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Volume XXIII, Number 6

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

No more alligators, crocodiles, venomous snakes, piranhas, or roosters allowed

By Michael Howell

The City of Hamilton recently approved an amendment to the zoning regulations that will prohibit keeping alligators, crocodiles, venomous snakes (rattlesnakes in particular), piranhas, and roosters within the city limits. It also prohibits keeping livestock in town. It does allow some domestic animals to be kept such as dogs, cats, birds and reptiles. This would include animals such as rabbits, ferrets, chickens (but not roosters), fish (but not piranhas). The regulation, although allowing reptiles, also specifically excludes rattlesnakes and other venomous snakes, alligators and crocodiles. More...

The 12th Annual Wine Tasting will be held at the Stevensville Museum, 517 Main, this Saturday, September 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy many unusual wines, delicious hors d'oeuvres, door prizes and a silent auction on the museum grounds. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased by contacting Victoria at 777-3928 or Dora at 777-3239. Proceeds go towards upkeep of the volunteer-run museum and acquisition of items significant to the history of the Stevensville area.

West Nile Virus infects a human, a horse and a moose in Ravalli County

By Michael Howell

According to officials at the Ravalli County Department of Public Health and Human Services, the first case in the county this summer of a horse infected with West Nile Virus was reported last week by Dr. Brett Bender. The horse had not been immunized. Earlier this summer a human case of the virus was also reported in the county as was one of the few ever substantiated reports of a moose being infected by the disease. More...


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