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Volume XXII, Number 49

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Timelime for countywide zoning revised

By Michael Howell

County Planning Director Karen Hughes presented a revised time schedule for adoption of countywide zoning regulations to the Board of County Commissioners last week. If things go according to the new schedule, however, a countywide zoning regulation might not be ready for adoption until November, 2008. That comes very close to the time that the current Interim Zoning Regulations, which limit development to one dwelling per two acres, is set to expire. The Interim Zoning Regulation is actually set to expire on November 8, 2007, but it may be extended by the Commissioners for a year to November 8, 2008. All the Commissioners have expressed a willingness to extend the Interim Zoning Regulations for a second year if the new comprehensive zoning regulations are not ready for adoption in November 2007. More...

Picnics can come in many flavors. These three butterflies, Phyciodes orseis herlani, were having lunch on 'recycled' hay at the Big Creek Trailhead last week. The three had to battle a horsefly for their lunch. Jean Schurman photo.

Stevi to investigate status of CDBG funds

By Michael Howell

At the request of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) committee member Ed Cummings, the Town of Stevensville has agreed to investigate the status of the $307,000 that it currently holds from a few bankrupt ventures that were funded through CDBG grants to the town for economic development. The grant money was loaned to businesses that eventually failed. The Town then foreclosed on the businesses and sold off the company assets which generated the funds. The question is whether the rules for use of CDBG funds still apply to the money or not. More...

Montana steps up war on noxious weeds

By Michael Howell

Lawmakers and Governor Brian Schweitzer continued support for Montana's war on invasive weeds in the recently concluded 2007 Legislative Session. The Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund gained a major boost with the passage of House Bill 269, which adds an additional $5 million to the trust fund. More...

Weekend thunderstorms generate 19 fire starts

By Michael Howell

Bitterroot National Forest and neighboring Forests' fire crews have responded to 19 new fire starts since Friday evening's thunderstorm rolled across the Bitterroots. All are less than one acre in size; most are less than 1/2 acre. Of the nineteen new starts: More...


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