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Volume XXII, Number 31

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

County attorney clarifies interim zoning density restrictions

By Michael Howell

County Attorney George Corn set the Planning Department and the County Commissioners straight last week when he issued his opinion regarding the question of whether the Interim Zoning Regulation's restriction on development that limits density to one dwelling per 2 acres applies to lot size or average density. Contrary to both the Planning Department and County Commissioners' interpretation that it meant "average density," Corn came down heavy last week on the side of "minimum lot size." More...

With a simple "Let's play!" the last hockey game of the season was held Saturday morning southwest of Victor at Steve Elliot and Lucy Brieger's pond. About 16 people of all ages gathered one last time to strp on the skates and have a game. The games have been a regular occurance on McVey Pond since the ice set up earlier this winter. Prior to the game, more experienced players gave instruction to those with not as much experience. Players played "up" - in the middle of the pond, or "back" - closer to the goals. The skaters rotated positions and sat out as needed in a very informal yet formal manner. As the sun warmed the pond, the top layer of ice neart the edges was wet with water but Elliot said the ice was very thick in the middle. On one side of the pond, three Angus cows munched on hay while around the edge of the pond the family dog raced, trying to keep track of the puck. Shown are Lucy, Steve and Toby. Jean Schurman photo.

Wal-Mart traffic, road plans discussed

By Michael Howell

Frustration and cynicism were palpable last week when Bitterrooters went looking for solutions to the county's growth problems at a meeting held to discuss Wal-Mart's traffic and road plans for its proposed super store north of Hamilton. More...

Stevensville School Board selects superintendent finalists

By Michael Howell

The Stevensville School Board has selected three finalists for the position of Superintendent of Stevensville Public Schools. The finalists who will be interviewed include (in alphabetical order): More...

Local community college makes the ballot

By Michael Howell

Last Thursday the state Board of Regents unanimously verified a petition containing 5,188 signatures supporting the creation of a Bitterroot Valley Community College district in Ravalli County. The board's action effectively placed the matter up for public vote and, according to Ravalli County Clerk and Recorder Regina Pettenberg, the issue has been placed on the May 8 ballot. More...

County zoning meetings scheduled

By Michael Howell

The county Planning Department and Planning Board have scheduled public meetings on the countywide zoning process. The first public informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in the Florence School gym. This meeting is the first of three informational meetings, the purpose of which is to distribute information regarding zoning in general and the countywide zoning process specifically. The next meeting will be held in the Darby Clubhouse on Wednesday, March 14, at 7 p.m., and in Hamilton, at the First Interstate Building at the county fairgrounds on Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Additionally, staff and/or Planning Board members will be available upon request to give the same presentation to interested citizen groups. More...

Realtors' consultant addresses streamside setbacks

By Michael Howell

The Bitterroot Water Forum sponsored a presentation last Wednesday, February 28, by Clint Brown, of H2O Design Group, LLC. Brown is currently working for the Bitterroot Valley Board of Realtors on a digital mapping project designed to be used in the implementation of a Streamside Setback Ordinance being composed by the local realtors organization. More...

Creamery Picnic to move off of Main Street

By Michael Howell

For nearly 95 years now, the annual Creamery Picnic celebration in Stevensville has filled the Main Street of town on the first weekend of August with vendors and celebrants. But no more. At least not on Main Street. The Stevensville Town Council voted last week to move the traditional celebration off of Main Street over to the Lewis and Clark Park instead. More...


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