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Volume XXIII, Number 18

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Supreme Court halts implementation of subdivision lawsuit settlement

By Michael Howell

The Montana Supreme Court issued a ruling last week that effectively stops the county from implementing a settlement agreement it entered into over a federal lawsuit involving 11 subdivisions until the appeal of the District Court's denial of a preliminary injunction can be resolved. The settlement agreement allows the subdivisions to be processed despite the fact that they do not meet the voter-mandated restrictions imposed by Interim Zoning that prohibit subdivisions from creating any lots smaller than two acres. More...

Desera Towle, secretary of the Stevensville Civic Club and owner of Towle House Realty, braved Saturday's cold to help decorate downtown Stevensville for the Gift Fair this weekend and the holiday season in general. Here she's stringing lights in Creamery Garden Park. The weekend's events will kick off Friday with the Senior Social at St. Maryıs Family Center at 3 p.m. and the Community Tree Decorating at 5:30 p.m. at Veteran's Park. Jean Schurman photo.

Twin Creeks subdivision gets preliminary approval by Stevi council

By Michael Howell

The Stevensville Town Council gave preliminary approval, Monday, November 26, to the Twin Creeks subdivision, a proposed 117-lot development on 42 acres located on the east side of Middle Burnt Fork Road. The property has not yet been annexed into the Town. Following the advice of Town Attorney Keithi Worthington, the council gave the preliminary approval prior to annexing the property into the town. Although the preliminary approval would be a worthless act if the property is not annexed into the city, both Worthington and consulting engineer for the development, Nathan Lucke, called the approval with conditions a "contract" between the Town and the developers John and Kristie Anderson and Rebecca Thoft. The Andersons own a 40-acre parcel and Thoft owns an adjoining 2-acre parcel that would be included in the subdivision. The contract would ostensibly become valid once the property is actually annexed into the Town. More...

More problems for Creekside Meadows

By Michael Howell

Developers of Creekside Meadows, Arlo and Jean Ellison, have had a passle of problems in installing the 155-lot subdivision that was approved on the east side of Stevensville. Now they face a few more. More...

Turmoil continues over Victor Park District

By Michael Howell

Turmoil continues over the Victor Park District. On Monday the Ravalli County Commissioners served as a sounding board for the third time in the last few weeks as members of the Victor Youth Athletic Association and some other members of the community squared off against members of the Victor Park District board of directors in an ongoing dispute primarily over funding for the Ball Field and the Victor Garden Club. More...


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