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Bitterrooters for Planning awarded $70,000 in legal fees in Legacy case

By Michael Howell On Wednesday morning, May 4, the Ravalli County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a $70,000 settlement agreement for legal fees incurred by Bitterrooters for Planning in its successful challenge of the Commissioners’ approval of the Legacy Ranch subdivision.  The District Court overturned the approval and awarded legal fees to BfP. The county…

No Eastside bikepath this time around, says MDT

By Michael Howell   Officials from the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) were in Stevensville last week to discuss the proposed improvements to the Eastside Highway beginning just south of the traffic circle at Eight Mile Road and proceeding south almost to Stevensville. The meeting was held at the request of Paul Hayes who is…

District judge candidate charged with professional misconduct

Attorney Robert Myers, Hamilton, speaking at a recent meeting of the North Valley Pachyderm Club. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell Robert Myers, local attorney and candidate for Ravalli County District Court Judge for District 21, has been charged with professional misconduct. The state Commission on Practice granted leave to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel to file the charges on April 13 and Deputy Disciplinary Counsel Jon Moog filed the charges with the…

Earth Day focus: recycling

Ravalli County Recycling (RCR) board members and volunteers showed up on Earth Day to clean up the yard at the non-profit recycling center located on Highway 93 just north of Hamilton. Michael Howell photo.

By Michael Howell Ravalli County Recycling (RCR) board members and volunteers showed up on Earth Day to clean up the yard at the non-profit recycling center located on Highway 93 just north of Hamilton. “Times are hard for recyclers,” said RCR President Pam Small. She said that a severely depressed market for recyclables has recently…

Public discusses north Eastside Highway improvement concerns

By Michael Howell Bitterrooters for Planning (BfP) held a public meeting to discuss the highway improvement project planned for the Eastside Highway from Eight Mile Road to Stevensville last week. The meeting was held at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge and included a panel consisting of Tom Reed, Refuge Manager, Don Burgess, Florence resident and…

Town looking for judge and mayor

By Michael Howell   Following Mayor Paul Ludington’s resignation last week, Council President Jim Crews is serving as acting mayor. Crews presided over a special meeting called on April 21, at which the three remaining council members, following the recommendations of Town Attorney Brian West, put the application process in motion to select a new…

Next 50-Mile Garage Sale to build on success of first

“Hotspots” like the Creamery Antique Mall in Stevensville provide an added benefit of bringing hundreds of potential shoppers to local businesses during the Bitterroot 50 Mile Garage Sale.

Following a very successful first attempt at a valley-long Bitterroot “garage sale,” the Second Annual Bitterroot Valley 50 Mile Garage Sale has been scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25. Last year a small group of Bitterroot Valley antique dealers brainstormed the idea of having a 50-mile-long garage sale. Focusing on the Bitterroot…

Hospital to open rural health clinic in Darby

John Bartos, CEO of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, gave the Darby Town Council an update last week about the hospital’s plans to open a Rural Health Clinic in Darby. According to Bartos, the hospital is leasing and renovating a building on the north end of town and plans to open a primary care clinic in…

Stevensville mayor resigns

Stevensville Mayor Paul Ludington submitted his resignation last Friday, to be effective at the end of the business day on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. The letter of resignation states: “It is with a heavy heart and a good bit of sympathy for the employees of the Town of Stevensville that I must submit my resignation…

Stevi mayor and council at impasse over town judge

By Michael Howell At its Thursday, April 14 meeting, the Stevensville Town Council rejected for the third time a request from Mayor Paul Ludington to appoint Chee Burnsides as Municipal Court Judge for the Town of Stevensville. The motion to appoint Burnsides was voted down on a 3-0 vote with Councilors Stacie Barker, Robin Holcomb…