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Volume XXIII, Number 38

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Subdivision fallout

Planning Board subcommittee taking an in-depth look at impacts

By Greg Lemon

The Ravalli County Planning Board seems to be taking a different look at subdivisions.

Last Wednesday, the planning board voted against two major subdivisions in the Eight Mile area east of Florence: Morado Mountain Eastates and Sandhill Ridge. Together, the developments represent more than 90 homes. More...

Ryan Monson has a strong work history over the last five years in the community with support from Montana Work Solutions, LLC. Ryan was a referral from Montana Rehabilitation Counselor Jerry Zook, who handles Ravalli County. Ryan is pictured here at his current job preparing the Bitterroot Star for delivery to residents of Hamilton. He also works as a volunteer doing clerical work at Kids First.Greg Lemon photo.

Montana Work Solutions

A special kind of employment service

By Michael Howell

For some people entering the work force can be more difficult than for the average person. For many reasons people with special needs or disabilities, although capable of doing many forms of work, find it difficult to land a job. But in the Bitterroot Valley there is a special kind of employment service designed specifically to help people with special needs and disabilities find work. It’s called Montana Work Solutions. It is an innovative employment service owned and operated by Susanne Meikle. More...

Protecting our water

Local pharmacies collecting discarded drugs to help prevent groundwater contamination

By Greg Lemon

If you have a medicine cabinet full of outdated or unneeded prescription drugs, don’t throw them in the trash or flush them down the toilet. Take them to Bitterroot Drug in Hamilton, Family Pharmacy in Stevensville, or Florence Community Pharmacy.

These local pharmacies have joined together to provide citizens with an option of discarding their prescription drugs other than throwing them in the garbage or flushing them down the toilet. More...

Grass fire gets out of control. A grass fire intentionally set as part of a spring cleaning operation on land northeast of Stevensville last week got out of control and burned onto neighboring property where it destroyed two RV trailers and a vehicle. Stevensville Rural Volunteer Firefighters responded and extinguished the fire. No one was hurt, according to Stevensville Rural Fire Chief Brad Lord, but the trailers were being used for storage and some horse tack being stored in one of the trailers was also destroyed in the blaze. Lord said that it was a tricky situation givene the vehicles involved, but there was no gasoline in the vehicle and no propane tanks associated with the RVs. Either situation could have greatly increased the hazard, he said.David Simmons photo.

Waste water treatment upgrade could cost Stevensville millions

By Michael Howell

When the Town of Stevensville’s waste water discharge permit from the state was renewed in 2006 it came with some upgrade requirements and associated deadlines. According to a study recently delivered by HDR Engineering, those required improvements could cost the town up to $4.4 million. Phased in over a number of years the cost could reach $5.5 million at an estimated 5 percent inflation rate. More...


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