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Volume XXIV, Number 52

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Kootenai Creek Fire Update

Commissioners say no to impact fees

By Michael Howell

People all over the state had their eyes on Ravalli County last week to see if the Corvallis School District would be the first school district in the state to institute impact fees on construction of new homes in the area to offset capital expenditures related to new growth. The law allowing for imposition of impact fees in a school district requires a unanimous vote of approval from the county commission. So things immediately looked bleak for proponents when Commission Chair Carlotta Grandstaff took a poll of commission members that showed three in favor and two against. In the end, one of those commissioners, Kathleen Driscoll, who showed her hand in favor of impact fees at the beginning, changed her mind and voted against the fees. The measure was defeated with Commissioners Grandstaff and Jim Rokosch voting in favor and Commissioners Greg Chilcott, J.R. Iman and Driscoll voting against. More...

Jeremy Oury crosses the finish line of the bicycle leg of the Lake Como Triathlon on Saturday. Contestants swam in Lake Como, biked on a course over Forest Service roads and then ran the trail around Lake Como in the race. Jean Schurman photo.

Undersheriff resigns

By Michael Howell

Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman announced last Friday that Undersheriff Kevin McConnell has resigned from the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office as of July 23. Undersheriff McConnell cited personal and family reasons. More...

Wood stove change out program

The Human Resource Council has received a grant to change out up to 70 wood stoves in Ravalli County in an effort to ease energy costs for low-income citizens and improve air quality in the valley. More...

Florence School gets energy grant

By Michael Howell

On Monday, the Montana Department of Commerce (DOC) announced it has awarded all of the $14.9 million available in Quick Start Energy Grants to pay for energy-saving improvements and studies at more than 100 schools throughout the state, and Florence is among the schools that will receive grant funds. This program is the result of proposed legislation to establish an energy-efficiency fund for K-12 schools introduced by Rep. Wanda Grinde (D-Billings) that ended up getting rolled into and passed under HB 645. More...

Kootenai Fire update

Intense lightning storms accompanied by varying quantities of precipitation had predictable effects on fire activity over the past 24-hour period. More...


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