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Rocky Mountain Homes adapts to new business environment

By Russ Lawrence For decades, the log home industry was one of the cornerstones of the Bitterroot economy. Built on the availability of cheap logs salvaged from catastrophic local fires in the 1960’s and 70’s, Rocky Mountain Log Homes opened in 1974 and grew to become one of the leaders in the category, shipping Montana-made…

Hamilton Council ponders response to ‘the Z word’

By Michael Howell At its last council meeting Hamilton City Council members pondered the scoping meeting that was previously held as a first step in updating the city’s Growth Policy. Council president Jenny West called it “a tough meeting.” The dominant issue raised by the public concerned the possibility of extra territorial zoning by the…

Attorney says special meeting is legal

By Michael Howell Prior to taking up with the agenda at last week’s special meeting of the Town Council, Stevensville Mayor Gene Mim Mack addressed allegations made by Councilor Jim Crews and former councilor Clayton Floyd that the meeting was illegal because it contained two agenda items. Both men had e-mailed Town Clerk Stacy Bartlett…

Olwell and Mauer: Outstanding Outfitters of the Year

Longtime fishing outfitters from the Bitterroot Valley, Eddie Olwell of Fishs Eddy O and Jack Mauer of Wapiti Waters, were co-recipients of the Outstanding Outfitters of the Year award for 2014 from the Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society for their contributions to the protection and enhancement of fisheries in Montana. Mauer and Olwell…

Lyme disease prevalence study begins in Ravalli County

By Michael Howell The South Valley Child and Family Center (SVCFC) in conjunction with the University of Montana is conducting a community-based participatory research project designed to accumulate data concerning the prevalence of Lyme disease (Lyme Borreliosis) in Ravalli County. The study is being conducted by Masters of Public Health graduate student Emilee Kottcamp-Allen and…

Commissioners revise public notice, public participation policy

The Ravalli County Commissioners met last Thursday, March 12, and amended the county’s Public Notice and Public Participation Policy. At the start of the meeting the Commissioners’ Administrative Assistant Glenda Wiles said that she had received many inquiries as to why the commission was suddenly considering a policy review at this time. Deputy County Attorney…

Cost of Stevi sewer upgrades goes up

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council unanimously adopted an amended letter of conditions from USDA Rural Development concerning the sewer upgrade project to reflect the fact that the low bid for the project came in $650,000 over the original engineer’s estimate. The total estimated cost of the project was about $2.9 million. But the…

Hamilton begins updating Growth Policy

By Michael Howell Kathleen McMahon of Applied Communications out of Whitefish, the same consulting firm that helped the City of Hamilton develop a Growth Policy that was adopted in 2009, is now back helping the city review and update its policy. The review process was kickstarted last week at an initial scoping meeting attended by…

Owners of Fort Owen Ranch asserting property rights

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville received a letter dated March 2, 2015 from Missoula attorney Kevin Jones stating that Roy and Lori Capp, owners of the Fort Owen Ranch near Stevensville, had requested that he proceed with appropriate legal action to address the Town’s inappropriate extension of the scope of easement over their…

FS places moratorium on rock climbing in Mill Creek

The Stevensville Ranger District has announced that it is imposing a moratorium on establishing new bolt-intensive climbing routes within the Mill Creek climbing area north of Hamilton. The area is a popular destination for hikers, hunters, and other recreationists and has recently become very popular with rock climbers. Increased use has raised concerns shared by…