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Volume XXIII, Number 25

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Ready for business: Open Lands Board looking for projects

By Greg Lemon

After less than a year of work, the Ravalli County Open Lands Board, and the program it represents, is ready for business.

"We're ready to start looking at projects," said Open Lands Board chairman, Dan Walker. More...

Clear and sunny, but...cold! Cats enjoy Monday's sunshine in spite of bitter temperatures. In Stevensville thermometers registered 8 below zero Monday morning, but are expected to warm into the mid-20's by Friday. Jean Schurman photo.

Bitterroot Valley aquifers assessed

By Michael Howell

Bitterroot Valley residents got a chance to hear about the state's latest groundwater assessment of the area and examine the relation of ground water quantity and quality issues to the subdivision review process last week at Hamilton City Hall. A panel of state and local officials answered questions from the public following brief presentations by John LaFave of the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology (MBMG) and Eric Regensberger from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). More...

Panel members at a recent symposium on ground water in the Bitterroot Valley included, left to right: Steve Kilbreath, DEQ; Lea Jordan, Ravalli County Director of Environmental Health Department; John LaFave, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, Groundwater Assesment Program; Eric Regensberger, DEQ; Bill Schultz, DNRC; and Bonnie Lovelace, DEQ. Michael Howell photo.

Purchase option on Shook property falls short

By Michael Howell

The $5,000 offer for a purchase option on 66 acres south of town by the Hamilton City Council was rejected by property owner Garry Shook last week. The city had hoped to gain an option to buy that would give them 90 days to perform due diligence on the option to purchase the land valued at about $1.7 million. More...

Lost Horse Quarry mining proposal tabled indefinitely

By Michael Howell

The proposal by the Ravalli County Road and Bridge Department to mine Lost Horse Quarry, which morphed from an original proposal to mine road aggregate into one for stockpiling riprap material, has been indefinitely tabled by the County Commissioners. More...

Kidney for Katelyn?

Katelyn Atkinson is the 12-year-old Stevensville girl in need of a kidney. One of the most essential bits of information about her needs was inadvertently left out of last week's story about her condition. It became immediately apparent when the newspaper received an inquiry from one prospective donor wondering what blood type was required. The answer is O positive or O negative. More...

Katelyn Atkinson, 12-year-old Stevensville girl in need of a kidney.


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