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Volume XXIII, Number 45

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

School nurses fill critical need

By Greg Lemon

She was the lady at school who blew softly on your scrapes and gently bandaged them. Her office smelled a little like the hand lotion your grandma used and a little like antiseptic, but somehow it wasn’t nearly as scary as the doctor’s office. More...

Corvallis School District nurse, Corrine Kunkel not only tends to the needs of students, at times she also helps keep school staff healthy. Here fifth-grade teacher, Lacie Puyear gets her blood pressure checked.

Though Corvallis school nurse Corrine Kunkel manages the medical needs of about 1,300 students, some of what she likes best is tending to the small things. Here she looks for a tiny splinter in a student's finger.

Idaho pesticides falling on valley

By Michael Howell

Bitterroot wildlife rehabilitator Judy Hoy has been assiduously documenting developmental malformations of wildlife in the Bitterroot Valley for years. She has also noted that the kinds of deformities she is observing and documenting are similar to those that can be caused by exposure to certain chemicals such as Chlorothalonil, an ingredient in certain fungicides and pesticides. Since there is no great amount of use of such chemical fungicides documented in the valley, Hoy has speculated that the chemicals may be blowing in from Idaho on prevailing westerly winds. Now a recently released study done by the Department of Biology at Indiana State University in Bloomington gives more credence to Hoy’s theory. More...

Plenty of public comment on zoning

By Michael Howell

Ravalli County Planning Director Karen Hughes delivered a summary of the public comments on the proposed Draft B for Countywide Zoning to the County Commissioners last week.  At least two of the commissioners remarked at how similar the public remarks are to the commissioners’ own comments concerning the Draft B regulations expressed at a previous meeting. They all point to the need to simplify the document and a desire for a less restrictive set of regulations. More...

Coalition asks county to change zoning course

By Greg Lemon

In the wake of Darby School District’s landslide vote to opt out of the countywide zoning project, a diverse group of local citizens appealed to the Ravalli County Commissioners to change course and ensure the zoning effort is done right. More...

Stevi to make grant application for water system improvements

By Michael Howell

The Town of Stevensville held a public hearing last month to take public comment on a proposed grant application for Community Development Block Grant funds of about $450,000 for improvements to its water system. More...

Stevensville officially annexes Twin Creeks

Although the Town of Stevensville has approved a preliminary plan of subdivision development for John Anderson’s Twin Creeks subdivision, and approved annexation of the property tied to those subdivision conditions of approval on more than one occasion, nonetheless, Town Attorney Keithi Worthington recommended to the Town Council last month that it consider “officially” moving for annexation of the property once again, following some minor revision of the annexation agreement. More...

Help plan highway development

By Michael Howell

A community charette is planned for this Friday to discuss proposals for stewarding development along Highway 93 through the Bitterroot Valley. The planned community discussion about development along the Highway is the result of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Bitter Root Cultural Heritage Trust (BRCHT). More...


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