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Volume XXIV, Number 9

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

County sued over cease and desist order on work near river

By Michael Howell

Outspoken critic of the County’s efforts to formulate some streamside setback regulations, Tom Robak, has sued the county after being sent a cease and desist order involving the construction of a new home along the bank of the West Fork of the Bitterroot River. The cease and desist order did not have anything to do with setback regulations, which don’t exist yet, but with floodplain violations. More...

Local flower gardens give the final show of the season before the killing frosts. Nighttime temperatures are creeping downward, with many gardeners reporting frost damage. Overall, temperatures in the valle remain above normal for this time of year. Michael Howell photo.

Hamilton Budget adopted

By Michael Howell

The City of Hamilton officially adopted its 2009 Fiscal Year budget last month.

According to the budget document that must be registered with the state, the City is projecting property tax revenues to be about $1,336,923 and non-tax revenues of $3,220,616 for a total revenue projection of about $4.5 million in resources. Expenditures are estimated to be about $3.2 million. More...

Smoke is seen drifting out of Fred Burr Canyon last week as the Forest Service conducted a planned burn. More burns are planned on the forest for the fall season, according to Public Resource Specialist Nan Christianson. Close to 87 acres is planned for hand ignition in the Middle East Fork near Teepee Point; about 200 acres is planned to burn by hand ignition along Chaffin Creek near Darby; 100 acres is planned to burn near Lake Como; an unspecified acreage is planned to be ignited from the air on Coffee Face near Darby. Christianson said that there is no definite schedule right now and the exact times always depend on the weather and other conditions at the time. Michael Howell photo.

Stevi Main Street program launches into another year

By Michael Howell

Heading into its ninth year of existence, the Stevensville Main Street Association has racked up a fine list of accomplishments and adopted an aggressive ‘to do’ list for the coming years. The membership has just elected Deby Lackas, owner of Earth Imaging, as its new president and is steamrolling towards one of its annual fundraising events, the Boast & Toast, where members boast about the group’s accomplishments and toast the valuable members, donors and contributors that have made it such a success. This year’s Boast & Toast celebration is scheduled for Saturday, October 4, at 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Family Center. More...

Commissioner debate cancelled

The debate scheduled for Tuesday, October 7 at Jukebox Saturday Night in Florence has been cancelled.


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