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Volume XXIV, Number 19

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Citizen group offers alternative to airport expansion

By Michael Howell

The group, Informed Citizens Against Airport Runway Expansion (ICAARE), has been around a long time. It was formed back when plans for expansion at the airport were first discussed publicly. Its organization and the individuals primarily involved have changed some over the years. One of its prime initiators, Gwen Haas, for example, is now deceased. But the group itself has continued on and matured, according to ICAARE spokesperson Mike Jorgensen. More...

Patrick McCarron, as St. Nickolas of Smyrna, leads the annual Stevensville Parade of Lights on Friday, Dec. 5. The participants got a first look at the community's new LED Christmas lights, a project of the Stevensville Civic Club. Friday's events kicked off the Christmas Gift Fair, sponsored by the Stevensville Main Street Association.

Prior to the Parade of Lights, citizens of all ages helped decorate the Community Tree at Veteran's Park. Jean Schurman photo.

Commissioners adopt impact fee ordinance

By Michael Howell

The County Commissioners gave final approval to an Impact Fee Ordinance last week on a 4 to 1 vote. The ordinance establishes the process by which any authorized district in the county, such as a school district, fire district, or sewer district, can apply for an impact fee to be set and assessed on new development within the district. More...

Two die on St. Mary’s Peak

The following information is from a press release issued by the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office following a double fatality which occurred on St. Mary’s Peak west of Stevensville on Saturday, December 6.

Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman has identified two people killed in a hiking accident on St. Mary’s Peak west of Stevensville, as 29-year-old Steven Maxwell Haldeman and 42-year-old Lisa Renee Jones. Both victims were Missoula residents. More...

Care for highway amenities a looming dilemma

By Michael Howell

The County Commissioners recently amended a few contracts that it holds with the Montana Department of Transportation (MDOT) concerning responsibilities for the highway amenities associated with the state’s Highway 93 widening project. In particular all the contracts were amended to reflect that MDOT has responsibility for repairing and maintaining the asphalt bike and walk path and sidewalks along the roadway. More...

Regents say no to Bitterroot Valley Community College

By Michael Howell

The Board of Regents decided on a thumbs down recommendation to the legislature in relation to the establishment of a Bitterroot Valley Community College District. The decision was made last Thursday, December 4, in a telephone conference meeting. More...

Hamilton creates dog run park

By Michael Howell

The Hamilton City Council unanimously approved funding to create a dog run park on two acres of land located by the city sewer plant. The land is already fenced on three sides and would only require fencing on one side to create a fenced-in area where dog owners could allow their pets to run free. More...


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