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Volume XXVI, Number 12

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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Riprapping the ‘Root

By Michael Howell

If you ask the experts that are familiar with rivers across the state, they will tell you that the Bitterroot River is unique in a number of ways, but one of the most obvious differences is how much this river wanders across the valley bottom, especially in the lower portions between Hamilton and Stevensville. The result is that from year to year a person hardly knows where the river will be and for some homeowners who have built close to the river it can be a shocking turn of affairs. More...

It's a cat's life. Siamese cat enjoys a sunny fall afternoon on S. 4th Street in Hamilton. Jean Schurman photo.

Hamilton City Council notes

By Michael Howell


The Hamilton City Council agreed to reduce the Letter of Credit related to the Council on Aging senior housing development from $330,000 to $56,000 as most of the work requiring the security agreement has now been completed. According to Dennis Stranger, Special Projects Director for the City, the $56,000 in security is still needed to meet the requirements of securing 25 percent in excess of estimated costs for the sidewalks and irrigation system that have yet to be installed as well as 10 percent of estimated construction costs for the project. The Letter of Credit will be extended to 2012 for the remaining $56,000. More...

Stevi extends temporary prohibition on medical marijuana businesses

By Michael Howell

Last March 22, 2010 the Stevensville Town Council adopted an Interim Zoning Ordinance prohibiting the opening or operation of any establishment that grows, sells or distributes medical marijuana in town or within one mile of the Town limits. The Interim Ordinance, effective for six months, also directed the Planning and Zoning Board to devise zoning or regulations to govern such establishments in the meantime. More...

Spreadbury pleads guilty in intimidation case

By Michael Howell

Former candidate for Hamilton Mayor, Michael Spreadbury, changed his plea to guilty to charges of intimidation last Friday in the court of Missoula Judge Douglas Harkin. More...

Commissioners hold monthly coffee klatch

How would you like to sit down with your County Commissioners over a cup of coffee and simply discuss some of your concerns? You can do just that, once a month, on the third Friday of the month at the County Commissioners meeting room. It’s the same room they do their business in, but the atmosphere is much more relaxed. A few of the Commissioners, like Chairman Greg Chilcott (left) and Jim Rokosch (right) even come out from behind the table that generally separates them from the public to get up close and personal in the talks. More...

Mary Ann Falk of Hamilton discusses road concerns with Commissioners Greg Chilcott and Jim Rokosch at the monthly coffee hour. Michael Howell photo.


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