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Volume XXVI, Number 21

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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Rescued donkeys arrive in the Bitterroot

By Michael Howell

About 30 donkeys and a miniature horse were brought to the Bitterroot Valley for veterinary care last week by a coalition of Montana animal rescue groups that have stepped in to handle the disposition of over 1,000 large animals, including around 700 llamas, over 100 horses, two bison, two camels, emus, sheep, goats, and cattle, that currently reside north of Hot Springs, Montana at the Montana Large Animal Sanctuary and Rescue. More...

A coalition of animal care groups came together east of Corvallis last week to provide farrier work and veterinarian care for 30 donkeys rescued from an animal rescue facility near Hot Springs that had run out of money and then out of food for over 1,200 large animals being kept on the 400-acre spread. Michael Howell photo.

Shannon Alexander (holding the lead rope) of Western Montana Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation of Corvallis and Phyllis Ruana of the Montana Animal Care Association of Corvallis prepare one of the rescued donkeys to have its grotesquely overgrown hooves trimmed. Michael Howell photo.

The Montana Office of the Humane Society of the United States paid to have farriers come in from around the state to deal with the donkeys’ overgrown hooves. Here, Rob Detlaff from Melrose, after carefully cutting the hoof down to size, prepares to do some final filing on what will remain a tender foot for some time. Detlaff said that one serious concern was the degree of damage to the laminate that binds the hoof to the foot. He said the animals would be monitored to be sure they are recovering properly. He said that from his experience the animals would have to have gone more than a couple of years without care for their hooves to be in this kind of condition. Michael Howell photo.

Gravel pit proposal draws concerns

By Michael Howell

A proposed gravel pit on a property off of Alpenglow Road south of Stevensville went before the County Commissioners last week. Under state law a property owner may remove up to 10,000 cubic yards of gravel from a pit under one acre in size without getting a permit. Operations over one acre in size and removing over 10,000 cubic yards of material requires an open pit mining permit from the Department of Environmental Quality. Although the proposed gravel pit is not large enough to trigger the DEQ permitting process there was a need to get a floodplain permit as the land in question is in the designated floodplain. More...

Merry Christmas from All of Us at the Star! The Bitterroot Star circulation crew prepares your paper for delivery every week. Pictured (l to r): Marissa Lewis, McKenzie Sebastian, Jenny Pepprock, Aubrey Howell, Marcus LeCoure, Caroline Easton and Kyra Cenis. Not pictured: Riley Slaughter. Your paper carriers also wish you a Merry Christmas: Jubal Johnson, Paul Brush, Abby Simons and Serica Lucas. Jean Schurman photo.

Two more ‘open lands’ projects approved

Two conservation easements approved in Burnt Fork area

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners, last Thursday, December 16, unanimously approved funding the purchase of two separate but adjoining Conservation Easements near Stevensville in the Burnt Fork drainage and along Sunset Bench through the county’s Open Lands Bond Program. The two easements together would place about 717 acres of agricultural land and wildlife habitat along a one-mile stretch of the lower portion of Sunset Bench and across the bottom land of the Burnt Fork drainage as far north as Middle Burnt Fork Road under protection from future development…forever. The deals do hang upon the approval of further funds from the federal Farm and Ranch Protection Program, however. Both parties are seeking funding from that program to complete the deals. More...

Commissioners support recycling grant application

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners on Friday, December 17, reached consensus on passing a Resolution of Support to aid in the efforts of Ravalli County Recycling, Inc. in future grant applications. More...


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