was made because there was not enough money in the Reserve Fund to pay for it. The…

County seeks to quash Treasurer’s subpoena

  By Michael Howell Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey filed a lawsuit against auditor James Woy and the auditing firm Anderson Zurmuehlen, P.C. last February, over a statement included in Woy’s preliminary report to the County Attorney about the status of the Treasurer’s office. Woy wrote: “At this point it is apparent the duties of…

Sheriff’s Office warns of flooding potential, river access sites closed

  Recent precipitation and warmer temperatures, coupled with well above average snowpack, has prompted Ravalli County emergency service offices to issue an advisory to Ravalli County residents that they can expect flood conditions. Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman, in conjunction with Ravalli County Office of Emergency Management Director Erik Hoover, is advising citizens anticipating flooding…

Agreement reached over river closure

  By Michael Howell In conference chambers just prior to a hearing in District Court last week, former County Attorney George Corn and Missoula attorney Jack Conners reached an agreement with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks that sets a deadline of July 7 for lifting the river closure placed on a portion…