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Volume XXVI, Number 27

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

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County Treasurer needs help

By Michael Howell

Newly elected Ravalli County Treasurer Mary Hudson came before the County Commissioners at a hastily scheduled meeting last Friday, January 28 seeking approval to hire a new tax clerk. What she got was a verbal thrashing from the Commissioners for her inability to fulfill some basic functions of her office such as a monthly reconciliation of the county's books and the investment of funds. More...

Group hopes to continue recycling at fairgrounds

By Michael Howell

As part of a series of meetings it has been holding, aimed at gathering community input into its Grand Plan for future use and development of the Ravalli County Fairgrounds, the Ravalli County Fair Board hosted a presentation by Ravalli County Recycling, Inc. and Habitat for Humanity about how the Fair Board and the citizens could benefit, both directly and indirectly, by including these organizations in its future development plans. The meeting was held at the First Interstate Building at the Fairgrounds on Thursday, January 27. More...

Hamilton Council adopts Master Park Plans

By Michael Howell At its January 18 meeting the Hamilton City Council, by a narrow 3 to 2 vote, approved Master Park Plans for both Legion Park and River Park. The price tag on the planned improvements is $630,000 for Legion Park and $315,000 for River Park. More...

Stevi Council rescinds policy on seeking legal counsel

By Michael Howell

After a lesson from Montana Municipal Insurance Association representatives at a general education forum held on January 11, the Stevensville Town Council, at its most recent meeting on January 18, rescinded a recent policy that was adopted that would require any town councilor or town employee to first inform the Mayor that they are requesting a legal opinion from the town's attorney. The problem is, according to Councilor Dan Mullan, that no one outside the Mayor and the sitting Council has the legal authority to seek a legal opinion from the town¹s attorney. More...

Stockgrowers honor Rennaker

By Jean Schurman

Dwain Rennaker of Darby was honored Saturday night at the annual Bitterroot Stockgrowers¹ Banquet in Stevensville. Citing his lifetime commitment to the livestock industry, Stockgrower president Randy Maxwell presented Rennaker with a plaque, and his wife Lillian Rennaker a lovely plant. Their son Loyd then gave a moving slideshow tribute to Rennaker and his many years in agriculture. More...

Dwain and Lillian Rennaker were honored by the Bitteroot Stockgrowers at their annual banquet last Saturday in Stevensville. Jean Schurman photo.

Oversize loads headed our way

By Michael Howell

It's been a long haul already for Conoco Phillips just to get the required permits, but the rubber was scheduled to hit the road on Tuesday, February 1, beginning the real haul of two giant coke drums destined for its refinery in Billings. More...


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