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County looking for natural resource collaborators

By Michael Howell The Ravalli County Commissioners are looking to form a collaborative group, representative of most of the valley’s different interests, who can work together on issues, primarily concerning natural resources, to provide meaningful comment to controlling agencies, whether state or federal, which are implementing water or land use projects in the county. The…

County says no to race track at fairgrounds

By Michael Howell Three Ravalli County Commissioners put the nails in the coffin last week on a proposal to install a motor sports race track at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds. The idea has been contentious since it was first proposed and drew some stiff resistance from people living in the area. No one from the…

FWP hosts Stevi River Park tour

Park Board holds more discussions on proposed land swap By Michael Howell Officials from Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks hosted a tour last Saturday of the fishing access area at the Stevensville bridge and of Stevensville River Park. Adjoining land owner Roy Capp and FWP have presented a proposal for a land swap…

Hamilton boasts ‘Little Free Library’

By Daphne Jackson The Bitterroot Public Library is going outside the library to reach the Hamilton community in new ways. As part of its centennial celebration, the library recently started a Little Free Library at the entrance to River Park. Library Director Mark Wetherington said some of the staff suggested the Bitterroot Library could start…

Tour of Stevi river park area scheduled

A tour has been scheduled at Stevensville River Park and the fishing access site at the Stevensville river bridge for the public to view the areas being considered in a proposed land swap between local ranch owner Roy Capp and the Town of Stevensville. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is hosting the tour of the…

Potential purchase of parkland and Armory building headed for public vote

By Michael Howell The City of Hamilton is considering purchasing the land that includes Claudia Driscoll Park and the old National Guard Armory building and associated parking lot on the west side of town. An application for a $2 million InterCap Loan has already been made, but acceptance of the application does not obligate the…

DEQ drops appeal of Grantsdale Addition wastewater discharge permit invalidation

By Michael Howell The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has dropped its appeal of a District Court decision issued on June 28, 2016 in which Lewis and Clark County District Court Judge Kathy Seeley sided in favor of Bitterrooters for Planning, the Bitterroot River Protection Association and the Montana Environmental Education Center and invalidated the…

Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital is Baby Friendly!

After five years of commitment, training and implementation, Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital has been officially designated a “Baby Friendly” hospital by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that meet the standards for care and support of breastfeeding mothers and their babies. MDMH…

Council on Aging developing Adult Cottage Cooperative

By Michael Howell Ravalli County Council on Aging Executive Director Paul Travitz has been working for several years now on trying to attract developers to the Council on Aging campus located on Old Corvallis Road. The 20 acres of land, of which the Council on Aging’s office complex takes up about three acres, was donated…

Holton to be appointed Sheriff

  By Michael Howell Barring any unforeseen developments, Undersheriff Steve Holton will be sworn in as Sheriff following the resignation of Sheriff Chris Hoffman at the end of the year. At a meeting last Monday, November 21, the County Commissioners considered taking action to either appoint an Interim Sheriff or possibly advertise for the position…