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Volume XXIII, Number 29

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Stevi School Board votes to place levies on ballot

By Michael Howell

At its regularly scheduled meeting on February 12, the Stevensville School Board of Trustees voted to place both an Elementary School and High School levy before the voters on May 6. This was done with no set values being placed on the levies or any definite designation of the potential use of the funds. It was done following Superintendent Kent Kultgen’s recommendation in order to meet deadline requirements for placing measures on the ballot and simply ensures that the options remain open. After detailed discussion and examination it may be decided later not to place them on the ballot, but without a decision to do so at this time they could not be placed on the ballot. More...

Stevensville artist Patricia Don Diego with barn doors she painted. See story inside. Gretchen Langton photo.

Stevensville Town Council

By Michael Howell

Possible changes in water rights discussed

At its February 11, meeting the Stevensville Town Council discussed possible changes in its water rights in relation to the annexation of the Twin Creeks Subdivision south of Middle Burnt Fork Road. The subdivision, being developed by John Anderson, was approved on November 26, 2007, and would create 117 residential units on 42.27 acres. Part of the deal would possibly involve abandoning the town’s current infiltration gallery located two miles up the Burnt Fork as well as three other existing wells in town and consolidating all of the Town’s water rights into a well field on property within the subdivision. It might also involve the transfer of existing water rights on the subdivision property to the Town. More...

Newly hired BRLT director Gavin Ricklefs with wife Stacy and son Andrew.

Bitter Root Land Trust hires new director

By Greg Lemon

Gavin Ricklefs, a local attorney with a passion for land conservation and the Bitterroot Valley, has been named the new director of the Bitter Root Land Trust. More...

County and communities look to work together on zoning

By Greg Lemon

Countywide zoning is going to impact the communities of Ravalli County, but just what those impacts are and how the county and towns will work together to limit or mitigate them are, as yet, unanswered questions. More...


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