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Volume XXV, Number 36

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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BRASS program offers unique opportunity for kids

By Michael Howell

Every year members of the staff at Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton participate in what has become a very successful after school teaching program in the local middle schools, called the Biomedical Research After School Scholars program (BRASS). More...

Stevensville eighth grade students Lindsey Anderson, Morgan Potton, Jenna Lockman and Emily Morrison watch intently as RML Veterinarian Doug Brining gives them a lesson in dissecting an animal at the last session of this year’s Biomedical Research After School Scholars program. In its twelfth year, the all volunteer after school learning program is sponsored by Rocky Mountain Laboratories of Hamilton.

Sanctions against Robaks could top $100,000

By Michael Howell

The lawsuit filed against Ravalli County by Tom and Charlotte Robak over enforcement of floodplain regulations is slowly inching its way through the system. The Robaks filed suit in August of 2008 after receiving a letter from the county asking them to cease and desist working on the million dollar plus home they were building on the banks of the West Fork of the Bitterroot River. The county was concerned that the Robaks had violated the floodplain regulations by bringing in fill to raise the property out of the floodplain. More...

Fees awarded in Mitchell Slough case

On December 2, 2009, Missoula District Court Judge awarded attorney fees in the Mitchell Slough case to the Bitterroot River Protection Association (BRPA) under the private attorney general doctrine. Under that doctrine if the state fails to act to protect the public’s interest, forcing a citizen or citizen’s group to take court action to see the law implemented, then that citizen or group should get attorney’s fees reimbursed if they are successful. More...

Caffe Firenze is Business of Year

The Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce presented annual awards at its recent banquet

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - Caffe Firenze, an Italian food restaurant in Florence (Montana, not Italy), has been selected by the Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce to receive the Business of the Year Award for 2009. The restaurant is owned and operated by Patti and John Stevens. They not only own and operate it, they created it. More...

Owners Patti and John Stevens of Caffe Firenze in Florence received the Business of the Year award from the Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce. Michael Howell photo.

Gravel pit draws complaints

By Michael Howell

Over a dozen landowners northeast of Stevensville along the Eastside Highway have signed a letter of complaint to the County Commissioners about a gravel pit operation being conducted on property owned by Arlo Ellison. According to the letter, the area is currently being leased and operated as a gravel pit by T & T Contracting of Victor. More...


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