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Thomas named Stevensville’s Public Works Director

By Michael Howell The Town of Stevensville’s public works used to be run by a couple of “twin” directors. One was Ed Sutherlin, usually referred to as Streets, Alleys and Parks Supervisor. The other was George Thomas, usually referred to as the Water and Sewer Supervisor. They were both generally present at any significant project…

Commissioners cancel discussion of condemnation for airport expansion

By Michael Howell Controversy over potential expansion at the Ravalli County Airport is decades old. Things appeared to be moving forward in January of 2016 when the Ravalli County Commissioners approved an Environmental Assessment that presented a preferred option for construction of a 5,200 foot long, 75 foot wide runway extending 1,550 feet further to…

We wish it wasn’t so, but darn it, but we still need your help!

It was gratifying to hear the excitement in people’s voices as they congratulated us on the recent dismissal of the lawsuit brought by Valerie Stamey against Ravalli County officials and Bitterroot Star publisher Michael Howell. Clearly, justice was served. Unfortunately, however, the prior lawsuit in which Stamey sued the Bitterroot Star for around $8 million…

Gravel pit applications to get extended review

By Michael Howell The deadline for acting on two controversial applications to develop gravel pits near Big Creek north of Victor has been granted an extended review period to give the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) more time to review the proposals. On December 12, DEQ conducted a joint public meeting for the two permit…

Greef, Gorski file for House District 88 seat

Sharon Greef of Florence has announced she is a Republican candidate for the state legislature in House District 88, which is the north end of Ravalli County. Greef is running for the seat currently held by her husband, Representative Ed Greef, who will be termed out at the end of 2018. Greef says she brings…

CASA volunteers provide vital service for children, courts

By Michael Howell Two new Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children, Mike Cressler, a retired military attorney and Denny Sutherland, a retired firefighter from the National Park Service, were recently sworn in by Ravalli County District Court Judge James Haynes. They are the latest volunteers to join the Bitterroot CASA program under the direction…

School principal responds to hunting violation charges

By Michael Howell On December 13, the Bitterroot Star published a letter to the editor concerning an alleged hunting violation by a school official based on rumors circulating in the community, which stated, “Just wondering why everyone has been quiet about a high-ranking school official and his son allegedly shooting two trophy elk on private…

Health officials report increase in influenza activity in state

Local and state public health officials are seeing an increase in influenza activity across the state, with nearly 200 new cases, 40 hospitalizations, and several outbreaks reported over the past two weeks. Reported cases are slightly higher than this time last year; however, influenza activity typically does increase in December. Department of Public Health and…

Fires cost Montana up to $240.5 million in visitor spending, report says

Montana lost up to 800,000 visitors due to the fires and smoke this past summer, according to a report produced by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana. “The reduction in visitation resulted in a loss of $240.5 million in visitor spending, translating to a 6.8 percent loss in expected…

Star awarded county legal, display advertising contracts

The Bitterroot Star was awarded the contract for publishing legal notices for Ravalli County for 2018, following the opening of bids last week. The Ravalli Republic, a five-day-a-week publication, has a sworn circulation of 2,018. The Bitterroot Star, a weekly publication, submitted a bid of $2.00 per 100-word folio for the first insertion and $0.50…