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Habitat for Humanity breaks ground in Stevi

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By Michael Howell A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Stevensville last Sunday to celebrate the new Habitat for Humanity home going in at 103 Mission Street. It is going up right next door to another Habitat for Humanity home that was constructed in 2014. Active in the valley since 1998, the organization has helped eight families…

Darby Library to host talk on Islam

By Michael Howell The Darby Community Public Library Board confirmed its commitment last week to the ongoing Lifelong Learning Series of lectures with speakers provided by Montana Humanities and Tamarack, a library alliance. Library Director Wendy Campbell said she received some written complaints and phone calls objecting to the next scheduled presentation in the series…

County Health Board overrules Dept. of Environmental Health

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Board of Health has overruled a decision by the Ravalli County Department of Environmental Health (RCEH) that would have denied a septic permit in the floodplain of the Bitterroot River along the banks of Mitchell Slough. Judy Mucha, who owns a parcel of land in the Alpenglow subdivision just…

Stevi to study Utility Bill Reduced Rate Program

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council agreed last week to initiate a survey to gauge the effectiveness and the general acceptance (or not) of the town’s Utility Bill Reduced Rate Program. The program was designed to establish a fee that would be placed into a fund that could be used to help pay the…

Lonely meeting at Lone Rock

By Michael Howell It was a lonely meeting at Lone Rock School last Thursday. The meeting was scheduled to discuss with the community the pending retirement of Superintendent Dr. Rogers Samples. Samples and some administrative staff were there. Most of the school board members were present. A couple of people representing the Three Mile Community…

Commissioners oppose Syrian refugee resettlement

An estimated 500 people showed up at last week’s meeting on Syrian refugee resettlement, most of them adamantly opposed to the idea. Michael Howell photo.

  Public meeting on topic ‘one of largest meetings in Ravalli County history’ By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners held a meeting last week to take public comment on a proposed letter that had been drafted to state the county’s opposition to any resettlement of Syrian refugees here or even in any nearby counties….

Anti-refugee meeting turnout catches officials by surprise

By Michael Howell   The spur of the moment decision to move the a public meeting on potential Syrian refugee resettlement to the Middle School Auditorium went off without any serious incident. But some fallout occurred afterward, when children went home and told their parents what had happened and parents saw the meeting on the…

OPI head applauds Stevensville schools, Bitterroot Education Cooperative

By Michael Howell State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau visited Stevensville last week where she spoke at Stevensville School’s “Graduation Matters” assembly. She also met with the director and staff of the Bitterroot Valley Education Cooperative. Juneau told the school assembly that there are 821 schools in the state, 145,000 students and 12,000 teachers….

MAPS to host ‘Filmmakers in the Schools’

For the first time ever, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival’s “Filmmakers in the Schools” program is coming to the Bitterroot Valley. Missoula has hosted the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival every February for the past 13 years. The mission of the BSDFF is to “celebrate and promote the art of nonfiction filmmaking, and to…

Attorney fees awarded in Legacy Ranch litigation

  By Michael Howell District Court Judge James Haynes has awarded attorney fees to Bitterrooters for Planning (BFP) in its successful lawsuit against the Ravalli County Board of Commissioners over its illegal approval of the Legacy Ranch Subdivision. In an Opinion and Order issued on July 31, 2015, Haynes found that the Commission violated the…