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Volume XXIV, Number 29

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

School, pantry agree on lease

Voters will have the final say

By Michael Howell

At its most recent meeting, Tuesday, February 10, the Stevensville School Board unanimously approved leasing an acre of land to Pantry Partners, a local service organization that provides free food to those in need. The organization plans on erecting a building that will house both the food distribution center and the Clothes Closet free store. On February 12, the Pantry Partners board of directors agreed to accept the school’s offer. The only glitch now is that the whole deal must go on the next school district ballot to be finally approved by the public. More...

Breaking ground on the new Head Start building on the north end of the Stevensville School campus while appreciative preschoolers watch, are (l to r): Jay Milligan, Chairman of the Board of Ravalli Head Start; Bill Goslin, School Board Chairman; Paul Ludington, President of the Stevensville Town Council and Director of School Transportation; John Filz, Executive Director of Ravalli Head Start and Kent Kultgen, Stevensville School Superintendent. Michael Howell photo.

Head Start breaks ground on Stevi preschool

By Michael Howell

From 1995 through the spring of 2007, Ravalli Head Start, Inc. operated a single classroom facility on the Lone Rock School campus until a septic system failure and the discovery of mold in the building forced the program to move. It relocated to the Fellowship Room of the Lone Rock Bible Church, where it operated through May 2008. This year, the program is in temporary space in an upstairs room above the new gym at the Stevensville School. More...

GSK supports Ravalli Entrepreneurship Center

By Michael Howell

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), an international pharmaceutical company with a facility located north of Hamilton, has stepped forward to play a key role in supporting the efforts of the Ravalli County Economic Development Agency (RCEDA), in developing the Ravalli Entrepreneurship Center (REC) to be located on four acres of land off of Old Corvallis Road. The proposed 16,000-square-foot facility will cost an estimated $3.2 million to build and will serve primarily as a business incubator. More...

RCEDA Director Julie Foster spoke at the first official gathering of the Ravalli Entrepreneurship Center. The gathering was held last week at GSK's new dining facility on its laboratory campus south of Corvallis. Foster said groundbreaking for the proposed 16,000-square-foot facility was planned for early 2009 and a grand opening was planned for the fall. The facility would be located on four acres of land on Old Corvallis Road. Michael Howell photo.

Michael Covarrubias, Site Director of GSK's Hamilton operation. Michael Howell photo.

Hamilton Council hears from regional economic development corporation

By Michael Howell

Dick King of the Missoula Area Economic Development Corporation (MAEDC) addressed the members of the Hamilton City Council at its February 3 meeting about the Certified Regional Development Corporation (CRDC) and the benefits of cooperating with Missoula County in a regional approach to economic development. More...


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