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Volume XXII, Number 46

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

County Commission sued over settlement agreement

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Board of Commissioners has been sued in District Court over its decision on June 5th to settle out of court with eleven out of fourteen developers who have sued the county in federal court alleging that the county did not deal with their subdivision applications in a timely manner. The developers are also challenging the constitutionality of the citizen enacted Interim Zoning Ordinance which limits development to one dwelling per two acres. More...

Native dancers and drummers from The People's Center shared some of their traditional culture at St. Mary's Mission during Western Heritage Days. The Bitterroot Valley is the ancestral homeland of the Salish people. Michael Howell photo.

3rd annual Bitterroot Birding and Nature Festival

By Michael Howell

Birds get up early. They are often heard chirping cheerily in the early dawn. Bird watchers get up early too, apparently. Those interested in going on the Early Bird Behind the Signs Birdwalk, for instance, the first scheduled event at the Bitterroot Birding and Nature Festival this weekend at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, are supposed to be ready to hit the trail at 6 a.m. That means they have to get up some time before that. That's early. More...

Alan Cradick photo.

Forest Service firefighting strategy evolves

By Michael Howell

After watching naturally caused wildfires burn without suppression in designated wilderness areas on the Bitterroot National Forest for about 35 years, Forest Service officials are now ready to apply that knowledge to the rest of the forest and begin integrating the same wildland fire use into areas of the forest outside those designated wildernesses. More...

West Fork District Ranger Dave Campbell points to the remnants of the Lake of the Rocks Fire up Boulder Creek Canyon as he discusses fire behavior. Forest Service officials have learned a lot by watching fires burn without suppression efforts in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness for the last 35 years. Michael Howell photo.

Stevi town attorney resigns

By Michael Howell

Stevensville Town Attorney Art Graham turned in a letter of resignation at the last Town Council meeting on June 11. More...

Gash Creek body identified

By Michael Howell

The body of a man found in the Gash Creek area on June 7 has been identified as 49-year-old John Jerome Mulligan. More...

Wife arrested in shooting death

By Michael Howell

Ravalli County authorities have arrested 42-year-old Anna Marie Stout on suspicion of Deliberate Homicide, in connection with the murder of her husband, 52-year-old William "Bill" Stout. More...


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