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Volume XXI, Number 37

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Retail size cap approved

By Michael Howell

A crowd estimated at over a thousand people turned out last Wednesday, April 12, to attend a public hearing before the Ravalli County Commissioners about proposed Interim Zoning Regulations concerning large scale retail sales and retail service establishments. Prepared for a possible overflow crowd in the County Commissioners' meeting room, a back-up arrangement had been made to use the theater at the Hamilton Middle School, a few blocks away. The back-up arrangement at the Hamilton Middle School was, however, quickly overwhelmed. Everyone was then ushered to the back-up for the back-up, the school gymnasium. The bleachers were filled as soon as they could be rolled out. Following a very orderly process, considering the large numbers of people involved, microphones and tables for the presiding officials were relocated and the meeting began only about 30 minutes late. More...

Lee Kierig, a local architect, pictured here at the microphone, was one of dozens of members of the public to speak in favor of passage of the regulations. Michael Howell photo.

Father Mike Smith celebrates Mass in Historic St. Mary's Mission chapel in Stevensville. The service commemorated the founding of the mission in 1841. Michael Howell photo.

Historic mission celebrates 165 years

By Michael Howell

A special Mass was held in the historic St. Mary's Mission church to celebrate the 165th anniversary of the founding of the Mission and the Stevensville community. The historic chapel was built in 1841. More...

Stevi Council approves Main Street contract

By Stan Roden and Phyllis de Picciotto

At the April 10 Stevensville Town Council meeting, it was decided by unanimous vote to authorize the Mayor to sign a contract providing $5000 to the Stevensville Main Street Association from the Town¹s General Fund for fiscal year 2005-6. More...

Stolen service medals reissued

By Michael Howell

World War II Navy veteran John O'Bannon was honored last Tuesday, April 11, at a ceremony in Stevensville's Veterans Memorial Park, with the presentation of reissued military service medals to replace the original military decorations earned by O'Bannon for his service during the war. The originals were stolen from O'Bannon's Missouri home in 1968.

O'Bannon learned a few months ago at a veterans benefits assistance seminar hosted by Congressman Denny Rehberg's staff that his lost medals could be reissued. Rehberg was on hand Tuesday to make the presentation to O'Bannon. More...

With reissued WWII military service medals in hand, John O'Bannon, former Gun Captain on the U.S.S. Irwin, thanks Denny Rehberg and his staff for helping obtain the reissuance of the medals stolen from his Missouri home in 1968. Michael Howell photo.

Stevi School Superintendent turns down contract extension

By Michael Howell

Stevensville School District Superintendent Dr. Dennis Kimzey has turned in a letter of resignation to school board members last week informing them that he would not be accepting the one year extension of his contract that the board had decided to offer him. The Board decided at its February 14 meeting to offer Kimzey an extension of his current contract for another year. More...


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