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Volume XXIII, Number 31

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

New county program looks at rural planning

By Greg Lemon

Vanessa Morrell sits in a cramped little office on the third floor of the county administration building in Hamilton.

Outside her window, spring is struggling to break through the grip winter has had on the Bitterroot Valley for the last five months. It’s a slow battle. In the distance, the Bitterroot Mountains are partly hidden by another squall. More...

Forest Service purchases key piece of wildlife habitat

By Greg Lemon

The Bitterroot National Forest got a little bigger in January.

Tucked away in the hills north of Skalkaho Creek was a 160-acre chunk of prime wildlife habitat that up until two years ago was private property. Now it’s officially part of the Bitterroot National Forest. More...

The 160 acres in Brennan Gulch overlooks Skalkaho Creek and the Bitterroot Valley. The land is prime bighorn sheep habitat and was purchased by the Bitterroot National Forest, with help from local sportsmen groups and conservation organizations, in January. Photo courtesy of Bitterroot National Forest.

Violence over zoning process a growing concern

By Michael Howell

Karen Hughes, Director of the Ravalli County Planning Department, addressed the County Commissioners at a meeting on Monday about her growing concerns over potential violence in relation to the countywide zoning process. More...

County settles subdivision lawsuit

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners agreed to an out of court settlement with Marlin and Joshua Powell on Monday that gives preliminary plat approval to the Hamilton Heights subdivision. The Powells first applied for the 20-lot subdivision on 44.24 acres located about 4.5 miles southeast of Corvallis in November of 2006. The Commissioners denied the subdivision application at a meeting on September 13, 2007 and the developers subsequently filed suit in Ravalli County District Court challenging that denial. More...

FlatIron Ranch analysis presented to Hamilton city council

By Greg Lemon

Some issues with infrastructure still need to be worked through, but if Hamilton annexes the proposed FlatIron Ranch development, it will provide a net surplus in tax revenues to city coffers.

“You will have a $300,000 surplus in the general fund as a result of FlatIron Ranch,” said Adam Orens, economist with BBC Research and Consulting out of Denver. More...

Suicide at Stevi fishing access site

A man walking his dog at the Stevensville fishing access site along the Bitterroot River discovered the body of a dead person in a vehicle parked at the site. The body was discovered shortly after 4 pm on Thursday afternoon, February 28. More...


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