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Volume XXV, Number 13

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

RCEDA director honored

By Michael Howell

At a grant award ceremony last Friday, October 23, in Hamilton, State Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program Matt Jones heaped praise on Julie Foster, Director of the Ravalli County Economic Development Authority (RCEDA). More...

Matt Jones, State Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program, presented two certificates of award to Ravalli County Economic Development Authority Director Julie Foster for her role in winning highly competitive grants for three Bitterroot Valley businesses.

Library celebrates 100th birthday

Plans to remain in same location

By Michael Howell

The North Valley Public Library in Stevensville celebrated its 100th birthday last Wednesday with cake and ice cream. More...

Beverly Helrich, President of the Friends of the Library, prepares to cut the cake, while Library Director Renee McGrath waits for the first slice.

Library staff members (pictured from left to right) are Carol Lester, Mary Jette, Phyllis Daniels, Carrie Hearn, Director Renee McGrath, and Amy Ling.

Hamilton police honored

By Michael Howell

Hamilton Police Officers Rick Sherman and Jim Niemeir were honored at the Hamilton City Council meeting of October 20th for outstanding performance of their duties last August 28 when they performed CPR on a man who had collapsed on the side of the road by his bicycle. More...

Push for Hiawatha route derailed by cost study

By Michael Howell

Senator Jon Tester told members of the press in his regularly scheduled press conference with small Montana newspapers last week that he doesn’t want to put the Hiawatha proposal to bed, but the project as proposed doesn’t look feasible. More...

Coombs files political practices complaint

By Michael Howell

Pat Coombs, current president and candidate for re-election on the Florence Water and Sewer District Board, told the Bitterroot Star last Thursday that she had filed a complaint with the Commissioner of Political Practices concerning the open letter written and disseminated by a coalition of four other candidates including Judy Sass, Ron Sass, Margie O’Brien and Paul Kamrath. More...

Stevi Pantry Partners and Clothes Closet may build next spring

By Michael Howell

Hopes are high at Pantry Partners – a free food bank located in Stevensville – and the Stevensville Clothes Closet – a free clothing store – that they may well be sharing a new building together next year. The groups received notice recently from the Department of Commerce that their application made for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to construct a new building to house both operations had been rated second among eleven projects that are vying for almost $3.1 million in soon to be available funds. More...

Board members Kathy Belke and Arnie Polanchek of Pantry Partners and Molly Hackett of the Clothes Closet are hopeful that their new, combined facility will be built in 2010. Michael Howell photo.


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