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Three Mile Fire District wants student drop off stopped

  By Michael Howell Some parents who have been picking up and dropping off their children at the school bus stop in front of the Three Mile Fire station on the Eastside Highway north of Stevensville are upset at the signs that have been placed threatening prosecution for trespassing if they continue to do it….

Conservation District asserts jurisdiction over revetment

  By Michael Howell The Bitterroot Conservation District made what its attorney called “a precedent setting decision” last week when it decided that a 310 permitting complaint submitted by the Bitterroot River Protection Association was “a valid complaint.” The complaint concerned about 1,000 feet of concrete rubble and pieces of metal that is falling into…

Fire burning east of Florence

Mountain lion kittens rescued from fire   The plume of smoke from a fire that blew up on the Three Mile Game Refuge nine miles east of Florence last Friday, August 29 could easily be seen from across the valley. It was first reported about 3 p.m. and numerous resources responded including the Lolo Hotshot…

Mayor breaks tie to adopt Stevi budget

  By Michael Howell Although the Stevensville Town Council made half a dozen unanimous decisions at its August 28 meeting, the council was split over three issues. As a result, Mayor Gene Mim Mack cast the deciding vote on a few significant items including the make-up of the Police Commission, employee salaries, and adoption of…

A lot of interest in Local Government Study Commissions

  The local Government Study Commission being formed to review the structure and functioning of the Ravalli County government has drawn 19 candidates interested in filling the five positions on the committee. One issue that is bound to come up for consideration by the commission is the question of possibly reducing the number of commission…

River washes out trail at wildlife refuge

  By Michael Howell Prolonged high water flows on the Bitterroot River this spring cut into the bank along the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge undermining the asphalt trail that was paved to allow for ease of public access as well as handicapped accessibility to the river. The collapsing bank now threatens to take out…

Hamilton budget finalized – city taxes raised 42%

  By Michael Howell Residents of the City of Hamilton are going to see a 42% increase in their property taxes in the coming Fiscal Year 2015 to cover general government services as the current budget calls for levying close to the maximum number of mills allowed by law. The City’s finance officer, the City…

Two more properties looking for Open Lands Bond support

By Michael Howell   The County’s Open Lands Board has forwarded a recommendation of approval of the use of Open Lands Bond Program funds to help establish two more conservation easements in the Corvallis area. The easements, which would be placed on the Bailey and Gingerich farms, are situated within a few miles of over…

Riverfest in the Root held. Kids (and adults) enjoyed a variety of activities to increase their awareness and appreciation of the Bitterroot River at the fourth annual Riverfest in the Root held last Saturday at River Park in Hamilton. Here, Orion Masar of Placerville, CA moves sand and gravel around in a working model of…

Public comment period extended on DEQ permit for large retail store

  By Michael Howell The state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has reopened the public comment period for a Ground Water Pollution Control System permit application that it is being considered on a property located south of Hamilton on Blood Lane. The wastewater system would serve a large retail establishment rumored to be a Walmart….