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Volume XXIII, Number 26

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

End of an era approaching

Daly cottonwoods to come down

By Michael Howell

Although some parts of Marcus Daly's legacy in the valley seem destined to last in perpetuity, like the massive Daly Ditch project still providing much needed irrigation water to the east side of the valley and his mansion that has been preserved as an historical monument, some parts are destined to disappear, like the magnificent and stately Daly Cottonwoods that line so many of the valley's irrigation ditches and roadsides. The reason being that these majestic giants have a limited lifetime and though it is a long one, about 100 years, their time has about run out. More...

Cottonwoods on Fairgrounds Road, a Hamilton landmark, are slated to come down. Michael Howell photo.

Sheriff faces funding crisis

Demand for mental health services rising

By Michael Howell

Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman told the County Commissioners last week that his office is facing a severe funding crisis. Hoffman said that his office has no choice when it comes to responding to emergency calls but it is not currently being funded at a level adequate to meet the county's growing demands. More...

County citizens get an education on zoning

By Greg Lemon

Nearly 150 Ravalli County residents went to school Saturday, learning about the history and philosophy of zoning, as well as the tools available to aid them in their quest to assist in countywide zoning. More...

Hamilton PAC performing in the red

Hamilton School District considering options

By Michael Howell

The Hamilton Performing Arts Center has been operating in the red and the Hamilton School Board, which has been funding the program, is looking for a remedy. According to Hamilton High School Superintendent Duby Santee, the Hamilton PAC lost approximately $15,000 in the 2006-2007 school year and the school board is not willing to continue running the performing arts series at a loss. More...

Attempt to modify Interim Zoning fails

By Michael Howell

An attempt by County Commissioner Greg Chilcott last Wednesday to amend the Interim Zoning Regulations which limit subdivisions to one dwelling per two acres did not pass muster. The consideration, instead, was tabled until next August. More...


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