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Final comments due on Ravalli County Airport EA

  Only five members of the public showed up at the public hearing held last Wednesday evening to take public comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment of proposed improvements to the Ravalli County Airport. According to the draft EA, work on an Airport Layout Plan and Master Plan was begun in 1996 but never completed….

Commissioners change story on closed meeting

By Michael Howell Ravalli County Commissioner J.R Iman apologized to the Bitterroot Star last Thursday for telling the newspaper, on four separate occasions, that attorney Terance Perry, who represented Big Sky Development in its recently settled lawsuit against the county, participated in a closed door discussion of the settlement agreement with the commissioners. The Bitterroot…

USDA Rural Development delivers $2.75 million to Stevensville

  Anthony Preite, Montana Director of USDA Rural Development delivered a check for $2,755,000 to the Town of Stevensville for improvements to the town’s wastewater treatment system last week. “This is your federal tax dollars coming back,” said Preite. He said the total funds represent a combination of grant and loans at a grant/loan ratio…

Hearing on Stevensville Airport Affected Area regs rescheduled

  By Michael Howell A public hearing to gather public comment on proposed changes to the Stevensville Airport Affected Area (AAA) regulations was rescheduled when too many people showed up to be accommodated in the process at Stevensville Town Hall last Thursday night. The public hearing has been rescheduled to take place on June 25…

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…