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Volume XXII, Number 43

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Stevi girl dies in car crash

Stevensville High School student Kayla Rose Stacy was killed in a single car accident on Middle Burnt Fork road east of Stevensville, last Wednesday, May 23 at about 7:20 p.m. The fifteen year old girl was a passenger in the vehicle driven by 23 year old Clayton Elldrege, of Victor. Stacy died at the scene of the accident. Eldridge was seriously injured and flown to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula by air ambulance where he remained hospitalized as of Tuesday, according to Highway Patrol Officer Scott Bennett. More...

Don Lamoreux was honored by Corvallis American Legion Post #91 as Grand Marshall of the 87th Memorial Day Parade. Lamoreux, a WWII veteran, was post commander in 1955. Post #91 is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. The well-attended parade was a multi-generational affair. Michael Howell photo.

What's in your drinking water?

By Michael Howell

The bad news is that an ever growing body of research indicates that many of our streams and rivers as well as groundwater in many places in the United States have been found to contain trace amounts of pharmaceuticals and other personal care products (PPCPs) including such things as over the counter and prescription drugs, as well as cosmetics, caffeine, antibiotics, anti-depressants, etc. The good news is that the levels detected are so low that scientists do not believe that it poses any immediate or significant health problems for humans and the technology is available to remove much of the drugs from our water supply. The troubling news is that no one knows what long term effects such trace amounts may have on humans, animals, aquatic systems, or micro organisms. On the troubling side as well is the fact that while technologies are available that can remove many of the pharmaceuticals from water, almost none are in use in the United States. More...

County Floodplain Administrator sues Commissioner and Board of Realtors

By Michael Howell

Ravalli County Floodplain Administrator Laura Hendrix has filed suit in District Court charging Commissioner Howard Lyons with violation of the Montana Anti-Intimidation Act, with intentional infliction of emotional distress and with violating her constitutional right to perform her official duties in a safe, healthy and pleasant environment, free from illegal intimidation. Hendrix has also leveled charges in the same lawsuit against the Bitterroot Valley Board of Realtors alleging that the group defamed her, harmed her reputation, and tried to interfere with her work by publishing a message designed to intimidate her and pressure her to back off from her enforcement responsibilities. More...

Water Quality District on the ballot

By Michael Howell

Creation of a Ravalli County Water Quality District will be on the June 5 ballot. The County Commissioners paved the way for possible creation of the district by approving a resolution of intent to that effect on July 11, 2006. The resolution states that the Ravalli County Water Quality District is "necessary for the protection, preservation and improvement of the quality of surface waters and groundwater in Ravalli County." More...

Subdivision regs amended

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners amended the county's subdivision regulations last week. More...


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