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Volume XXIV, Number 31

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Darby senator sinks his stream-access bill

By Lauren Russell, Community News Service, UM School of Journalism

What was shaping up to be a major fight over public access to Montana’s smaller waterways ended quietly last week when Sen. Sen. Rick Laible decided to kill his own bill.

The Darby Republican’s Senate Bill 314 would have effectively barred anglers and other recreators from most of the state’s smaller streams, according to state fish and wildlife officials. More...

An angler tries his luck on Mitchell Slough near the Bitterroot River. Public access to the slough fueled a series of court cases over whether Montana’s landmark stream access law applies to waterways altered by man. Michael Howell photo.

Town of Stevi pays to settle lawsuit

By Michael Howell

The Town of Stevensville paid out $45,000 to former Town Clerk Nancy Lowell and $20,000 to former reception Clerk Sandra Holland as part of a settlement agreement to resolve a lawsuit filed by the two women against the town. More...

911 employees to get new quarters

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners have committed to providing a new workspace for the 911 Emergency Center employees. According to Commission Chair Carlotta Grandstaff, the move is coming at a total projected cost of about $835,000. Close to $635,000 will be spent on remodeling the northeast portion of the Courthouse basement to house the operation. Another $200,000 is allocated for furnishings, new telecommunication apparatus, and the cost of making the move itself. More...

Local bank celebrates 100 years in Stevensville

By Victoria Howell

In these times of economic uncertainty, any business that can claim a century in business has reason to be proud. Rocky Mountain Bank in Stevensville is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week. A public celebration will be held at the bank on Friday, March 6, with food, prizes and giveaways. More...

Community college advocates push on

By Michael Howell

Members of the Senate Education committee of the Montana State Legislature gave the thumbs down to a bill that would have established a Bitterroot Valley Community College. The bill, sponsored by Senator Rick Laible, did not include any funding, but would have established the College District and authorized a Board of Trustees, already elected by the voters, to oversee the district. The bill failed to move out of committee on a 5 to 4 vote, dashing the hopes of many Bitterrooters who worked hard on the proposal. More...

Benefit account set up for Brassfield

Some people believe that Friday the 13th is a day of bad luck. It certainly turned out that way for Stevensville High School student Lindsey Brassfield. Lindsey, a freshman, went skiing up at Lost Trail with his Physical Education class and ended up almost dead. According to Marcia Bloom, who is helping to raise funds for the family, Brassfield went over a jump and crashed. He sustained internal injuries to his heart. Bloom said that with a ruptured aorta it was a miracle that he survived and did not bleed to death on the spot. More...

Work session tonight on Hamilton Growth Policy

The City of Hamilton has scheduled a Work Session on Wednesday, March 4 at City Hall to gather input on the growth issues in the 2-mile planning area surrounding the City of Hamilton. There will be an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. with presentations. The Work Session is from 6 to 8 p.m. All community members are invited to attend and comment. More...


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