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Volume XXIV, Number 43

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Stimulus funds accelerate state highway improvements

By Michael Howell

Ravalli County stands to benefit from the injection of $211 million in federal stimulus funds into state highway projects this summer. Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) officials told the County Commissioners last week that about $21 million of stimulus money would go into Highway 93 widening projects in the valley this summer. The department had previously set aside only about $8 million to do only one section of the highway covering about 1.9 miles this summer. With the added funds a whopping total of $29 million will now be spent on four projects covering about 6 miles between Stevensville and Victor. More...

American Legion Post 91 organized the 89th annual Corvallis Memorial Day Parade. Navy veteran Don Thorson, Grand Marshal, and wife Linda rode in the place of honor, while Wilma Rasmussen and other Post 91 Auxiliary members dressed up to honor "Rosie the Riveter." Jean Schurman photos.

New Rehab Center grand opening planned

The Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Team and their patients have been counting down the days to announce the Grand Opening of the new 12,000 plus square foot Rehabilitation Center. The new center will be unveiled to the public on Friday, June 5 at 1:30 p.m. Meet the team, tour the facility and experience some of the most advanced rehabilitation equipment available. There will be a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. and tours will begin at 2:30 p.m. More...

County prosecutes alleged health and subdivision reg violations

By Michael Howell

According to charges filed in Ravalli County District Court, county health officials have been trying for over a year to get the owners of a parcel of property located on Ricketts Road in Hamilton to come into compliance with county and state sanitary and subdivision regulations to no avail. As a result owners of the property, Ronald Flickinger and Michael Mange, along with Mange’s wife Dora, who is involved with managing the property, are now facing charges of violating county wastewater and subdivision regulations, the state Subdivision and Platting Act, and the requirements for trailer parks and campgrounds, as well as creating a public nuisance. More...

Address canvassing in preparation for the 2010 Census is underway. The U.S. Census Bureau likes to hire locals to do the canvassing. Pictured here is local "lister" Patience Fehr. Official listers can always be identified by the badge, hand-held GPS computer and the tote bag emblazoned with the words U.S. Census Bureau which are all required wear and carry on the job. Michael Howell photo.

Early census operation under way

By Michael Howell

Have you seen a suspicious looking person roaming your neighborhood recently with a handheld GPS computer? Before grabbing your gun or calling the cops take a closer look. It may just be a Census worker. Look for a badge or a tote bag with the words Census 2010 on it. More...


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