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Volume XXIV, Number 46

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Man on mission to save bitterroots

By Michael Howell

When John Stroud agreed to transplant some of his bitterroot flowers onto the grounds of St. Mary’s Mission as part of the historic mission’s development of a “native encampment,” it was part of a bigger mission. Stroud plans on transplanting a bed of bitterroot flowers onto the grounds of every museum in the valley. More...

John Stroud, Stevensville author and history buff, is meeting his goal of planting bitterroots (Lewisia rediviva) at all the museums in the valley. He's shown here planting a bed of them at Historic St. Mary's Mission. Michael Howell photo.

County supports Darby plan for Forest headquarters

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners agreed last week to write a letter of support for the Town of Darby’s proposal to relocate the Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor’s Office (SO) to Darby. The SO is currently housed in Hamilton in a building leased from Harold Mildenberger, but that lease expires on September 11, 2011. More...

Is Hamilton a legal entity?

By Michael Howell

Is Hamilton a legal entity? It’s a question that keeps surfacing at Hamilton City Hall. The Local Government Review Study Commission raised the issue back in 2005. It’s been a constant refrain from one Hamilton resident, Michael Spreadbury, who recently declared his candidacy for Mayor. It popped up recently once again during public comment on a recent resolution concerning zoning policy. More...

Hamilton won’t zone outside city limits

By Michael Howell

At a special meeting last Tuesday, June 9, the Hamilton City Council passed a resolution proclaiming in no uncertain terms that it has no intention of doing any extra-territorial zoning outside the city limits. The resolution was meant to address the fears, expressed by several county residents at the last meeting when the Council adopted a growth policy, that the city planned on extending its zoning powers outside the city limits. The Growth Policy adopted showed a planning area extending two miles outside the city limits. More...

Stevi committee wants input on streetscape

By Michael Howell

The Design Committee of the Stevensville Main Street Association wants the community to help it imagine a new streetscape for the downtown. More...

Jeremy Keene, engineer with WGM Group, confers with Cinda Holt, Cindy Tharinger and Marina Weatherly, members of the Main Street Association's Design Committee, on potential improvements that might be incorporated into a Stevensville Streetscape Project. Michael Howell photo.


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