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Volume XXII, Number 37

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

School nixes land sale to Stevi Community Center Complex

By Michael Howell

A deal to sell 4.5 acres of Stevensville School District land to the Stevensville Community Center Complex for $279,000, a deal that was already approved once, on a 5 to 3 vote, at a previous meeting, fell apart last week when the school board split 4 to 4 on a motion to give final approval to an amended version of the sale. Following that, at a subsequent meeting of its own board, the Stevensville Community Center Complex has decided that it is not only through trying to deal with the school district over the potential purchase of the land, but will also seek to terminate the existing 99-year lease that it currently holds on the property. More...

Top readers in the Stevensville Bikes for Books Program, a reading incentive program sponsored by the Montana Masonic Foundation and the local Stevensville Masonic Lodge, received bicycles at a presentation attended by none other than University of Montana Grizzly mascot, Monte. Monte got the crowd excited, as only Monte can, as first place winners in grades 2 through 6, in the Accelerated Reading Program reading quiz were honored last week at the school. Each of them received a new bicycle, courtesy of the local Masonic Lodge. Statewide, the Masons spend about $35,000 to $50,000 on the program annually. Previously, bicycles were given out to winners in the Lone Rock School District. Awards are also being made by the Victor and Hamilton lodges in their respective school districts. Eight Stevensville athletes were on hand to honor the young readers as well. They included Tieg Gibbs, Steven Switch, Isaac Hunter, Ryan Grove, Brekka Johnson, Seeley Bloom, Ashley Walker, and Bridger Chambers. Recipients of the bicycles and first place awards were 2nd Grader Callie Lendman, 3rd Grader Joshua Harthan, 4th Grader Charlie Umhey, 5th Grader Michael Tummarello, and 6th Grader Tyler Retzer. Boyd Mason, of the Stevensville Masonic Lodge, was on hand to make the awards. Stevensville coach Keith Chambers moderated the event. Stevensville school librarian Lori Jette (not pictured) was in charge of implementing the program. Michael Howell photo.

Stevi School Board votes to place two levies on the ballot

By Michael Howell

Trustees of the Stevensville School District, at their meeting of April 10, 2007, voted to place two maintenance/operational levies before the electorate on the May 8, 2007 ballot. That may change, however. Especially since the Governor subsequently signed Senate Bill 225 into law and it takes effect upon signing. That law, according to a letter to the school from Superintendent of Public Instruction Linda McCulloch, would extend the time frame that the school has for setting a levy. More...

St. Mary's Mission Opening Day celebration scheduled

By Michael Howell

Historic St. Mary's Mission will hold an Opening Day Celebration of Historic St. Mary's Mission on Friday, April 20. At 10 a.m., Mass will be celebrated in the Historic Chapel followed by a Flag Raising Ceremony by Stevensville FFA members, and dedication of the Father Anthony Ravalli Research Library in memory of Lucylle H. Evans. Following the ceremonies, brunch will be served by Mission Volunteers. More...

County sued by condo developer

By Michael Howell

A condominium development company, called Big Sky Development Group, LLC, has filed two separate lawsuits over three different condominium developments recently proposed in the Eight-Mile area. Declarations of the three developments, which attorneys for the developer claim are exempt from subdivision review, were submitted for recording to Ravalli County Clerk and Recorder Regina Plettenberg in the middle of March. But they were returned to the developer on March 29 unrecorded, along with a memo from County Attorney George Corn explaining why. Corn said that the declarations were not recorded because they needed to be reviewed by the Planning Department to determine if they meet the statutory requirements for exemption from subdivision regulations. More...

County establishes Streamside Setback Committee

By Michael Howell

Following a public hearing on April 12, the Ravalli County Commissioners voted unanimously to establish a Streamside Setback Committee to study the issue of setback regulations along the county's streams and river, compile the information, and make any some recommendation to the commissioners. More...

UM President promotes higher education in the Bitterroot

By Michael Howell

University of Montana President George Dennison was in Hamilton last week to talk with local civic organizations about the UM College of Technology. He spoke to the Lions Club on Tuesday and the Kiwanis Club on Wednesday. More...


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