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Volume XXII, Number 39

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Grievance filed against Commissioner Lyons

By Michael Howell

At a meeting attended only by Commissioners Greg Chilcott and Howard Lyons last week, it was decided to withdraw a pending directive to the County Attorney's office to seek a clarification of the county's Interim Zoning Initiative from the Attorney General. Specifically, the commissioners were seeking an AG Opinion regarding the meaning of the density restrictions that limited development to a "density" of one dwelling per two acres. It was decided to withdraw that directive and direct the County Attorney to seek an Ag Opinion clarifying the process which County Commissioners would use when interpreting a recently enacted Ordinance. More...

Pictured left to right are the recipients of this year's awards from the Five Valleys Conservation Roundtable: Chris Clancy, Arnold Bolle Award winner; Bob Benson, Don Aldrich Award winner; Joe Hovenkotter, accepting the Lifetime Achievment Award for Phil Tourangeau, deceased; Land Tawney, Burk/Brandborg Award winner. Michael Howell photo.

Arrests made following theft of dynamite

By Michael Howell

A moving dedication ceremony was held last week in Stevensville to announce the official opening of the Father Ravalli Research Library located on the grounds of the historic St. Mary's Mission. The library is named after Father Antonio Ravalli, an early missionary in the area who, with his various talents from building, to painting, to sculpting, to furniture making, and medicine, helped found Montana's oldest permanent white settlement. He is buried on the grounds in St. Mary's Cemetery. Some of the artifacts produced by the industrious priest still survive and are enshrined in what has been preserved of the historical structures comprising the St. Mary's Historic Mission Complex. More...

Terese Blanding, handkerchief collector and lecturer, gave a talk recently on "Handkerchiefs: The Artful Little Squares of History," to the students of Besty Purcell's 7th grade class from Lone Rock School about the use through history of those little squares of cloth called handkerchiefs.

Conservation Roundtable annual awards announced

By Michael Howell

Chris Clancy, local fisheries biologist for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, is this year's recipient of the Arnold Bolle Award. The award is named after the late Dr. Arnold Bolle, whose life demonstrated an unparalleled commitment as a professional and as an individual to conservation. It is presented annually to a professional in natural resource management or environmental protection.



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