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Volume XXII, Number 36

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

County balks at recording recent condominium declarations

By Michael Howell

Ravalli County Clerk and Recorder Regina Plettenberg said that the county has only received a couple of applications for condominium declarations outside of municipalities in the last few years. But within the last few weeks, however, the county has received at least five applications for condominium declarations in unincorporated areas of the county. The five proposals altogether would create close to 500 condo units in the north part of the valley. All of the applications were submitted by Missoula law firms along with the claim that the condominium proposals were exempt from subdivision review under Montana law and should be filed by the Clerk and Recorder immediately. More...

According to the latest data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, March mountain precipitation statewide was 66 percent of average. Increases in mountain snowpack were well below average except in the Tongue and Powder river basins, where above average mountain snowpack increases occurred at the end of March. March mountain precipitation west of the Continental Divide was 82 percent of average and east of the Divide was 54 percent of average.

Group seeks to stop District 5 commissioner election

By Michael Howell

The same group of ten people who did achieve an injunction from Missoula District Court Judge John Larson to prevent the "holdover" commissioners, Alan Thompson and Greg Chilcott, from having to run for office again following the successful ballot initiative that mandates an increase in the number of county commissioners from three to five, are now asking Larson to extend that injunction to include the commission seat in District 5, currently occupied by Howard Lyons. More...

Life is good for these chickens enjoying the balmy spring weather over the Easter weekend. Michael Howell photo.

Obscenity Ordinance petition withdrawn

By Michael Howell

Dallas Erickson has withdrawn his petition to place an obscenity ordinance on the 2008 ballot in order to revise it. He hopes that the revised petition will be approved in time to place it on the same November 2008 election ballot. More...

Helicopter flights explained

By Michael Howell

The deep, resonant whop, whop, whop of a Huey helicopter flying low over the north valley last weekend was enough to turn the stomach of a Vietman veteran suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome and raised questions among some other residents. More...


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