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Volume XXIII, Number 23

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Lost Horse Quarry proposal boils over again

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners, after giving the minimum public notice required by state law, that is 48 hours notice, held a meeting on January 2, 2008 to consider approval of a County Road and Bridge Department proposal to mine the Lost Horse Quarry. County Commission Chairperson Carlotta Grandstaff announced immediately however, that despite meeting the legal deadline for public notification, "it seemed prudent" to postpone any action on the issue until Friday, January 11, when another meeting has been scheduled to ensure the chance for adequate public participation. The Commission then proceeded to solicit input from County Road and Bridge Department Supervisor David Ohnstad and the public about the project. More...

A sparrow waits for an opportunity at a winter feeding station. Jean Schurman photo.

A clearer picture on the costs of development

By Greg Lemon

In terms of operating costs, new residential development in Ravalli County appears to be paying its way, according to a new fiscal impact analysis model presented to county commissioners Monday morning. More...

Hamilton offers Shook $5,000 for option to purchase

By Michael Howell

The Hamilton City Council made a decision at a special meeting held on the last day of the year, December 31, 2007, to offer Garry Shook and Plumtree Properties $5,000 for an option to purchase about 66 acres of land south of town. The city council is eyeing the land as potential parkland along the river as well as potential building sites for administration, fire or police services. If Shook should accept the offer, it would give the city 90 days to do "due diligence" with respect to investigating the possibility of purchasing the property. It would give the city the right of first refusal on any other offers presented in the meantime. If the right of first refusal was not exercised, the city would get the $5,000 option to purchase cost returned. If anything else goes awry with the deal, however, the city eats the $5,000 loss which is otherwise non-refundable. More...

Group seeks grant to aid in planning for highway corridor

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners agreed last week to join with the City of Hamilton, the Stevensville Main Street Association and the Bitterroot Good Neighbors Coalition in offering letters of support to the Bitter Root Cultural Heritage Trust (BRCHT) in its effort to secure grant funds to support a workshop aimed at facilitating planning along the Highway 93 corridor. BRCHT is applying to the National Endowment for the Arts for a $22,000 grant to be used to help sponsor a Your Town Workshop in the valley as part of the Phase II efforts at countywide zoning. Although the proposal is only preliminary in form, the money will be used generally to pay for a workshop by professionals geared towards the issues that surround development within the transportation corridor of Highway 93. More...


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