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Volume XXIII, Number 1

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

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Tin Cup Fire leads to evacuations

By Michael Howell

One of the most recent fires to start in the Bitterroot, the Tin Cup Fire burning west of Darby, led to the evacuation of over three dozen homes in the area as of Monday evening, according to fire information officer Dixie Dies. More...

This photo of the Rombo fire was taken Tuesday, July 31, the day it was reported. As of Monday, this lightening-caused fire had grown to over 2000 acres. It is located about 16 miles south of Conner. Photo courtesy of Bitterroot National Forest

Rombo Mountain Fire continues to grow

By Michael Howell

The Rombo Mountain Fire, a lightning-caused fire located about 16 miles south of Conner, was first reported around 12:30 p.m. July 31. Three hours later it had grown to an estimated 300 acres. It is located on the West Fork Ranger District northeast of painted Rocks Reservoir. More...

County considers impact fees and ‘exactions’

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Commissioners established an Impact Fee Advisory Committee on Monday, July 30. It is one of the requirements encoded in recently adopted state law (Senate Bill 185) authorizing counties, towns and consolidated local governments to impose impact fees upon new development to fund all or a portion of the public facility capital improvements affected by the new development. More...

Commissioners decide not to challenge variance

By Michael Howell

The County Commissioners met twice last week to consider possibly challenging the June 24 decision of the Zoning Board of Adjustment to grant a variance to the Brooks Hotel subdivision. The proposal would create 14 condominium units on 3.35 acres near Corvallis. The current Interim Zoning regulations limit development to one dwelling per two acres. The variance, which was granted by the board, exempts the developer from that basic restriction. Despite some public opposition, the Commission decided not to challenge the variance decision. More...


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