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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…

Painted Rocks Reservoir keeps Bitterroot fishery cool

All of DNRC’s water projects support irrigated agriculture. Painted Rocks Dam, located on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River south of Darby, plays a vital role in sustaining the multi-million-dollar fishery of the Bitterroot River. By the mid 1970s, irrigation demands on the Bitterroot River left it seriously dewatered during some summers. The stretch…

‘Future irrigators’ learn about valley irrigation

  The Bitter Root Water Forum (BRWF) recently organized a day-long tour of Bitterroot irrigation structures and systems — including Lake Como, several feeder ditches, fish conservation structures, and private land examples — for Future Farmers of America (FFA) students in the Bitterroot Valley. On, Thursday, May 22, FFA students from Stevensville embarked on a…

Stevi gets nearly $2 million grant for sewer project

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville has accepted a grant of $1,955,000 from USDA Rural Development for use on Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the town’s Sewer Improvement Project. Phase 1 of the project, which involved extending the sewer main to Selway Corporation, has reached substantial completion and the remaining punch list is…

County settles lawsuit, developer to get $675,000

  By Michael Howell The County Commissioners recently settled a lawsuit brought by Big Sky Development, Group, LLC that has been crawling through the court since August of 2008. The County agreed to pay the developer $675,000. The payments are scheduled beginning with two consecutive $250,000 payments followed by a series of $40,000 payments. The…

County settles wrongful termination suit for $125k

   By Michael Howell Ravalli County has settled a lawsuit filed in federal court by former Road Department Supervisor David Ohnstad. It will cost the county $125,000. The county also agreed that it will refer any contacts from prospective employers about Mr. Ohnstad to the Ravalli County Human Resources Director, who will respond with Mr….

Sheriff says more deputies are needed

  By Michael Howell At a budget meeting with the County Commissioners last week, Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman made an impassioned plea for more deputies in the Sheriff’s Office. He asked to add nine more deputies to his workforce over the next five years. Hoffman said that Ravalli County Deputies are dealing with significantly…