Bitterroot Star getting to the heart of local
By Greg Lemon
When they met in Missoulas Mammyth Bakery over 30 years ago, neither Michael or Victoria Howell thought theyd spend their lives running a community newspaper.
But in 1985 they started the Stevensville Star, which they later renamed the Bitterroot Star. When they started the paper, the couple was new to the newspaper business, but they saw a need in the community. More...
Star expands circulation, opens second office
Everyone at the Bitterroot Star newspaper wants to extend a warm welcome to the new readers in the Hamilton and Stevensville city limits who may be receiving the newspaper for the first time, as it is now being delivered at no charge to the doorstep of every residence and business within the limits of those two municipalities. The newspaper will also now be available in news stands up and down the valley at no charge from Darby to Missoula. This has upped the number of papers we print each week to 10,000. More...
Open burning season in full swing. Montanas open burning season began March 1. The mild weather of the past few days prompted many Bitterroot Valley residents to torch their accumulated wood and plant debris. By Monday afternoon, the clear, sunny sky seen on Sunday was giving way to the smoke. , the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) reminds those who conduct open burning that only clean, untreated wood and plant material can be burned. It is illegal to burn waste generated from residences such as tires, baling twine, plastic, treated or painted lumber, dead animals or animal waste. Open burning season runs through August 31.
Darby pushes back against countywide zoning
By Greg Lemon
The message was clear: Darby wants out.
We the people of the Darby Montana school district demand that we not be included in a Ravalli County zoning district. That all efforts to include the Darby school district CEASE AND DESIST immediately. More...
Ravalli County receives grant to help with citizen outreach
By Greg Lemon
Ravalli County has received a grant to fund mailings to inform citizens about the countywide zoning process.
The $3,000 grant is through the Public Policy Research Institute at the University of Montana, which received the grant from the Brainerd Foundation, said Karen Hughes, director of the Ravalli County planning department. More...
Planning Department may crash due to overload
By Michael Howell
Ravalli County Planning Director Karen Hughes told the County Commissioners last week that her department could crash from an overload of work if something is not done soon to alleviate things. She said that she was looking to the commissioners for some direction as to how to handle the crunch. She said that priorities needed to be reviewed because not everything could get done. More...
Mountain snowpack better than average
February mountain precipitation was 109 percent of average. Water year precipitation is 105 percent of average. West of the Continental Divide, the Columbia River Basin February mountain precipitation was 113 percent of average. East of the Continental Divide, the Missouri River Basin was 105 percent of average; the St. Mary River Basin was 126 percent of average; and the Yellowstone River Basin was 101 percent of average. More...
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