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Volume XXIII, Number 30

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Electric fencing stimulates songbird habitat

By Greg Lemon

This time of year, a stroll through the Bitterroot River bottoms will demonstrate one thing: there is no shortage of whitetail deer.

All it takes a few crunchy footsteps on the dry leaves blanketing the ground and deer will raise their whitetails high in the air and bound away in all directions. More...

Sam Lawry, director of conservation at The Teller, is hoping the four acres enclosed by the new electric fencing will return to a natural and healthy riparian habitat to support a wide variety of migrating song birds. Lary and volunteers erected the fence last summer, which was purchased, in part, with grant money frm the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Greg Lemon photo.

Without the pressure of feeding whitetail deer, cottonwood shoots withing the enclosure at The Teller are already showing through the mat of autumn leaves. Greg Lemon photo.

Group seeking donations to help countywide planning effort

By Greg Lemon

Last year, an ad hoc group of citizens involved in the Ravalli County zoning process, decided it was going to take more money than the county could pony up, so they went looking for more funds.

That pursuit led them to the Brainerd Foundation, a Seattle-based non-profit conservation organization, said David Schultz, a member of the Ravalli County planning board’s land use subcommittee. More...

Baucus hears rural health care needs and concerns

By Greg Lemon

Rural health providers are facing challenges on several levels, said Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, at a lunch forum in Hamilton Thursday.

The struggle with Medicare reimbursements are hurting family physicians and urban hospitals and health facilities are siphoning money away from rural hospitals, Baucus told about 80 local citizens and health care professionals during the hour-long forum at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. More...

Despite regulations, streamside property still valuable

By Greg Lemon

Streamside property in Montana is valuable, no matter the restrictions on it, said Rocky Haralson, Montana Department of Revenue’s Region 4 bureau chief.

“Proximity to water is everything,” Haralson told about 60 people at a meeting of Ravalli County’s streamside setback committee last week. More...


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