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Volume XXVI, Number 40

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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Local Habitat for Humanity receives grants

Local organizations support building of simple, decent, affordable housing

Habitat for Humanity of Ravalli County has recently received grants totaling $7,250 from several local organizations to support its work in providing simple, decent, affordable housing to Ravalli County families in need. More...

The newest Habitat for Humanity house is close to being finished, according to Don Tibbs. The project began five days before Christmas. Last week the volunteer crew spent the good weather painting the outside and when the weather turned bad, finishing projects inside. The kitchen cabinets should be installed this week. With the solar panels and extra insulation, the home will be easy to heat. Shown here are volunteers Don Tibbs of Hamilton, Sandy Gay of Hamilton, Ernie Berland of Victor and Bill Irwin of Hamilton. Jean Schurman photo.

Brandborg honored for lifetime achievement

On April 27, well-known Bitterroot environmentalist Stewart Brandborg of Hamilton was presented with the Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award by the Conservation Roundtable. About 50 people attended the presentation of the award at the Brandborg home. The award was presented by Bruce Bugbee of Missoula, chairman of the Conservation Roundtable, Robin Tawney Nichols of Missoula, a member of the Roundtable, and Dale Burk of Stevensville, also a member of the Roundtable, who read the citation giving the award to Brandborg. More...

Legislative Roundup

Sorting through the session: How the 2011 Legislature might affect you

By the COMMUNITY NEWS SERVICE, UM School of Journalism

Montana’s 62nd Legislature adjourned last week after a contentious session that spanned most of four months and saw the introduction of more than 1,100 bills. More...

Commissioners remove public voting option on airport expansion

Issue to be discussed at future meeting

By Victoria Howell

In a controversial move, the Ravalli County Commissioners voted unanimously on April 29 to replace two earlier resolutions regarding governance of the county airport with a new resolution. According to Commission Chair J.R. Iman, the new resolution clarifies the duties and responsibilities of the volunteer Airport Board, which is a purely advisory entity that makes recommendations to the County Commissioners for implementation. However, newly-adopted Resolution 2676, which replaces Resolutions 1244 and 2192, makes no mention of an agreement former commissioners made with the group ICAARE (Informing Citizens Against Runway Expansion) to send any runway extension plans to a public vote before proceeding. That agreement was attached to Resolution 1244. Commissioners did agree at Friday’s meeting, however, to discuss the dropped agreement at a meeting scheduled for May 26. More...

Daly Hospital transitions to electronic health records

At midnight on May 1, Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital transitioned to Electronic Health Record (EHR). The hospital became the first rural hospital in the state to implement a fully state-of-the-art electronic health records system. In this endeavor, it joined the many hospitals and healthcare providers across the nation transitioning to a paperless healthcare delivery system. This project reinforces the hospital’s commitment to quality, accessible, personalized healthcare. More...


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