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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…

Petition for write-in candidate for Sheriff being circulated

   By Michael Howell A petition is being circulated to place Ted Dunlap on the November ballot as a write-in candidate for Ravalli County Sheriff. Dunlap, who advocates what he calls a “Constitutional Sheriff,” ran unsuccessfully in an effort to become Sheriff of Ada County in Idaho in 2010. Before that he ran unsuccessfully for…

Lawsuit filed to lift river closure

  By Michael Howell A lawsuit was filed in District Court last week by former County Attorney George Corn asking the judge to lift the emergency river closure that was imposed by Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) effective April 11, closing the river to any recreation between the Woodside fishing access site…