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MONDAY, August 19, 2013

NEWSROOM 523-5240

Sapphire land consolidation complete By PERRY BACKUS Ravalli Republic

Bitterroot Forest, CB Ranch deal ends 22-year effort

HAMILTON – Twenty-two years after work began, the final deal to consolidate a mishmash of public and private lands in the southern Sapphire Mountains is finally complete. The recently signed land exchange between the CB Ranch and the Bitterroot National Forest marked the


conclusion of a long-sought, multiphase consolidation of former railroad land grants that created a checkerboard pattern of mixed ownership over 35 square miles in the Rye Creek area. It took a series of twists and turns and thousands of hours of work by a large number of people to bring it to an end.

The effort to consolidate the checkerboard ownership of public and private land dates back into the 1990s when the Darby Lumber Co. and the Bitterroot National Forest first entered into negotiations to purchase some of the railroad grant lands with Land and Water Conservation funding. The first section in the

headwaters of the Sleeping Child drainage was purchased in 1993. Six years later, the remaining private lands almost became public. In 1999, the agency entered into a purchase option with Darby Lumber Lands and the Trust for Public Lands to buy all the remaining 10,930 acres. Congress approved funding for See LAND, Page B2


Man dies of shot to chest Alleged shooter an acquaintance of victim By BETSY COHEN of the Missoulian

PERRY BACKUS/Ravalli Republic

Members of the Navajo Hotshots work to rehabilitate fire lines on the Gold Pan Complex in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area last week.


A 23-year-old Missoula man died early Sunday morning from a gunshot wound to the chest. Missoula police and emergency responders were called to an apartment complex at 730 Turner St. on the north side of town at 12:05 a.m. by a person who reported an accidental shooting. When police arrived, they found the 23-year-old unresponsive with a gunshot to his chest, said Sgt. Jake Rosling. The man was taken by ambulance to St. Patrick Hospital, where we was pronounced dead. The alleged shooter is a 21year-old Missoula man and an acquaintance of the deceased, Rosling said. A third person, who reported the incident, was at the scene at the time of the shooting. Although the incident remains under investigation and details are still emerging, the gun fired was a pistol, Rosling said. It is unknown if alcohol or drugs played a role in the shooting. No charges have been filed against the alleged shooter, who was on scene when law enforcement arrived.


Drawing for house is Sunday


WEST FORK – Diane Hutton faced hard choices last week. The seasoned incident commander had retaken control of the Gold Pan fire in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness last Monday. On that morning as she toured its perimeter along Magruder Road, there were only a couple of places where small spot fires still burned. Hotshot crews were working to rehabilitate fire lines. More than half of the people assigned to the fire had been reassigned and were moving out. Even the T-shirt

$100 tickets are still available By BETSY COHEN of the Missoulian PERRY BACKUS/Ravalli Republic

West Fork District Ranger Dave Campbell looks at one of the contingency lines constructed near the border of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. The lines were built to protect See WILD, Page B2 private lands should the Gold Pan fire make a run to the east.

Seeley author sends titles to kids in Oklahoma Signed books will go to tornado-hit area By BETSY COHEN of the Missoulian

Author Donna Love is doing her part to help the children and the schools of Oklahoma

City recover from devastating tornadoes that hit the area in May. Joining forces with children’s book authors and illustrators from around the country, Love is sending several copies of two of her books to two Oklahoma elementary

schools hit hardest by the natural disaster. “This is an unusual event,” Love said from her Seeley Lake home. “I have heard of sending books out for international causes, but I have never had a request like this come out of a national event.”

Happy 65th Birthday

Restocking the libraries at Plaza Towers and Briarwood elementary schools with books signed by the authors and illustrators was the idea of award-winning illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser and was promoted by the Children’s

The window is closing to purchase a $100 raffle ticket for a chance to win a 1,568-squarefoot home in Missoula. The second Student Built House, constructed under the mentorship of the Building Futures Program, will be given away in a drawing on Sunday at 1 p.m. The holder of one lucky ticket out of a maximum of 4,000 tickets sold will receive the keys to the one-level, threebedroom, two-bathroom home at 4860 Jeff Drive in the upper Linda Vista area. The home was finished in the summer of 2012, constructed by students from Missoula high schools through the Flagship Program and from Missoula

See AUTHOR, Page B2

Linda Johnson From Phil, Jeff, Carly, Bridget, Reid, Lexi and the new addition Sadie.

Have a great day! Love Always, Phil

See HOUSE, Page B2

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