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Volume XXIII, Number 19

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Hamilton City council holds marathon meeting

By Michael Howell

Hamilton City Council members handled more than a full plate of business at their December 4 meeting as outgoing members of the council, intent on dealing with a lot of unfinished business, piled the agenda items to an unprecedented level. In a four-hour-long marathon meeting the council dealt with 21 separate agenda items, eight of which were Resolutions. More...

The Children's Christmas Pageant, featuring 33 area children, will be held this weekend at the Hamilton Playhouse, 100 Ricketts Road. Participants pictured are (l to r): Brenden Wathen, Weston Erickson, Colton Henderson.

New Composite Lumber Company announces stock offering

By Michael Howell

The Bitterroot Composite Lumber Company (BCLC), a locally owned corporation, recently announced the sale of public stock. The company plans to establish an extrusion plant in Darby, that will combine wood fiber from small diameter timber and wood waste with recycled plastic to make a durable outdoor decking. With a sales pipeline in place, BCLC will market the sustainable decking product regionally under the brand name Montanadex. More...

Bitterroot Composite Lumber Company CEO Corrine Gantt and Chief Operations Officer John Schneeberger are very excited about the prospect of opening a new manufacturing plant in Darby. The plant will produce a brand of durable outdoor decking calld Montanadex made from wood fiber and recycled plastic. They have recently received approval from the State Auditor's Office to offer common stock in the company. Michael Howell photo.

Highway 93 improvements scheduled

By Michael Howell

The new bridge north of Hamilton may finally get some use as the Highway 93 reconstruction project for the segment north of town has been awarded. Construction on the segment from Riverside Cut-off to north of Woodside Cut-off is now scheduled for next summer. Schellinger Construction company of Great Falls has been awarded the contract, worth an estimated $15.8 million. According to Ravalli County Road and Bridge Supervisor David Ohnstad, a pre-construction conference will likely occur sometime in early January and a construction schedule should be available not long after that meeting. More...

Baucus bill would nix public lands fees

By Michael Howell

The U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies would be blocked from charging Americans higher fees to access their public lands under legislation introduced last week by U.S. Senator Max Baucus. More...


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