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Volume XXV, Number 37

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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Airport decision finalized

By Michael Howell

It’s been a long time coming, but last Wednesday, April 7, the Ravalli County Commissioners finally rendered a decision concerning proposed improvements at the county airport and adopted one out of, basically, four alternatives, presented in the Environmental Assessment done by Morrison-Maierle Engineering. In a 3 to 2 vote the Commissioners adopted Alternative 2A Revised, an option strongly supported by the opponents to runway expansion, Informed Citizens Against Airport Runway Expansion (ICAARE). More...

Scott Bell of Morrison-Maierle presents the details of his Environmental Assessment of alternatives for airport improvement to a packed house last Wednesday. Steve Engebrecht of the Federal Aviation Administration (in the foreground) also attended the meeting. Michael Howell photo.

County and schools discuss bus routes

By Michael Howell

The County Commissioners and officials from the County Road Department met with school transportation officials from up and down the valley last Thursday, April 8, to hear their concerns about the county’s wintertime road maintenance policies. Most of the school transportation officials stated that over the last few years they have noticed that the bus routes are not being plowed and sanded prior to 7 a.m. This means that the plows are coming too late or even in conflict with the bus route traffic, making it a safety hazard for the children waiting at the bus stops. More...

Brandborg to receive honorary doctorate

By Michael Howell

The University of Montana will present honorary doctorate degrees to four exceptional individuals during 2010 Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 15. One of those degrees, an Honorary Doctorate of Science, is being awarded to Bitterroot resident Stewart M. Brandborg, referred to in the UM announcement as “a towering figure in the American conservation movement.” More...

Darby school gets energy grant

By Michael Howell

The Darby School District has been awarded a grant for $200,000 from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program that will be used to upgrade its heating and ventilation system. More...

Montana Jr. Duck Stamp Contest winners to be honored

An award ceremony has been scheduled to honor this year’s winners in the 2010 Montana Junior Duck Stamp Contest. The statewide contest is judged annually at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. More...

Isabella Joy placed first in the K-3 category.


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