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Public comment on hiring Stevi coach heard in private

By Michael Howell At last week’s meeting of the Stevensville School District Board of Trustees, a motion was made to approve all the fall sports head coaching assignments which included hiring Tilford Meyers as football coach, Stacey Sager for girls soccer, Ralph Serrette for boys soccer, Lori Lewis for cross-country, Erin O’Reilly for volleyball and…

City considers sponsoring grant application for local business

By Michael Howell The Hamilton City Council was set to hear a request at its January 20 meeting from the Ravalli County Economic Development Agency (RCEDA) for the city to sponsor an economic development grant application for a new downtown business called Applied Training Resources (ATR). The grant application would be submitted to the Big…

County lifts restrictions on building in the flood fringe

By Michael Howell During its third meeting in consideration of adopting new flood plain regulations on January 7, the County Commissioners decided, at least in regards to the draft under consideration, that they would lift restrictions on residential construction in the flood fringe. A fourth and final meeting was set for Monday, January 12, at…

Space-age ceramics manufactured in valley

By Russ Lawrence Value-added manufacturing is one of the gold standards for economic development, but sometimes the aluminum standard is just as good. The Ravalli County Economic Development Authority recognized that when they awarded a small grant to help SpaceAge Ceramics get on their feet in Hamilton last year, manufacturing ceramic guide blocks for band…

Stevensville adopts revised Development Code

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Town Council adopted an updated and revised Development Code at its meeting on January 8. The second reading of the ordinance was continued from a meeting at which the motion was tabled on December 11, 2014. A review of the Town’s Development Code was initiated in the Planning and Zoning…

Stevensville theater faces potential closure over building safety

By Michael Howell Stevensville Hardware owner Phil Henderson has taken the Stevensville Playhouse to court alleging that the theater building, which is adjacent to his property, has a wall leaning over into his property interfering with his own plans for construction. Henderson also alleges that the building is unsafe and should be condemned. Henderson has…

Hamilton gets grant for trees

By Michael Howell For the fourth year in a row the City of Hamilton, which is a member of Tree City USA, got a grant for $8,000 from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) for use in its tree management program. Parks & Cemetery Director Terry Cole said that the money would be…

MSU Extension looks toward the next 100 years

By Michael Howell Montana State University Extension celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2014. MSU Extension is a network of educators in all counties of the state and specialists on the MSU campus providing unbiased, research-based education programs and information to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of Montana citizens. MSU Extension has been educating…

Stevi mayor appointed to governor’s Task Force on Equal Pay for Equal Work

By Michael Howell Stevensville’s Mayor Gene Mim Mack was recently appointed by Governor Steve Bullock to serve on the Equal Pay for Equal Work Montana Task Force. The purpose of the Task Force, which was formed in December 2013, is to gather information, furnish advice, and provide the Governor recommendations on policies and actions to…

Star awarded county legal notice bid for 2015

The Ravalli County Commissioners awarded the county’s legal publishing contract to the Bitterroot Star last week. The Bitterroot Star submitted a sworn statement of publication showing an average circulation of about 7,200 per issue. Its bid was the lowest at $2.00 per 100-word folio for the first insertion and $.50 per folio for each subsequent…