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Volume XXV, Number 20

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Check out the new Bitterroot Star blog!

Florence Fire Station holds open house

By Michael Howell

The new Florence Fire Station has been up and operating for a while, actually. The first open house celebration scheduled last September was cancelled, however, when the Florence Fire Department mobilized, along with volunteers from every other fire district in the valley, to fight the Kootenai Creek Fire near Stevensville. More...

Pictured (left to right) are Florence Fire Chief Charlie Lambson, EMS Lieutenant Kari McLean, firefighter J. J. Easton, firefighter Peter Metzger and Child Passenger Safety Instructor Heidi Kestrel; a few of the many volunteers on hand to help celebrate the opening of the new Florence Fire Station. Michael Howell photo.

County supports land swap

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners agreed last week to support a proposed land exchange in the Rye Creek area east of Darby between the U.S. Forest Service and the CB Ranch. The proposed land exchange is the latest phase in a decades-long effort at consolidating the checkerboard ownership of private and public lands in the area. More...

County moves to enforce Clean Indoor Air Act

The Ravalli County Board of Health took action on Tuesday, December 8, to establish a team to enforce the Clean Indoor Air Act (CIA Act) that went into effect October 1, 2009 making it unlawful to smoke in any business establishment open to the public including casinos and bars. More...

FWP takes comments on proposed hunting closure

By Michael Howell

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) held a meeting in Hamilton on Wednesday, December 9, to take comment on a petition from John and Kathy Lewis, who own land along Mitchell Slough, to close their property to hunting. More...

County still pushing for Crisis Stabilization Center

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners are pushing forward with their attempt to make a Jail Diversion and Crisis Intervention facility a reality in Ravalli County. A draft plan has been developed for the establishment of a 24/7 crisis stabilization facility which would cost an estimated $86,563 in design and planning and about $250,000 in construction costs. The facility would ultimately be owned and operated by the Western Montana Mental Health Clinic. More...


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