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Volume XXIII, Number 42

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

River rising; access sites closed

By Greg Lemon

It wasn’t supposed to get that hot in May.

Over the past weekend, temperatures soared to more than 20 degrees above normal across the Bitterroot Valley. Lilac blossoms were squeezed from their buds. Children donned swimsuits and wading pools were filled. High in the mountains the heat began turning a monster snowpack into a torrid runoff. More...

An osprey circles over the Bitterroot River at River Park in Hamilton on Monday. The river is expected to begin to recede on Wednesday as cooler weather moves into the region. Greg Lemon photo.

Runoff from Fred Burr and Mill Creeks spills onto Meridian Road south of Victor. Nancy Spagnoli photo.

County wins on federal issues in subdivision application lawsuit

By Michael Howell

The three remaining subdivision applicants still involved in the Lord lawsuit recently had their case dismissed from federal court. Although District Judge Donald Malloy dismissed all the federal charges against the county with prejudice, meaning they cannot be refiled, he dismissed the remaining state charges without prejudice and without making any determinations on the merit. The developers, Willoughby Development Corporation, Mark Barteaux, Scott Schmeideke, and Bass Lane LLC, can still pursue their claims against Ravalli County in state court and will have one year beyond the statute of limitations in the case to do so. They could also appeal the District Court Ruling. More...

‘Quality of Life’ group announces picks

By Greg Lemon

With an eye toward promoting countywide zoning, protecting the Bitterroot Valley’s natural amenities and general quality of life concerns, a local group has endorsed four candidates in the Ravalli County commissioners’ race. More...

Florence Park levy defeated

By Michael Howell

Unofficial totals for the school district elections held on May 6, published last week in the Bitterroot Star, showed the Florence Park District levy passing by a vote of 591 in favor to 588 voting against the measure. But the final official tally, including a recount of every vote, has reversed that, with the levy being defeated by a vote of 592 for the levy and 593 against. More...

Farm and ranch group weighs in on county zoning

By Michael Howell

Dan Huls, chairman of the Ravalli County Right to Farm and Ranch (RTFR) Board, presented the board’s list of issues, problems and recommendations concerning countywide zoning to the Board of County Commissioners last week. The RTFR board is unequivocally opposed to the Draft B Zoning Regulations currently under review and offered an “incentive” based plan for encouraging preservation of agriculture and open space through a “Conservation Development” program and the creation and sale of development credits. More...

Plan hatched to save ‘Silver Bridge’

By Michael Howell

Members of the Bitterroot Cultural Heritage Trust (BCHT) have instituted an effort aimed at saving a cultural icon that has served as the gateway to the City of Hamilton for close to six decades. Plans are to salvage at least half of the steel bridge that currently spans the Bitterroot River north of town and use the structure in a public park located on the north side of the river. More...


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