Bitterroot Star Masthead

Volume XIX, Number 39

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

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Ravalli County residents are now suburbanites

Friends of Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge forms

Stevi boys, Hamilton girls win at tennis

For Rent: 306 Main, Stevensville, 1400 sp. ft. Available now.

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More of Stevensville's history disappears

The historic brick home at 409 buck Avenue in Stevensville was demolished last Friday. The house, which was eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1907 by Charles and Eva Buck. Buck was a partner in the Henry Buck and Co. general merchandise business. The Buck family were early settlers in Stevensville who were involved in a variety of business enterprises. Charles also served as city clerk and mayor. He was responsible for platting the Pleasantvale Addition in 1893, on a large piece of land that he owned just south of the original townsite. More...

Daly Estates Subdivision approved

After spending over three and a half hours debating a few variance requests related to the Daly Estates Subdivision before finally granting them, Ravalli County Commissioners followed up by approving the subdivision in less than 10 minutes. While no one but the developer's consultant spoke in favor of granting the requested variances, a roomful of people spoke against it. Once the variances were granted, based upon several mitigating conditions, the protesters apparently saw the handwriting on the wall and almost all of them had left the meeting room before the subdivision was actually approved. More...

Poster issue plods through grievance process

By Michael Howell

Remember the uproar over the "In God We Trust" posters placed in the Stevensville school classrooms last fall? Stevensville resident Bob Memmer does. Memmer complained at the time that, over and above the question of whether the posters represent a violation of the separation of church and state, as some people argued at the time, the placement of the posters in school classrooms was more accurately a violation of state law and school policies concerning posting of "disruptive" materials not related to classroom curriculum. More...

School considers limiting use of camera cell phones

By Michael Howell

With the widespread availability of wireless communications and pocket sized camera cell phones, schools are bracing for the inevitable inappropriate use of such equipment. More...


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