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Volume XXIII, Number 8

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Regional workshop for blacksmiths held in Stevi

By Michael Howell

The Fall Conference 2007 of the Northern Rockies Blacksmith Association (NRBA) was held for three days this month at Jim Bolinger's St. Mary's Forge, located on St. Mary's Road west of Stevensville. Members showed up from around the region to learn what they could from conference demonstrator Tom Clark from Potosi, Missouri. Potosi not only sells tooling and power hammers, but he teaches at his own Ozark School of Blacksmithing. More...

Tom Clark, founder and teacher at the Ozark School of Blacksmithing in Potosi, Missouri, demonstrates some techniques on the automatic hammer during a workshop conference sponsored by the Northern Rockies Blacksmithing Association and held over a three-day period this month at Jim Bolinger's St. Mary's Forge, located west of Stevensville. Michael Howell photo.

Stevi Flats subdivision approved

By Michael Howell

The County Commissioners approved the Stevi Flats subdivision on a 4 to 0 vote last week. The subdivision, proposed by developer Scott Twite, will create 20 lots on 60 acres south of Stevensville off of Pine Hollow Road. The lots range in size from a little over two acres to just over three and a half acres. More...

Settlement reached in Poker Joe access case

By Michael Howell

A settlement agreement reached between Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) and some local landowners guarantees public access to the Poker Joe Fishing Access Site on the Bitterroot River north of Florence. The dispute arose when local landowners Dan Saunders and Ted Franklin, fed up with the problems associated with public use of the fishing access site, put a chain across the road blocking access to it. On February 2, 2007, FWP filed suit in Ravalli County District Court to keep the access open to the public. More...

Judge rules on term lengths for holdover commissioners

By Michael Howell

District Court Judge John Larson recently ruled that the terms of County Commissioners Greg Chilcott and Alan Thompson, the so-called holdover commissioners, will expire on January 1, 2009. This means that those two seats on the Board of County Commissioners will be up for election on November 6, 2008. This represents the final judgment in the case filed by several Ravalli County residents questioning the outcome of the last elections in which voters approved an increase in the number of commissioners from 3 to 5 and a decrease in the term lengths from 6 years to 4 years. More...

Hamilton passes tree ordinance

By Michael Howell

After a five-and-a-half-year effort, spearheaded by Council President DeAnne Harbaugh, the City of Hamilton passed a tree ordinance at their last meeting on September 18. The last two significant changes to the ordinance included making the city responsible for all safety related tree removal or trimming, while allowing property owners to trim without permission being required. More...

Coming soon - Prescription discounts for Ravalli County residents

By Michael Howell

About 15,000 free prescription discount cards were sitting on Commissioner Alan Thompson's desk last week just waiting for the best distribution plan to be devised for putting them into the hands of Ravalli County residents. The cards, at no cost to the card holder or to the county, according to Thompson, will bring the card holder a discount of about 20 percent on prescription drug purchases at participating pharmacies. Thompson said that in this case, in Ravalli County, that includes most every local pharmacy. More...

Greg Pape of Stevensville, Montana's Poet Laureate.

Greg Pape, Montana's Poet Laureate

By Gretchen L. Langton

Richard Hugo's poem, "Lecture," begins with this stanza:

Now rockets pierce the limit of our air,
our plans to grow potatoes on the moon
are near. Forget those poems about the woods
a little north, where pools of rain, you say
stare like eyes of silver giants, fallen
in a storm (symbolic war). The day
is ready for a poem about the stars. More...


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