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Volume XXIV, Number 20

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Stevi, county at a crossroads over Middle Burnt Fork Road improvements

By Michael Howell

Middle Burnt Fork Road, southeast of Stevensville, is in bad shape. Everybody is in agreement that the road needs to be fixed. County Commissioner Greg Chilcott said that his phone rings constantly with complaints about the condition of the road. More...

Forever In Our Hearts...

Hospice Tree of Lights celebration held

Once again friends and family members came together to honor some of their most cherished memories at a very special celebration. The Marcus Daly Hospice “Tree of Lights” memorial took place at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton on Thursday, December 11. The Tree of Lights ceremony is a community event designed to bring people together who wish to set aside time to remember loved ones that are now gone. This annual event was organized through the collective efforts of Marcus Daly Hospice staff and volunteers and honors the memory of many, some who have received hospice care and others who are connected to hospice through family members and friends. More...

County considers animal control officer

By Michael Howell

Last week Ravalli County Commissioners considered the possible hiring of an animal control officer. No decision was made, but the commissioners heard a pitch from Sue Majors, who currently works as a private investigator and is a member of the Animal Control and Protection Board, to consider using an independent contractor to do the job. Majors said that she herself would consider filling the position under the business name Major Animal Care. More...

County agrees to pay for excess vaccine

By Michael Howell

The glitch in the response to a rabies exposure incident at the Stevensville School this fall was not in getting those exposed vaccinated in a timely manner. The glitch has more to do with who will pay for the vaccine and what to do with the excess vaccine. According to Ravalli County Commission Chair, Carlotta Grandstaff, the incident also shows the need to fine tune the county’s emergency response procedures and clarify the role of all the parties involved. More...

PILT funds allocated

By Michael Howell

Ravalli County received a check from the federal government in November for $882,221 as part of the federal government’s Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The program was designed to compensate counties for losses in property taxes on federal land which is not taxed. More...

SSC violated open meetings law in e-mail meeting

By Michael Howell

In a letter to the County Commissioners dated December 8, 2008, County Attorney George Corn found, after investigation, that an e-mail discussion between and among members of the Streamside Setback Committee last July was in violation of the state’s Open Meeting Law. More...

Public must wait to recreate on Mitchell Slough

Until court processes are complete, public recreation is not allowed in the Bitterroot Valley’s Mitchell Slough. More...


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