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Volume XXII, Number 44

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Ralph Maki cuts through forty years

By Gretchen L. Langton

The brown, black and gray remains of the day linger around Ralph Maki’s hundred-year-old barber chair when we arrive. Ralph briefly perches on a seat against the wall. "You should come in the morning," he tells me for fear I might think he can always be found so, reclining with the door open and birds singing in the background. At that moment, in walks a tall, brown-skinned fellow in work boots with the toes worn out over the steel beneath. He sits down as if he knows the place. More...

Ralph Maki cuts George Frost's hair, while the two keep a running conversation going about everything from rattlesnakes to oldtimers in the Bitterroot. Jean Schurman photo.

County set to (partially) settle federal lawsuit over subdivision process

By Michael Howell

Ravalli County Commissioners agreed to some last minute changes on Monday in a settlement agreement with eleven out of fourteen plaintiffs involved in a federal lawsuit challenging the county's handling of the subdivision process as well as the restrictions placed upon developers by the emergency Interim Zoning Regulations that limit subdivisions to a density of one dwelling per two acres. More...

Shooting death east of Stevensville

By Michael Howell

Minutes before midnight on Friday, June 1, the Ravalli County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a suspicious person in the Middle Burnt Fork Road/Iron Cap Road area east of Stevensville. Deputies assisted by a Stevensville Police Officer attempted to locate a male adult after speaking to local residents. More...

National Guard may build in Bitterroot

By Michael Howell

The Department of Military Affairs is looking for a site to construct a new National Guard Armory, and it is looking in the Bitterroot Valley. In a letter to Stevensville Mayor Bill Meisner and the Town Council dated May 24, Lt. Col. Frank Little, Construction and Facilities Management Officer for the Department of Military Affairs, stated that the department had outgrown the facility in Missoula and will be selling the Missoula facility to help fund the construction of a new one in a location that has yet to be determined. More...

City Judge's fee agreement challenged at Supreme Court

By Michael Howell

Stevensville and Darby Municipal Judge Barbara "Skip" Kohn has devised a "court appointed attorney understanding" that she is requiring defendants to sign agreeing to pay for the cost of a court-appointed attorney. The price the defendant must agree to pay is different depending on whether the case is finally resolved by a plea bargain, by bench trial, or by jury trial. More...


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