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Volume XXIII, Number 15

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Step It Up! Day of Recognition held

By Gretchen L. Langton

Step It Up! National Day of Recognition was held on November 3 in Hamilton. All over the nation, simultaneously, citizens gathered to listen to concerned scientists and activists speak of what can be done to reduce our carbon footprints. Step It Up! is the movement launched by Bill McKibben and others in an attempt to pressure Congress to pass legislation that will reduce greenhouse gasses 80% by the year 2020. Greenhouse gasses are the primary culprits adding to the increasing warming of our planet. The event was sponsored by Sustainable Living Systems and attended by 50+ valley residents. More...

About forty people attended an event in Hamilton to support actions that will reduce our carbon footprints. Gretchen Langton photo.

Lab to be charged for 12-inch water line

By Michael Howell

The Hamilton City Council decided at a meeting on November 6, to begin charging the Rocky Mountain Laboratory for a twelve-inch connection to the city's water main. The lab was initially not billed for the water connection. Then, about three years ago the Council decided to start billing the lab for a 10-inch connection. The actual connection was discovered, however, to be a 12-inch connection. More...

Bitterroot 'Unchained'

By Michael Howell

The Bitterroot Good Neighbors Coalition is urging Bitterroot Valley residents to unchain themselves on Saturday, November 17—to do any business they plan to do on that day only at locally-owned independent businesses. Bitterroot Unchained is part of AmericaUnchained, a national campaign of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA). More...

Stevensville food bank looks to the future

By Michael Howell

Arnie Polanchek representing Pantry Partners, a local food bank located in Stevensville, is looking to renew its lease of a building owned by the Stevensville School District. The food bank has leased the building on the school grounds from the school district for the last five years. The current lease expires at the end of November. More...

Municipal Election Results

By Michael Howell

After a five-and-a-half-year effort, spearheaded by Council President DeAnne Harbaugh, the City of Hamilton passed a tree ordinance at their last meeting on September 18. The last two significant changes to the ordinance included making the city responsible for all safety related tree removal or trimming, while allowing property owners to trim without permission being required. More...

Economic impact analysis of Bitterroot Resort released

By Michael Howell

The final draft of an economic impact analysis of Tom Maclay's proposed Bitterroot Resort development on land that straddles the Missoula and Ravalli County lines was released for public review on November 8 in Missoula. The study, co-sponsored by the Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce and Missoula Area Economic Development Corporation (MAEDC), is an analysis of the potential economic impacts of two different scenarios of development. One in which development is confined to the 2,900-acre Maclay Ranch and a second in which the "destination resort" includes entitlements to recreational use of adjoining Forest Service lands, including potential installation of ski lifts to the top of Lolo Peak. Even if the permit for alpine skiing on the public lands is not awarded, it states in the analysis, "development of a smaller resort project solely within the roughly 2,980 acres of private property is very likely." More...


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