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Volume XXV, Number 28

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

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Rotary wants drunk drivers off the roads

By Michael Howell

The Hamilton Rotary invited local officials and legislators to a luncheon forum last week to discuss the problem of Driving Under the Influence in the state. County Attorney George Corn was the featured speaker, but Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman and Montana Highway Patrol Captain Tom Hamilton also spoke. Legislators Jim Shockley, Gary McLaren and Bob Lake were also in attendance. More...

Senator John Tester made a whirlwind tour of the Bitterroot Valley last Saturday, lending an ear to the needs and concerns of local officials and businesses throughout the valley. He started the day by having breakfast with all five of the County Commissioners and from there moved on to a tour of the Ravalli Entrepreneurship Center and Great Bear Restoration in Hamilton. That afternoon he visited Selway Corporation in Stevensville (pictured) and then Bitterroot Machine and Tool, located north of town. Michael Howell photo.

Judge rules on pre-trial motions in floodplain case

By Michael Howell

District Court Judge James Haynes has issued a lengthy 73-page ruling on several pre-trial motions in the case of Tom and Charlotte Robak versus Ravalli County. The couple took the county to court after the county issued a cease and desist letter asking them to stop construction on their new home located along the banks of the West Fork of the Bitterroot River until it could be determined if the activity was in violation of the county floodplain regulations. More...

County updating addresses for emergency response

Ravalli County is in the process of updating its emergency 911 dispatch system to a computer-assisted enhanced-911 system. The new system will aid dispatchers and emergency responders in locating residences in the event of an emergency. But in order for the system to function properly, physical address numbers must comply with certain requirements. These include properly named streets and logically ordered address numbers. More...

Manager Denelle Pappier invites you to the newly-opened Bison Internet Café at 164 S. 3rd Street in Hamilton (363-2222) with regular operating hours of 4 to 10 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. The business offers a sliding fee scale for computer use, along with gourmet coffee and teas, juices and snack foods for sale. Besides the five computer stations, Bison Internet Café is WiFi-hot for free connectivity from your own computer. Relax in the comfortable environment; meet friends for a chat over beverages or come in for a quick check of your e-mail. The Bison Internet Cafe is designed to provide a safe, comfortable evening alternative to bars and casinos. The project is partly funded by a “Recovery Grant” from the Addictions and Mental Disorders Division of the Department of Public Health and Human Services. Michael Howell photo.

Hamilton police officer involved in shooting back on the job

By Michael Howell

Hamilton Police Chief Ryan Oster told the Hamilton City Council last week that Officer Ross Jessop, who was involved in a fatal shooting last January, had been cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident and was returning to work. More...

Stevi Main Street Association seeks funds for streetscape improvement project

By Michael Howell

The Stevensville Main Street Association (SMSA) approached the County Commissioners last week seeking some of the county’s Community Transportation Enhancement Program funds to help pay for planned streetscape improvements through downtown Stevensville. The state’s CTEP funds are distributed to counties for final disbursement and the County currently sits on about $400,000 in available funds. They expect to receive another $186,000 in July. More...


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