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Volume XXII, Number 20

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Commissioners adopt planning goals

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners took their first step toward addressing the public mandate to establish comprehensive county wide zoning, in response to the Interim Zoning Initiative approved in the November elections, by adopting a set of planning program goals and priorities. The decision to adopt the list of priorities was the outcome of a public meeting and work session held on December 13, that included members of the Planning Board and Planning Department staff. More...

Happy Holidays from your Bitterroot Star circulation crew that prepares you Star and Wrap Up for distribution each week. Pictured, l to r: Marcas Perez, Jamie Burkhead, Clay Pape, Brenna Lenander, Jackie McNulty, Coleman Pape and Brooke Wyman. Not pictured: Coreena Hurst. Jean Schurman photo.

Forest Service to consider multiparty monitoring of Middle East Fork Project

By Michael Howell

Feeling left in the dark following a large public closure in the area of the Middle East Fork Fuel Reduction Project, two conservation groups, who have a case pending in federal court against the US Forest Service over the project, a group of professors from the Bolle Institute at the University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation, and at least one local landowner have asked the Forest Service to establish a multiparty monitoring process for the project. More...

Revised impact fee legislation in the works

By Michael Howell

Because of concerns expressed by local communities seeking to implement impact fees pursuant to recent legislation (Senate Bill 185), Ravalli County Attorney George Corn, Professor John Horwich and the University of Montana Land Use Clinic, have prepared revisions of the law that they hope will be considered by the 2007 Legislature. More...

Christmas Tree Blowout! Strong winds flattened the Christmas trees on sale in the parking lot of Super 1 Foods near Stevensville last Friday and overturned the wooden building used as a sales booth. The stand was back in business later that afternoon. The winds toppled numerous trees and did minor damage throughout the valley, but the Bitterroot fared better than many other areas of the West, with winds gusting to 125 mph on the Rocky Mountain Front. Michael Howell photo.

Stevensville Community Center Complex to purchase school land

By Michael Howell

Although the actual price and other details have yet to be worked out, the Stevensville School Board passed a resolution of intent to sell a 4.5 acre tract of land to the Stevensville Community Center Complex, Inc. (SCCC), which already owns some adjacent acreage. The SCC has been leasing the 4.5 acres from the school district with a plan for shared use as a parking lot. The plan also called for shared use by the school of the proposed community center facilities. More...

County Attorney grilled over transition to five-member Commission

By Michael Howell

County Attorney George Corn was ostensibly called before the County Commissioners on Monday to answer the question as to whether the Commissioners needed to call for an election in the case of the upcoming special election of five commissioners required by a successful ballot initiative. Commission Chairman Greg Chilcott said that he called the meeting because the law seemed to state that the governing body, meaning the Board of County Commissioners, must convene within 20 days of the passage of the ballot issue and call for an election. More...


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