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Volume XXV, Number 27

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

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Stevi mayor, new councilors take oath of office in public

By Michael Howell

Stevensville Mayor Lew Barnett and Council members Robin Holcomb, Desera Towle and Pat Groninger took their oaths of office for a second time, this time in public, at the January 25 meeting of the Stevensville Town Council. More...

Newly elected Mayor of Stevensville Lew Barnett seemed to actually enjoy the opportunity to take his oath of office for a second time, this time in a public forum. Barnett has said publicly on more than one occasion that one of his main goals as mayor is to make the town government “transparent and open to the public.” He also got unanimous approval from the new Council, at its last meeting, to say the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of every council meeting. Newly elected Stevensville Town Council members Robin Holcomb, Desera Towle and Pat Groninger all took a second oath of office, along with Mayor Lew Barnett, following a challenge to the original private oath taking ceremony held at former Mayor Susan Evans’ home on December 31. Holcomb cast the lone dissenting vote against re-taking the oath in public. Michael Howell photo.

Stevi to challenge denial of water right application

Water/sewer rate hikes in the works

By Michael Howell

The Town of Stevensville has received word that its water right application with the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) for its proposed new well field, tied to the approval of the Twin Creeks subdivision, has been denied. More...

Recycling business to close

There is an old saying, “You never know what you’ve got, till it’s gone.”

If that’s true, residents of Ravalli County may soon come to know what it means to have a recycling center in the valley, once they don’t have one anymore. More...

Group asks for further analysis of proposed septage dump site

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Fish and Wildlife Association has written to Governor Brian Schweitzer and a few other officials, including Richard H. Opper, Director, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Joe Maurier, Director, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Renai Hill, DEQ Waste & Underground Tank Management, asking them to delay the pending decision on permitting a proposed septage dumpsite near Stevensville. More...

Stevi school hires Kalispell firm to manage building project

By Michael Howell

At a special school board meeting held Tuesday, January 26, the Stevensville School Board of Trustees agreed to hire, with a few conditions, Swank Enterprises of Kalispell as the contract manager at risk to manage the construction of a new school building on campus. The $8.8 million building project was approved by voters last November. The project calls for a new 4-8 building, and a percentage of a music center, multipurpose room, stage and kitchen, and the demolition of the junior high building, 4-6 building and junior high shop and English building. More...


The Hamilton Downtown Business Improvement District made a donation of $2000 to the Hamilton Performing Arts Council, not $10,000 as was stated in last week’s Star.


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