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Volume XXIII, Number 39

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Citizens get first look at draft zoning regs

By Greg Lemon

The citizens of Ravalli County have had a chance to see Draft B of the countywide zoning regulations and had suggestions for the consultants who developed them.

The first chance citizens had to comment on the second draft of the regulations came Thursday evening at a workshop in Hamilton. More...

About 14 people braved the cold Fridayfor the City of Hamilton Arbor Day celebration. The group planted three Burr Oak trees and various juniper bushes around the City Bandshell. Hamilton was also awarded the Tree City USA designation for the sixth straight year. Presenting the award to Hamilton Mayor Jessica Randazzo (below, from left to right) are Montana State Forester Bob Harrington and DNRC Forester Kurt Gelderman. Steve Green photo.

Effects of global warming in Western Montana

By Michael Howell

Members of the Bitterroot National Forest Resource Advisory Council heard about the potential effects of global warming on the climate in Western Montana last week from Dr. Faith Ann Heinsch, a research scientist from the University of Montana Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences. More...

First open lands project on table

By Greg Lemon

The Ravalli County open lands program has its first project on the table.

Last week, Joe Grover, in partnership with the Bitter Root Land Trust, filed pre-submission forms to the Ravalli County rural land program coordinator, Vanessa Morrell. Grover is working with the land trust and the county to place a conservation easement on 840 acres of his Sawtooth Ranch, west of Hamilton. More...

Trustee David Anderson and Library Assistant Amy Ling cut the toilet paper ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of the North Valley Public Library's new bathrooms.

Stevi conducts internal audit

Investigation into paper shredding initiated

By Michael Howell

The Town of Stevensville has taken steps to address concerns raised in the wake of the abrupt departure of longstanding town clerk, Nancy Lowell. In response to rumors of possible misappropriation of funds, the Town has procured the services of an auditing firm from Missoula to conduct an internal audit of the Town’s finances. It has also employed former state auditor and Stevensville resident Craig Shepard to assist in performing duties such as the monthly billing. More...

Planning Board recommends denial of Riverside Meadows

By Michael Howell

Continuing down the path of stricter scrutiny of subdivision proposals with respect to cumulative impacts on the county’s infrastructure and services, the Ravalli County Planning Board recently recommended the denial of Riverside Meadows subdivision based upon significant negative effects on public health and safety. More...


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