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Volume XXIV, Number 34

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Baucus aid presents economic recovery plan to commissioners

By Michael Howell

Joseph J. Adams, Economic Development Advisor for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Max Baucus, gave a power point presentation to the County Commissioners and attending public last Monday about the impacts on Montanans of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. More...

You know it's spring despite the weather, when the chicks arrive. Turn-out was heavy at the March 21 Chick Day sale at Stevensville Feed and Farm. The line of prospective chicken farmers stretched across the parking lot as customers waited patiently for the doors to open at 8am. Penny, from Stevensville, kept a tight grip on her box of chicks, but graciously allowed the local news reporter to take a look inside. Araucanas, a green egg layer, were in great demand and supplies were quickly diminished. For those who missed out, another Chick Day is scheduled at the Feed and Farm in Hamilton this coming Saturday. Make your list and get there early! Michael Howell photo.

Floodplain regulations tied to cost of insurance

By Michael Howell

Ever wonder what the County’s Floodplain Administrator does? Ever wonder why there is a County Floodplain Administrator?

Ravalli County Floodplain Administrator Laura Hendrix explained it all to the County commissioners last month. It goes back to the establishment of the National Flood Insurance Program in 1968. More...

County jumps at stimulus funds

By Michael Howell

Like a hungry trout going for a fly, County officials jumped out of the water on Friday to come up with a preferred project that might qualify for $297,866.91 in economic stimulus funds rolling in from the federal government. The commissioners had one morning to come up with a qualifying project, according to an e-mail received late Thursday afternoon from the Montana Association of Counties (MACO). Without a lot of time to deliberate, the commissioners chose to submit a road rehabilitation project on Ambrose Creek Road for use of the funds. More...

A Montana-produced guide for landowners on wildlife-friendly fencing is grabbing the attention of property owners everywhere.

Darby group plans to interview businesses on needs and niches

What needs do businesses in and around Darby have that they must go outside the valley, the state or even the country to fill? What niches remain open and waiting for a new business in the south county? When a need is identified and a community begins to act on it, a vision emerges and with it a plan that is by design, not default. Another way to describe what is beginning in Darby and the south county is Asset Based Community Development. Bobbie Roos, MSU Ravalli County Agriculture Extension Agent, serves as a community coach for the Horizons Program working on projects to develop the South Ravalli County economy and fight poverty. More...

Hamilton Area Transportation Plan

The deadline is quickly approaching for citizens to apply for a spot on the 12-member Citizens Advisory Committee that will assist in the formation of an area-wide Hamilton Transportation Plan. Partnering in the project are the City of Hamilton, Ravalli County and the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT). More...


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