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Volume XXV, Number 48

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

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Stevi council tries enforcement of transient business license law

By Michael Howell

The Town of Stevensville’s ordinance requiring transient businesses to get a $25 license or permit and proof of insurance was a recurrent topic of discussion at the last Council meeting on Monday, June 28. More...

Fire season looms

As drought severity lessens, potential for wildfire grows

By Michael Howell

The same June rains that put an end to Ravalli County’s severe drought status have also sponsored a lot of vegetative growth that may soon dry out, increasing the chances for fire starts across the valley and in the woods later this summer. More...

Violent storm sweeps through valley

An intense thunderstorm swept through the Bitterroot Valley last Tuesday, June 29, uprooting trees, snapping power poles off, overturning fireworks stands, ripping shingles off roofs and generally creating havoc across the valley, but especially at the north end between Florence and Lolo. More...

This overturned fireworks stand in the Gary & Leo's parking lot in Florence was just one of many mishaps caused by the storm that ripped through the valley on June 29. Michael Howell photo.

Stevensville pool opens

The Stevensville Swimming Pool is now open.

The pool was not going to be opened this summer as it was in need of various repairs. The Town of Stevensville is facing budget problems as well and decided to cut the pool budget. But the Stevensville community was not willing to sit by and let that happen. The Stevensville Community Foundation stepped up to the plate and began raising funds to make the necessary repairs. Lone Rock and Stevensville elementary school students also jumped in to help out with bake sales. Swank Enterprises, the construction company in charge of the Stevensville High School building project, also jumped on the bandwagon and sent four of their employees to help scrape old fiberglass off the pool walls. More...

Kids eagerly await the open door with Stevensville pool employees pictured from left to right at the grand opening are: Laura Frazee, Isaac Hunter, Rochelle Kutter, Michaila Funkhouser, James Enzler, and Melissa Henderson. Michael Howell photo.

Darby park district on the ballot

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners have agreed to place a measure on the November election ballot that would create a Darby Parks and Recreation District. Corinne Anderson and Heidi Kaminski made their successful pitch for a district to the commissioners last Tuesday, June 23. More...


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