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MAPS Day kicks off Kickstarter campaign

By Russ Lawrence “Making things happen” is what an entrepreneur does, says MAPS Media Institute founder and CEO Peter Rosten, and at the organization’s open house on Thursday, April 16, enterprising students were drawing on everything they had learned in order to launch a new initiative. The open house was in celebration of “MAPS Day,”…

Prank call leads to midnight raid on Stevi apartment complex

By Michael Howell Several residents of an apartment complex located on Main Street in Stevensville were rousted from their beds just after midnight on Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning last week and a few doors were kicked open as Stevensville police and county deputies searched for a possible active shooter in the area. According to Stevensville Police…

Stevensville seeks public comment on Airport EA

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville held a public hearing last week to take public comment on the Environmental Assessment being done for the Stevensville Airport improvement project. Engineer Shawn Shea of Morrison-Maierle presented a thumbnail version of the EA which consists of examining one alternative for improvements and comparing it to a “do…

Commissioners consider search for former treasurer

By Michael Howell Almost a year after filing suit against former Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey, aka Valerie Scott, aka Valerie Addis, the County Commissioners came to a consensus last week that it might be time to hire a process server to find Stamey and serve her with papers in the case. Deputy County Attorney…

Bitterroot Forest issues Travel Plan Decision

With public comments analyzed and analysis completed, Forest Supervisor Julie King has decided how motorized use will be managed on roads and trails within the 1.6 million acre Bitterroot National Forest, as part of a nationwide effort by the Forest Service to address motorized recreation. Last week’s release of the Travel Management Plan Final Environmental…

Hamilton scraps timed parking

By Michael Howell The Hamilton City Council has adopted amended parking regulations that would lift the 90-minute parking limit in the downtown area that has been in place for a few years. Enforcement of the 90-minute parking limit has been controversial and the council was split over the issue. The vote to adopt the new…

Ranch owners threaten to sue Stevensville over easement issues

By Michael Howell An attorney working for Ron and Lori Capp, owners of the Fort Owen Ranch, has written a letter to the Town of Stevensville claiming that the town is violating the scope of the easement that was granted across the Capps’ property providing access to the Town’s wastewater treatment plant by allowing the…

Stevi change in water rights perplexing

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville has a water right change application pending with the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation involving an exchange of some surface water rights up the Burnt Fork to mitigate the impacts of new ground water rights at the new well-field located next to Twin Creeks Subdivision. At the…

Stamey disciplinary documents released

By Michael Howell The Montana Supreme Court issued a ruling last week confirming a July 18, 2014 District Court order which found that Valerie Addis (former Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey’s maiden name) did not have a right to privacy concerning six documents held in her personnel file at the Missoula County Public School District…

FWP releases wolf count, livestock depredations decline

Montana’s verified wolf population declined by 73, 12 percent, last year while livestock depredations by wolves continued to decline, dropping about 46 percent from 2013. The minimum number of wolves counted by FWP at the end of 2014 was 554 compared to a minimum of 627 wolves counted at the end of 2013, according to…