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Volume XXIV, Number 55

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Kootenai Creek Fire Update

Habitat for Humanity breaks ground for next project

To some it may have looked like just a shovel moving some dirt on a sunny afternoon, but to the Borgens it was a symbol of hope for a better future. Approximately 65 friends, family, volunteers and future neighbors gathered Monday, August 10 to celebrate the ground breaking for Christy, Kyle and Allison Borgen’s new home. The Borgens were selected last month as the latest partner family by Habitat for Humanity of Ravalli County (HFHRC). Their home will be located at 708 Cherry Street in Hamilton, where a groundbreaking ceremony with the family, volunteers and community members took place on Monday, August 10. More...

Christy Borgen and family, surrounded by the volunteers of Habitat for Humanity that will help them build a home. Sara Wiesemann photo.

County settles in Saddle Hills lawsuit

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners agreed to settle a lawsuit over the Saddle Hills subdivision that paves the way, literally, to the proposed subdivision as well as increasing the number of lots. More...

State charges man with outfitting without a license

Mockerman pleads not guilty to 14 misdemeanor and two felony counts

By Michael Howell

Barbara C. Harris, Assistant Attorney General for the State of Montana, appeared in Ravalli County District court last week to present charges against James E. Mockerman. The state has charged Mockerman with 14 misdemeanor and two felony counts of Outfitting Without a License. The charges are the culmination of an investigation that began in 2005. More...

James E. Mockerman quietly pleaded not guilty in Ravalli County District Court last week to 14 misdemeanor counts and two felony counts of Outfitting Without a License. Michael Howell photo.

Stevi approves grant application for water works

By Michael Howell

The Stevensville Town Council has balked for some time at making an application for a grant from the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) to make water system improvements because of basic uncertainties about the plan. Originally planned to fund the replacement of a water line from the town’s reservoir, among other things, the Council has been considering the abandonment of that system instead and possibly storing water closer to town in above-ground water towers. They approved application of the grant after consultants on the project assured them that the language in the grant application was general and broad enough to include either option in the end. More...

Neighbors at odds over logjam

By Michael Howell

Things got a little hot at the Bitterroot Conservation District meeting last week as the District Supervisors tried to deal with a 310 Permit application to remove a logjam on Bear Creek, west of Victor. More...

County takes down fence, agrees to fix intersection

By Michael Howell

County Road and Bridge Department Supervisor David Ohnstad scheduled an emergency meeting (not on the agenda) to meet with the County Commissioners last week and inform them that he was going to take down a fence that had been constructed in the roadway where Sunset Bench Road drops off the bench and intersects South Burnt Fork Road. More...

Jim Anderson used old well casings to erect a fence at the edge of his property to prevent encroachment, prompting the county to agree to fix the intersection at Sunset Bench and South Burnt Fork. Michael Howell photo.


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