John Engen http://mtpr.org en Missoula, Apple Valley Collaborate On Publicly Owned Water Utilities http://mtpr.org/post/missoula-apple-valley-collaborate-publicly-owned-water-utilities <p></p><p>Missoula and the southern California town of Apple Valley are separated by over 11-hundred miles, but both have at least one thing in common; officials from both towns want their local water systems under public ownership.</p><p>Leaders from both communities met earlier this week in Missoula to discuss ways to do just that.</p><p>Apple Valley's water system is owned and operated by Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company. In Missoula, it's Mountain Water Company.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:02:26 +0000 Edward O'Brien 22126 at http://mtpr.org Missoula, Apple Valley Collaborate On Publicly Owned Water Utilities Scoop it up and leash that pup! http://mtpr.org/post/scoop-it-and-leash-pup <p>A second grade exercise in persuasive letter writing led to an official reminder from Missoula authorities today: leash your dogs and - oh yeah - don't forget to pick up their poop, too.</p><p>Edward O'Brien has more:</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:03:44 +0000 Edward O'Brien 18144 at http://mtpr.org Scoop it up and leash that pup! Lawmakers ask if Missoula can charge fees to megaload shipments http://mtpr.org/post/lawmakers-ask-if-missoula-can-charge-fees-megaload-shipments <p>State lawmakers are asking what rights local governments have to charge fees to megaload shipments moving through Montana cities and towns.</p><p>These vehicles carry enormous pieces of equipment, blocking traffic as they haul their freight often to the tar sands of Canada or the Bakken oil patch.</p><p>The legislature’s Revenue and Transportation Interim committee inquired into the fees Tuesday.</p><p>Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says the city of Missoula began charging them a few years ago.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:44:20 +0000 Dan Boyce 15165 at http://mtpr.org