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Volume XXI, Number 39

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Proposed Forest Plans released

By Michael Howell

The Bitterroot, Flathead and Lolo National Forests have released their respective Proposed Land Use Management Plans. Each plan proposes general guidance for on-the-ground projects and activities on each forest. Public comment is encouraged and requested by the end of July. Several public meetings and open houses are scheduled on each forest to share information about the proposed plans. The open houses scheduled on the Bitterroot National Forest Plan will take place at the Bitterroot River Inn, in Hamilton, from 4 to 8 p.m. on May 8, 18, and 31. More...

Victor School celebrated Teen Day last week. Regular classes were suspended for the day so students could experience some unusual classes. Here, Fred Weisbecker of the Back Country Horsemen demonstrates horse packing techniques and equipment. Other classes included cake decorating, swimming and rock climbing. Jean Schurman photo.

Middle East Fork decision headed to court

By Michael Howell

Three environmental groups filed suit last Wednesday in Federal District Court challenging Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Dave Bull's decision approving the Middle East Fork Hazardous Fuels Reduction project. The project is the first hazardous fuels reduction project in the state to be approved under the Bush administration's Healthy Forest Restoration Act (HFRA). More...

Stevi Main Street Assn. gets town funding

By Michael Howell

With little discussion, Stevensville Mayor Bill Meisner agreed to sign a $5,000 contract on behalf of the Town with the Stevensville Main Street Association. Agreed to, in principle, last September, it took over six months to hammer out details of the contract to everyone¹s satisfaction. More...

Bitterroot Resort submits request for ski areas

By Michael Howell

The Bitterroot National Forest announced on April 19 that it had received a request for proposed use from the Bitterroot Resort for a Nordic (cross country) and downhill (Alpine) ski area. A previous Alpine proposal had been submitted with a ski area on both the Bitterroot and Lolo National Forests. That request was denied because it did not meet Forest Plan Standards for land use in the area. More...

Victor adopts four day school week

By Jean Schurman

Imagine, a three-day weekend every week. That's what the students at Victor Public Schools will be experiencing next year. On April 17, the Victor School Board made history by voting to approve a four-day school week. Principal Danny Johnson said he thought Victor was the first school in Montana to adopt the four-day week. More...


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