Bitterroot Star Masthead

Volume XVIII, Number 24
Wednesday, January 8, 2003

Haynes sworn in as district court judge

By Michael Howell

     Ravalli County officially gained a second District Court Judge, as Jim Haynes, who was elected to the position last November, was sworn into office by Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Karla Gray.

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Ravalli County commissioners adopt Growth Policy

By Michael Howell

     In a two to one vote, with Commissioner Betty Lund voting against it, Ravalli County Commissioners Alan Thompson and Jack Atthowe adopted a Growth Policy as recommended and amended by the Ravalli County Planning Board.

Lawsuit questions validity of Rural Fire Districts

By Michael Howell

     On December 9, Florence resident and retired District Court Judge E. Gardner Brownlee filed suit against Missoula County questioning the validity of the authority granted to the Missoula Rural Fire District and the ≥special tax≤ enacted to support it.

Tension growing between Stevi mayor and some council members

By Michael Howell

     Some tension has developed between Stevensville Mayor Pat Groninger and some council members over their respective roles and responsibilities and certain policies and procedures. At one point the Council decided to hold a workshop on policies and procedures only to have the mayor cancel it.

Meet your neighbor
Joel Fairfield, Stevensville Police Officer

By Jean Schurman

     His mode of transportation is well-known and easily sighted with the red and blue lights on the roof. His blue uniform has been seen around town for several years. But now there is a new SPD 3.

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