Bitterroot Star Masthead

Volume XIX, Number 30

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

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'Origins' issue provides food for thought

King's Castle Childcare, 0-3 years, opening March 1, 880-7258

Stevi takes divisional championship, Florence takes district

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Owner of the Double Fork Ranch, Anthony Marnell, apparently has quite a bit at stake in the ongoing dispute over the status of Mitchell Slough. He has built his home over a small branch of the slough called Brushy Creek. Marnell claims that Brushy Creek and Mitchell Slough are ditches and not subject to 310 Law or Stream Access Law. BRPA members claim that he has built his home, complete with a glass floor for watching the fish, over a branch of the Bitterroot River. They are asking in a lawsuit that he and some other landowners along the slough, including Charles Schwab, Huey Lewis, Ken Siebel and Walter Babcock, be permanently prohibited from interfering with fishermen exercising their rights of access to the slough.

Animals die in RML accident

By Michael Howell

Several monkeys and hamsters being used in experiments at the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton were found dead on Sunday, February 8. It has been determined that the animals died due to complications of hypothermia as a result of high temperatures caused by a malfunction in the heating system at the lab. More...

Portage route requests delayed

By Michael Howell

Two portage route requests filed by the Bitterroot River Protection Association, Inc. (BRPA) have been put on hold and tied to a pending court case between the BRPA and the Bitterroot Conservation District. In that case BRPA has challenged the recent decision by the Conservation District that Mitchell Slough is not a "natural perennial flowing stream" and thus not subject to the District's jurisdiction under the Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act of 1975, commonly referred to as "310 Law." Under 310 Law landowners are required to get a permit from the Conservation District before doing any work on the bed or banks of natural perennially flowing streams. More...

Council to decide on Arbors Subdivision

By Michael Howell

The Hamilton City Council met as a "Committee of the Whole" last week and considered remanding the proposed Arbors Subdivision back to the City Planning Board based upon new information that had emerged since the Planning Board had made their recommendation for approval. More...

Hamilton may get one or two new traffic signals

By Michael Howell

After reviewing data and a request by the City of Hamilton and performing a field study, Montana Department of Transportation Director Dave Galt recently informed Hamilton City officials that, in his department's view, a traffic light at the intersection of Pine Street and Highway 93 was warranted and justified. More...


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