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Living ‘Life on the Rocks’

By Michael Howell Wildlife expert and author Bruce Smith is coming to Hamilton this week to discuss his new award winning book, “Life on the Rocks: A Portrait of the American Goat.” The book, published in June 2014 by University Press of Colorado, recently won best book in both the Nature and Environment and in…

Stevensville adopts new process for special event permits

By Michael Howell Following a public hearing last Thursday, February 26, at the regular Stevensville Town Council meeting a new ordinance was adopted governing the issuance of Special Event Permits. In the past every Special Event Permit issued had to be reviewed and approved by the Town Council. Permit applications were required to be submitted…

Town of Stevensville’s accomplishments recounted

During the council comment period at the last Stevensville Town Council meeting, Council member Bill Perrin took the opportunity to list some of the Town’s many accomplishments over the last few years. “I was thinking the other day, trying to take a positive look at things for my own sanity and one thing that struck…

County open burning ordinance a hot topic

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners have instituted a burn permit program that may take a load off the 911 emergency dispatch center. The online permit program may be accessed on the internet at www.burnpermit.mt.gov. Once registered a person may activate the permit on any day they decide to burn during the open burning…

Landowner wants changes at Stevi river access site

By Michael Howell Owners of the Fort Owen Ranch near Stevensville, Roy and Lori Capp, have some liability and security concerns related to the river access site which is located on their property north of the Stevensville bridge. Accompanied by Senator Fred Thomas, the couple met last weekend with Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and…

Stevensville celebrates graduation rate

Stevensville Schools held a Graduation Matters assembly for the entire K-12 student body last week to celebrate Stevensville’s increased rate of graduation and to get younger students to make a pledge to graduate. High School Principal Brian Gum, who heads the Graduation Matters team at Stevensville, thanked school board members, business partners, teachers and students…

Woodside bike/pedestrian bridge: the final deal

The final glitch in the funding for the proposed Woodside bicycle/pedestrian bridge across the Bitterroot River at the Woodside crossing was resolved last week when the Ravalli County Commissioners approved using $6,000 in contingency funds to match $38,000 in Community Transportation Enhancement Program (CTEP) funds. The total project cost is estimated at $900,000. The commissioners…

Temporary workers to be hired in county road department

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners approved enough funding to pay for hiring four temporary workers in the Road and Bridge Department through the end of this fiscal year and expressed their aim to provide further funding for the FY 2016 budget to keep the temps working for the rest of the summer and…

Tester pushes for reauthorization of Secure Rural Schools funding

Before the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Act was introduced in 2000, rural counties and schools received 25% of the revenues generated from timber sales from national forests. When approved in 2000, the law allowed counties with federal timber lands to choose between the 25 percent payment they once received from federal timber receipts or an…

Clothes Closet recycling program a success

By Michael Howell The Clothes Closet in Stevensville is a community-based non-profit that provides free clothing, linens and kitchen supplies to Ravalli County residents and, according to Board President Molly Hackett, business is always fairly brisk. Hackett said in order to get a handle on how much the service was really being used, they acquired…