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Volume XXIII, Number 5

Thursday, September 6, 2007

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Petition submitted requiring citizen vote on annexations

By Michael Howell

A citizens petition to require general voter approval at a regularly scheduled election of all future annexations into the City of Hamilton was presented to the Hamilton City Council at its last meeting, held Tuesday, September 4. Petition organizers, Chris Linkenhoker and Bob Frost, claim to have collected 815 signatures. Some are from residents of the county who live outside the city, but "have passionate concerns for their quality of life and their personal finances." Nonetheless, they claim there are enough valid signatures from residents in the city to meet the requirement of 15 percent of the voters to force an election on the issue. More...

The unofficial end of summer in the Bitterroot, the Ravalli County Fair, held each year just prior to Labor Day, gives valley folks a last chance for fun and frolic before settling down to school and work for another season.
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County hears pitch for Senior Housing Cooperatives

By Michael Howell

Paul Travitz, Director of the Ravalli County Council on Aging, told the County Commissioners on Monday that his agency was considering investing in a potential Senior Housing Cooperative development on its property northeast of town along Old Corvallis Road. Working with Julie Foster, director of the Ravalli County Economic Development Authority, Travitz invited a national expert on Senior Housing Cooperatives to visit the Bitterroot. More...

Decision on Stevi Flats subdivision continued

By Michael Howell

After lengthy considerations last Thursday, the Ravalli County Commissioners decided to continue the review of the Stevi Flats Subdivision at a meeting scheduled for September 18, at 9 a.m. More...

FWP seeks injunction to keep Poker Joe Fishing Access Site open

By Michael Howell

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is back in court with local landowners over the right of public access along Simpson Lane to the Poker Joe Fishing Access Site on the Bitterroot River. The agency is asking the court for a preliminary injunction to prevent the local landowners from blocking the road and interfering with public access to the site, while a final judgment is pending. FWP is asking for a declaratory judgment that the public does have access on the road to the fishing access site. More...


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