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Volume XXIV, Number 44

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Commissioners leaning towards compromise on airport changes

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners are close to consensus, according to Commission Chairperson Carlotta Grandstaff, on the controversial issue of pending airport improvements. Grandstaff said that the commissioners were at least in majority agreement about how to deal with the four alternatives being considered in response to necessary safety improvements at the airport. She said that it was probably one of those solutions that nobody was going to like for one reason or another but it was a good compromise alternative nonetheless. That would be Alternative 3 modified. More...

Executive Director of the RCEDA, Julie Foster, County Commissioner Kathleen Driscoll, Inger Rudbock, standing in for her deceased husband Tony, a strong supporter of the REC, RCEDA Chairman Monte Drake, and Hamilton Mayor Jerry Steele at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ravalli Entrepreneurship Center. Michael Howell photo.

Promise of a brighter future…

Groundbreaking for Ravalli Entrepreneuership Center held

By Michael Howell

“Golden” shovels clanked against hard rock as backers of the Ravalli Entrepreneurship Center (REC) “symbolically” broke ground at the planned facility’s new site located along Old Corvallis Road north of the Fairgrounds. Ground had actually already been broken as evidenced by the large mound of earth behind the shovelers and some preliminary work on the foundations. Construction will last all summer. Ravalli County Economic Development Administration (RCEDA) Chairman Monte Drake said plans call for the doors to open at the new 10,000 square foot facility in mid October, 2009.tation equipment available. There will be a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. and tours will begin at 2:30 p.m. More...

Ravalli County awarded grants

Bitterroot Valley Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Project

Ravalli County Environmental Health has received a $30,000 grant from the 319 Non-point Source Program to conduct one Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Event. The HHW collection event will provide a means for county residents to safely dispose of hazardous liquids such as used motor oil, paints, solvents, and pesticides, as well as universal waste such as batteries and mercury-containing products like fluorescent light bulbs, thermostats and thermometers. More...

Hamilton sets new park hours

The Hamilton City Council passed an ordinance amending the Hamilton Municipal Code regarding city parks and setting new park hours that effectively close the parks to public use between the hours of 11 p.m. and t5 a.m., without written authorization from the mayor. According to a memorandum to the Council from Special Projects Director Dennis Stranger, “The principal reason for revising this chapter was a request from the Police Department to specify hours when the parks would be open for public use.” More...

Roger DiBrito of the Florence Civic Club demonstrates bike repair at a recent event in Missoula. He will be at the Florence Park on June 13 demonstrating how to choose a bike, how to repair one, and general bike safety, as part of the Get Outdoors Day.

Florence schedules Get Outdoors Day

By Michael Howell

The Florence Civic Club is hosting several clinics as part of National Get Outdoors Day as a way to raise funds for the Florence Park. The educational fundraising event is scheduled for June 13, at Hide Out Mountain at the Florence Park from 9 a.m. to noon. The clinics will provide information and services related to all kinds of outdoor activities including bicycling, hiking, tennis, birding, first aid, and art. Special events, related to each of the clinics, are scheduled in the afternoon including a family bicycle ride from the park to the Carlton Creek picnic tables, a hike up Kootenai Creek, a fishing expedition to Chief Looking Glass fishing access site, tennis at the Florence Park tennis court, a birding expedition to the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. Or you can just stay in the Florence Park and paint with the Art in the Park group. More...

Map of proposed TIF District in Hamilton released

The City of Hamilton has proposed establishing an Urban Renewal Tax Increment Financing District in the area north of Fairgrounds Road and between Old Corvallis Road and the Eastside Highway, excluding the Arbors Subdivision. More...


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