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Volume XXV, Number 34

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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Homeowners reconstruct river

By Michael Howell

A couple of homeowners with homes perched atop a high bluff along the west bank of the Bitterroot River north of Tucker Crossing are undertaking a massive river reconstruction project to try and keep their houses from falling into the river. More...

Heavy machinery at work on a river re-construction project along the Bitterroot River just north of the Tucker Crossing fishing access site.

A canoeist yields to a large front end loader that is hauling some sod across the river to use in the bank stabilization project.

Just because a house is sitting 50 feet above the floodplain doesn’t mean that it is safe from the ravages of a wandering river.

County to reconsider fate of confiscated horses

By Michael Howell

Last Wednesday, March 17, the County Commissioners voted to place the three horses that were recently confiscated from two Georgia men who were convicted of animal abuse charges into the custody of Willing Servants, Inc., a local horse care group that was formed in response to the abuse incident. Following complaints about the decision, primarily complaints from members of the Bitter Root Humane Association, the Commissioners are going to consider rescinding their decision at a meeting scheduled for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24. More...

New Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor

By Michael Howell

Julie K. King is the newly appointed Supervisor of the Bitterroot National Forest. She will officially take the helm in mid-April. But King is not new to the Bitterroot National Forest. She has been serving as Acting Supervisor on the Forest since last September after former Supervisor Dave Bull took another assignment as Northern Region Director of Recreation, Wilderness, Lands, Minerals and Cultural Heritage Programs. More...

Julie K. King, is the newly appointed Supervisor of the Bitterroot National Forest. She grew up in Mt. Pleasant, Utah and received a B.S. in Range Management from Utah State University. She enjoys working with people and is looking forward to becoming more involved with local conservation and restoration efforts with community groups and projects on the Bitterroot National Forest. She and her husband Jay live in the Bitterroot Valley with seven-year-old daughter Jasmine and five-year-old daughter Jaelyn, both adopted from China. Michael Howell photo.

County funds Stevi Main Street improvements

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners agreed on Tuesday, March 16, to use $432,900 in Community Transportation Enhancement Program (CTEP) funds for a Main Street improvement project in Stevensville. The Stevensville Main Street Association, which developed the project idea along with help from WGM engineering of Missoula, succeeded in getting promises from local businesses, residents, organizations and the Town to make the matching fund contribution of about $67,000. More...

Escapees captured

By Michael Howell

Two youths who escaped from the Ravalli County Detention Center last Friday around noon were captured by Ravalli County Sheriff’s deputies and a Highway Patrol officer after a foot chase through fields along Sleeping Child Road that same evening. More...


House District 87
Jeff Burrows - R
Patrick Connell - R
Tobias Z. Martin - L

House District 88
Ron Ehli - R
Terry Moran - D
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Construction permits now required in Stevi

Until March 1, the only construction permits the Town of Stevensville was able to issue were those related to residential foundations, framing and some miscellaneous permits such as fence, shed, etc. All commercial projects as well as electrical, plumbing, or mechanical permits for residential projects were handled by the State of Montana. Under Montana law, a jurisdiction can only inspect those areas for which they are qualified and then only after being reviewed and approved by the state. With the hiring of Dennis Monroe as the town’s new building official, the Town of Stevensville recently received that approval. More...


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