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Volume XXV, Number 45

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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Marsh Master at work in the Refuge

By Michael Howell

Cal Henry, head of maintenance at the lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, has been out on the shallow ponds on the refuge smashing cattails with a small, tracked amphibious vehicle called a Marsh Master. It looks like a small amphibious landing craft, but it only holds a few people. The vehicle’s long tracks compress and break off the cattails creating some open water in the densely packed patches of cattail that continually threaten to take over the ponds. More...

Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge Maintenance Foreman Cal Henry has been crushing cattails with the Marsh Master at the refuge last week. The Marsh Master moves into a cattail-clogged pond and creates a little open water. A 50/50 water/vegetation split on wetlands is the optimum for sustaining a diverse waterfowl population.


Alan Pierre, Salish drummer, with father-in-law Jimmy Malatare dancing in background at Chief Victor Day on Saturday. Jean Schurman photo.

Trey, youngest Salish drummer at the Chief Victor Day pow wow. The weather was perfect for this year’s celebration on the Victor School grounds and was even graced by the presence of a family of eagles flying overhead. Jean Schurman photo.

Subdivision regulations updates published, meetings planned

As you are likely aware, the proposed updates to the Ravalli County Subdivision Regulations were published June 1, 2010. Publication initiated a comment window that will last a minimum of sixty days, concluding July 30, 2010. During this time period, Planning Department staff are available to meet with any interested parties to discuss the proposed updates and gather feedback. This is a critical period as we work to improve the subdivision regulations, so please contact the Planning Department if you would like to schedule a meeting. More...

Crisis Stabilization Center project moving forward

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners have approved an amended contract with the state for a planned Crisis Stabilization Center. Last minute changes in the funding source were approved. Funds for the facility will now come from House Bill 2. More...

Commissioners hear about community development funds

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners held a public hearing on June 4 for the purpose of obtaining public comments regarding community development needs and priorities for economic development, housing and community revitalization, and public facilities, particularly as those needs affect low and moderate income persons. More...

Stevi pressed for time on water project

By Michael Howell

Under pressure to meet deadlines for grant money involved in its water system improvement project, the Town of Stevensville sent a letter to Twin Creeks subdivision developer John Anderson hoping to move things along in acquiring the necessary water rights and well field for the new project. Anderson’s subdivision approval was tied to the condition that he provide a well and a well field to the town for the water system improvements. More...


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