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Volume XXV, Number 30

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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County examines Community Wildfire Protection Plan

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners began a re-examination of the county’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) last week that may involve adoption of recently drafted maps that specifically outline the lands that lie within the designated Wildland/Urban Interface (WUI) area in the county. The WUI is a defined zone where structures mingle with undeveloped wildland fire fuels. More...

Canada geese take advantage of open space feeding opportunities on lawn of Marcus Daly Hospital in Hamilton. Jean Schurman photo.

Old garbage complicates Hamilton sewer project

By Michael Howell

Discovery of old garbage and ashes from the City’s previous dumping and burning practices has complicated the City of Hamilton‘s Wastewater Treatment Plant Phase I project improvements. Public works director Keith Smith told the City Council members last Tuesday, February 16, that discovery of the old garbage and ashes under the compost bed sites raised a question about the adequacy of the ground for supporting the footings for the proposed roof to be constructed over the compost beds. More...

Corvallis project gets CTEP funds

The Ravalli County Commissioners agreed to award $112,000 in CTEP funds for a scaled back project to construct a pedestrian walkway along the Eastside Highway adjacent to the Corvallis School District property. More...

County will rewrite contract for purchase of Search and Rescue building

By Michael Howell

When the County Commissioners recently approved up to $600,000 for the purchase of a building on the north end of Hamilton for use by Ravalli County Search and Rescue (RCSR), members of the RCSR Board of Directors thought it meant that they had authorization to purchase the building and they moved ahead. A deal was negotiated and a buy-sell agreement was signed by that board with the seller, Farmers State Bank. But Deputy County Attorney Dan Browder told the Commissioners on Friday, February 19, that he thought it was a bum deal. More...

Commissioners rachet up payments for indigent burials

By Michael Howell

The county has had a longstanding contract with the valley’s funeral homes to provide funds for indigent burials. But that contract has not been honored for a long time. More...

Clerk and Recorder seeks election judges

Ravalli County Clerk and Recorder Regina Plettenberg has announced two days of training sessions for anyone interested in serving as an election judge at any of the county’s 18 voting precincts over the next two years. More...

Lease renewed for Hamilton Golf Course

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners decided last Friday, February 19, to renew the lease agreement with the Hamilton Golf Course, Inc. A ten-year lease agreement with the non-profit organization is set to expire this summer. The Commissioners agreed on a 4 to 1 vote to renew the lease subject to approval of the new agreement by the County Attorney’s office. Discussion of the lease included a lengthy discussion of the complaints registered by adjacent landowners Dave and Kathy Brady. Commissioner Jim Rokosch cast the lone dissenting vote primarily due to the safety issues raised by the Bradys. More...

Twin culverts pose a hazard

By Michael Howell

The twin culverts pictured look relatively benign as the low flows of the Supply Ditch pass through them under East Second Street in Stevensville. But come March 15, when the irrigation season legally begins, things could change drastically, according to a letter recently sent to the Ravalli County Road and Bridge Department by Hans McPherson, President of the Supply Ditch Association. More...


Last week's story "County examines septage dumping" contained some information concerning the state and county regulations governing septic installation and how a septic system works which was obtained from the Ravalli County Planning Office. According to Rod Daniels of the Ravalli County Environmental Health Department, that information was authored by him, as was the unattributed "Tips for using, protecting your septic system."

Hamilton Council to address sale of medical marijuana

At the next Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 25 at 7 pm at City Hall, the Hamilton City Council will consider a possible moratorium and/or potential regulations governing the sale of medical marijuana within the City limits.


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