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Volume XXIV, Number 15

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The ‘People’s Tree’ heads for D.C.

By Michael Howell

The National Christmas Tree, called “the People’s Tree,” destined for display at the nation’s capital, rumbled out of the Bitterroot Valley last Tuesday, wrapped and boxed on the bed of a semi-truck trailer headed for Washington D.C. The 3,370 mile trip is planned to take 20 days, with the tree arriving in the capital on November 24. The tree will be lighted in a ceremony on the lawn of the Capitol building on December 2. More...

Bitterrooters crowded around the truck hauling the Capitol Christmas Tree and signed their names or wrote messages on the banner draping the truck.

Colleen Meyer, director of Historic St. Mary’s Mission, lists the many “firsts” associated with Montana’s first town, and adds one more: the first stop on the National Christmas Tree 2008 trip to the nation’s capital.

Beverly Helrich, Chairperson of the Stevensville Ornament Committee, one of several organizations around the county that produced ornaments for the tree.

Ella Buckallew produced this dazzling ornament for the 2008 tree in honor of Stevensville, “Where Montana Began.”

Growth Policy repealed

By Michael Howell

Following the results of the November 4 election, Ravalli County no longer has a Growth Policy. Voters approved repealing the Growth Policy by a vote of 9,674 to 8,367. No replacement policy may be considered for two years, according to state law. It would not be until the 2010 general election before any new growth policy could be adopted. Without a growth policy no zoning regulations may be established under Montana’s zoning laws either. More...

Republicans nearly sweep county

By Michael Howell

The only Democrats to win a majority vote in the 2008 general election in Ravalli County were U.S. Senator Max Baucus and Governor Brian Schweitzer. Other than those two, every Republican candidate on the ballot, from McCain for President to Mood for Public Service Commissioner, received a majority vote from Ravalli County residents. All the local legislative seats and the two County Commissioner seats went to Republicans as well. More...

New Deputy County Attorney

The Ravalli County Attorney’s Office has hired a new attorney, Dan Browder, from Victor, to work exclusively on county civil matters. Browder will be working closely with current Deputy County Attorney Karen Mahar who also concentrates on civil matters and advises the Board of County Commissioners. More...

County answers Robak charges

By Michael Howell

County Attorney George Corn has filed answers to the charges made in District Court by Tom Robak concerning his development of a new home on the banks of the West Fork of the Bitterroot River south of Darby. More...

Ninth Circuit upholds MEF project ruling

By Michael Howell

A three-judge panel on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Federal District Court Judge Donald Molloy’s ruling in favor of the Forest Service in a lawsuit filed by two environmental groups challenging the Middle East Fork Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project on the Bitterroot National Forest. More...


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