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Volume XXV, Number 19

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Check out the new Bitterroot Star blog!

Some 2010 ballot initiatives in circulation

By Michael Howell

As of Sunday, the Montana Secretary of State’s Office has received 19 proposed ballot issues for the November 2, 2010, general election. More...

The historic Bass House was full to bursting on Saturday night, December 5, as the Stevensville community turned out for an event to raise money for the Stevensville Main Street Association. Jim Pfau and Bill McNulty (top right) used the stairwell to conduct an auction. Local dignitaries in attendance for the dinner which was catered by Olde Coffee Mill and served by members of the high school Key Club, included Mayor Susan Evans and Mayor-elect Lew Barnett (at left) and School Superintendent Kent Kultgen. Keana Fecteau photo.

Corvallis students place third in Science Olympiad

By Michael Howell

A team of students from Corvallis Middle School placed third in the state in Montana’s 25th annual Science Olympiad last month. The competition was hosted by the Science Math Resource Center at Montana State University in Bozeman on November 24. More...

Corvallis Science Olympiad team

Dept. of Revenue claims property reappraisal wash for state

Dan Bucks, Director of the Montana Department of Revenue, has written every county in the state and all the news media stating that the government is not gaining a windfall from the latest property reappraisal. More...

Attorney fees awarded in Mitchell Slough case

By Michael Howell

In a ruling issued on December 2, 2009, Missoula District Judge Robert Deschamps III granted award of attorney’s fees to the Bitterroot River Protection Association (BRPA) in the Mitchell Slough case. BRPA sought fees from both the landowners along the slough and the Bitterroot Conservation District (BCD). The judge awarded the attorney’s fees to be paid to BRPA by the landowners, including Walter Babcock, Huey Lewis, Ken Siebel, Charles Schwab and others, as well as Marnell Corrao Associates, Inc., owner of the Double Fork Ranch, which intervened separately from the other landowners. The court found that the BCD would not be held liable for any of the fees. More...

FWP seeks comment on petition to close waterfowl hunting on portion of Mitchell Slough

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking public comment on their recommendation on how to respond to a landowner-initiated petition to close waterfowl hunting on a portion of the Mitchell Slough in the Bitterroot Valley. More...


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