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Volume XXIII, Number 40

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Plum Creek seeks residential zoning

By Michael Howell

Plum Creek Timber Company has submitted a map to the Ravalli County Planning Office outlining its own preferences for future zoning restrictions on its property in the county. The company is seeking residential zoning for all its property with densities ranging from one dwelling per 10, 20 and 40 acres on different sections of its land. Currently most of the company-owned land in the Eight Mile area is off limits to subdivision based on the county’s subdivision regulations which prohibit any subdivision being permitted off a Forest Service Road. More...

The above map shows Plum Creek Timber Company's zoning proposal for its land in Ravalli County. The company is seeking residential zoning at a density of one dwelling per 10 acres on land near the county line northwest of Florence, and zoning of one dwelling per 20 acres and one dwelling per 40 acres on its land in the Eight Mile area east of Florence, creating a total of up to 280 potential lots. Click here to see an enlarged view.

Review finds bull trout still threatened

By Greg Lemon

Bull trout are indeed a threatened species and worthy of protection under the Endangered Species Act, according to a review issued last week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The finding was the result of a five-year review of the bull trout’s status as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The review began in 2004, five years after the bull trout was listed, at the request of then Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne and the Idaho state legislature. More...

County schedules first-ever Hazardous Waste Collection Days

By Greg Lemon

Ravalli County is gearing up for its first ever Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days, May 16 and 17.

“We just feel like it’s a real positive thing to do for the county and for our community,” said Lea Jordan, Ravalli County environmental health director. More...

Two arrested for car chase and shooting

By Michael Howell

Two people are being held in Ravalli County jail in connection with a high speed car chase that ended with shots being fired along Highway 93.

Nathan Forrest Searsdodd, 18, and Angela Marie Beard, 24, were arraigned last Friday before Ravalli County Justice of the Peace Robin Clute on charges of conspiring to commit deliberate homicide, or, in the alternative, attempted deliberate homicide. More...

County aims to use Lost Horse Quarry

By Michael Howell

With barely enough funds raised by an emergency levy and a grant from the state to reconstruct Kootenai Creek bridge and a short timetable to get it accomplished, the county is now reconsidering a controversial proposal that was “indefinitely tabled” earlier this year to mine rip-rap material from the Lost Horse Quarry. More...

Kootenai Creek bridge reconstruction on the fast track

By Michael Howell

All five of the Ravalli County Commissioners came to Stevensville last week to meet with the homeowners living west of the Kootenai Creek bridge. The bridge washed out in the torrential flooding that occurred in November of 2006. Since that time a temporary bridge, courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service, has served the residents of the area. But that temporary bridge must eventually be returned to the Forest Service. More...

Deadline for streamside setback regs set back

By Michael Howell

The County Commissioners agreed last week to move the target date for production of the first draft of proposed streamside setback regulations from the end of June to around the beginning of October. More...


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