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Exit Realty honors top teens

Exit Realty Bitterroot Valley recently recognized its November Youth in Action award recipient. Sadie Mauk was presented with a certificate and a check for $50. “We always seem to hear about the negative activities teens are up to,” said Max Coleman, broker/owner of Exit Realty Bitterroot Valley. “There are so many teens who are doing…

Friends of the Metcalf Refuge honored by Bitter Root Land Trust

By Michael Howell After being banned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from making any direct contributions of money or labor to the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, the non-profit organization Friends of the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge looked for ways to spend their time, energy and money that could still benefit the…

County and state agree on maintenance of highway amenities

By Michael Howell After five years of haggling over who is responsible for maintaining the amenities that were installed when Highway 93 was expanded to four lanes, the County and the Montana Department of Transportation have finally arrived at a potential Memorandum of Understanding that would describe the various responsibilities. The County Commissioners approved a…

Hamilton Council considers possible remodel of city hall

By Michael Howell The Hamilton City Council decided last week to enlist the services of Bechtle Architects for $20,000 to evaluate the possibility of renovating the existing city hall building to house a new Law and Justice Center. The council has been considering construction of a Law and Justice Center for some time and discussing…

Stevensville invests reserve funds

By Michael Howell At its December 10 meeting the Stevensville Town Council decided to place about $235,108 from various reserve funds into certificates of deposit in order to earn a bit of interest. The money consists of $60,000 sitting in the water system’s capital improvement reserve fund and $84,100 in the water bond short lived…

Kushner honored by Montana Supreme Court

By Michael Howell Montana Statewide Drug Court Coordinator Jeffrey Kushner, who lives in the Victor area, was recently honored by the Montana Supreme Court and presented with a plaque for his “outstanding contributions to Montana citizens through work in the Judicial Branch.” Kushner was one of three judicial branch employees to receive recognition this year….

Legislators look at internet possibilities in Bitterroot

By Michael Howell Montana legislators across the state have begun to focus on internet accessibility as a key aspect in the future development and growth of the state’s economy. The Bitterroot delegation tasked Senator Fred Thomas and Representative Ed Greef to assess the situation in the Bitterroot Valley. As part of that effort those two…

Commissioners hear from legislator, FS about proposed timber sale

By Michael Howell State Senator Pat Connell beat the Forest Service to the draw in discussing a proposed timber sale on national forest land in the Upper East Fork with the Ravalli County Commissioners. Connell met with the commissioners on Thursday, December 3. Forest Service officials presented their view of the proposal to the commissioners…

Irrigators approve $1.7 million bond for bridge repairs

Users of the “Big Ditch”, owned and operated by the Bitter Root Irrigation District, voted overwhelmingly to allow the district to sell and issue a $1.7 million bond to help pay for repairs and improvements to the pipeline that carries water from Lake Como over the river and under Highway 93 and the railroad tracks…

Board of Health agrees to ask EPA to do environmental study

By Michael Howell The fourth time was the charm for local wildlife rehabilitator Judy Hoy in her decades-long attempt to get the Ravalli County Board of Health to request that the Environmental Protection Agency test the foliage, snow and rain, surface water and urine of domestic grazing animals in the county to determine what gene…