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Volume XXI, Number 11

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


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Linda Irwin of Hamilton, a grandma herself, was one of the many hundreds who worked on the Canyon Hideaway playground in Hamilton last week. Irwin and many others scurried over the playground equipment, screwing pieces together, attaching slides and swings along with staining, planting and digging. Two Trapper Creek Job Corpsmen, Jamie Adair of Bozeman and Ted Jessop of Cedar City, Utah, are helping in the background. Adair said he would come back and visit the playground once it is completed.Jean Schurman photo.


Mail-in ballots in the mail

By Michael Howell

As election time approaches, it is important to remember that some of the upcoming elections scheduled for this November will be conducted solely by mail ballot. More...


Commissioners consider junk car rip-rap dilemma

By Michael Howell

Florence area resident Tom Pratt took his concerns about the health hazard posed by all the old decaying auto bodies used as rip-rap along the banks of the Bitterroot River to the County Commissioners last week. Pratt told the Commissioners that there are a significant number of old car bodies that were placed along the river banks near Darby and near the Florence bridge, but he primarily based his complaint on the 1,500 to 2,000 cars used as rip-rap and in the building of a levee along a stretch of the river bordering the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, north of Stevensville. It is an area Pratt has spent a great deal of time inspecting and he is convinced that the cars represent a genuine health hazard. More...


California court ruling impacts Bitterroot National Forest

By Michael Howell

The effects of a U.S. District Court ruling in California that requires the U.S. Forest Service to make public notice, accept public comment over a 30-day period and allow up to 105 days for an appeal process on Forest Service decisions made under the "categorical exclusion" rule, are now rippling through the nation as the judge clarified that his ruling applied across the board to every region of the USFS and applied to all decisions made under the categorical exclusion clause from July 7 to September 16. More...


Petition circulating to recall Judge Langton

By Michael Howell

Plagued by problems over alcohol abuse, Ravalli County District Court Judge Jeffrey Langton is now facing an effort to place a recall petition before the electorate. More...


Four-day school week at Victor?

By Michael Howell

What began as merely an item on the Victor School Board's agenda for the October 10th meeting, has snowballed into the possibility of the school joining an elite few schools who have four-day weeks rather than the traditional five-day week. Although no action was taken on the discussion, the door has been opened for the possibility of Victor students attending school Monday through Thursday. More...

 



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