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Volume XXVI, Number 36

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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Hiring of planning administrator voided and rescheduled

By Michael Howell

On Tuesday, March 29, the Ravalli County Commissioners hired Terry Nelson, of Applebury Survey, to be the new administrator of the Planning Department. That meeting, however, was later determined to be improperly noticed and at a subsequent meeting held on Monday, April 4, the commissioners officially voided that decision, and rescheduled a meeting to hire a new Planning Department Administrator in April. More...

Life goes on. Even with the road construction in full swing on Highway 93 in and around Victor, life goes on. Holly Gervais gallops a race horse at the Shelli and Greg Tracy stables most mornings. She says the horses are sometimes a little skittish but are getting used to the equipment. Jean Schurman photo.

County contracts for ‘coordination’ consultant

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners voted unanimously on Monday, April 4, to contract with the American Stewards of Liberty (ASL) for help in forming a strategy for local control called “coordination.” American Stewards of Liberty is a non-profit organization that tutors local government in establishing coordination efforts with state, federal and tribal agencies. More...

School budgets tight across the valley

By Michael Howell

There’s no question about it, it’s hard to draw up a budget for a business as big as a school district when you don’t know how much money you have to work with. Yet every other year around this time school districts across the state have to begin preparing for the upcoming fiscal year end and the beginning of a new one without any definite funding levels to work with because the legislature is still hashing it out. The best that can be done, according to most school superintendents, is to work with the figures in the governor’s proposed budget and keep a close eye on the legislative discussions. That’s what most school districts in Ravalli County are doing right now. More...

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Council approves special events permits

By Michael Howell

The Stevensville Town Council met on Wednesday, March 23, to consider what has become a perennial question concerning the Special Event Permits it issues and the Transient Merchant Licenses and how they should be handled. More...


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