This Week’s Missoula News Highlights – Week of March 25


Lolo Guest Ranch Settles Differences with Missoula County

The Donrovin Guest Ranch in Lolo will continue to operate after wrangling with Missoula County over subdivision laws. The business owners found themselves at odds with Missoula County over the environmental impact of their septic system. In January, Missoula District Court Judge Ed McLean allowed the ranch to stay in operation. The business and Missoula County have come to an agreement over the issue through a mediator. (read more) other links: Donrovin Ranch

Missoula City Council Moves to end Homelessness in Missoula

Homelessness in Missoula affects everyone and the Missoula City Council is looking to end the problem. Council members will hear from the public on April 15th regarding their plan to stop the affects of homelessness. Members of the Missoula City Council believe the long term benefits of the proposal will outweigh the $70,000 dollar cost of implementing it. (read more) other links: homelessness in Missoula

Missoula CollegeFunding for Missoula College Stays in Governor’s JOBS Bill

An attempt to defund Missoula College’s controversial construction site failed with the passage of House Bill 6 in the state’s legislature. Opponents of the school’s future University of Montana Golf Course building site attempted to stop a JOBS bill which included funding for the school. The plan came under scrutiny last fall after the popular area was chosen as the new home for the school. (read more) other links: college expansion

UM’s new Food Truck

University of Montana’s Dining Services is unleashing a new mobile food truck to better serve students on the UM’s main and west campuses. The truck looks to serve late night students with hunger pains who would normally have to venture off campus for meals. (read more)

Missoula Teacher Awarded Prestigious Albert Einstein Fellowship

Target Range School’s fifth grade teacher, Kaye Ebelt, has been selected as one of only 27 educators out of close to 200 applicants nationwide to live and work in Washington DC for 11 months. As a recipient of the Einstein fellowship, Ebelt will serve at the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Engineering (ENG), Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Division. (read more)


Each week, Tom Diddel recaps the week’s most talked-about stories in Missoula. Visit the Make it Missoula News & Opinion section for more talk of the town.


Tom Diddel has lived in Missoula on and off for nearly thirty-eight years. He enjoys skiing, hiking, and many other outdoor activities. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Montana and is currently working as a Freelance Writer and a Para-Educator.